Culture Fest Downriver set for January 19 at WCCCD in Taylor

Culture Fest Downriver, a one-day expo produced by the Downriver Council for the Arts (DCA) and featuring arts and cultural organizations, artists and performers, will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, January 19, in the Ray Mix Room at the Downriver Campus of Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) in Taylor.

The free expo is a DCA 30th Anniversary event in collaboration with WCCCD.

Activities planned for the day include: information and exhibit booths, “sampler” performances, artist demonstrations, art exhibits, “Creation Station,” a children’s activity area and workshops.

Participating organizations include: Art Ambiance, Heritage Chorus, Sweet Adelines, Monart Drawing is Fun School, Seaway Chorale and Orchestra, Downriver Family YMCA, Taylor Ballet Americana, Downriver Poets and Playwrights, Downriver Community Band, Taylor Cultural Commission and Friends of the Arts, A & L Fine Art, Taylor Conservatory Foundation, Kuschel Studios, Grosse Ile Art Alliance, Downriver Community Voices, Wyandotte Woodcarvers and Southgate Community Players.

Visitors to Culture Fest can view artists in action, including painters Leo Kuschel and David Grose, woodcarver David Matt and Nancy VanAlstyne, who will demonstrate drawing techniques.

“Sampler” performances are scheduled throughout the day and offer a variety of live performance experiences. The schedule is as follows: Seaway Chorale, 11 a.m.; Taylor Ballet Americana, 11:30 a.m.; Downriver Community Voices, Noon; Downriver Poets and Playwrights, 1 p.m.; Southgate Community Players, 1:30 p.m.; Heritage Chorus Sweet Adelines, 2 p.m.; and Downriver Community Band, 3 p.m.

A “drop-in” drawing workshop, under the guidance of instructor Mark Jackson, is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants can bring their own drawing supplies and try their hand at drawing from a live clothed model. A special Culture Fest Workshop fee of $8 will be charged.

A colored pencil workshop, taught by DCA Gallery Co-coordinator Martine MacDonald, will take place from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Registration is closed on this workshop, but Culture Fest visitors can stop by to observe the process and sign up for future workshops of this type.

Kids of all ages can enjoy “Creation Station,” the children’s activity area, and leave with their own original work of art.

Culture Fest Downriver is sponsored by the Masco Corporation Foundation, The News-Herald Newspapers and Wayne County Community College District, with additional support provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Additional Culture Fest Downriver information is available on the DCA Web site,, or by calling (734) 287-6103. The DCA office, located at 20904 Northline Road in Taylor, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.