The Art of the Matter: Free Workshop for Students

The Farmington Area Arts Commission will host “The Art of the Matter,” a first-time event for students interested in pursuing careers and involvement in the arts, on Wednesday, March 19 at the historic Visitors Center in Heritage Park. The event will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Heritage Park is located on Farmington Road, between Ten and Eleven Mile Roads.

“The Art of the Matter” is geared toward students in middle and high school and interested community members, and is free to the public. No pre-registration is required.

“The workshop provides an interactive forum for middle and high school students to explore diverse art-focused educational and career opportunities. Art fuels our passions and helps to drive our economy. We want our youth to understand that a terrific future awaits them should they decide to pursue artistic careers and interests,” says Celeste McDermott, Farmington Area Arts Commissioner.

“The Art of the Matter” will consist of a panel discussion with a variety of accomplished art representatives, who will offer a wide range of diverse perspectives on the arts, including careers, entrepreneurship, education, government involvement, and leisure. Following the panel discussion, an open forum will allow participants an opportunity to address the panelists.

Panelists will include:

Robert Aikins, 2013 Farmington/Farmington Hills Artist in Residence; Retired Chief Designer, Ford Motor Company

Art by Robert Aikins

(c) Robert Aikins

Amy Armand, Director of Recruitment, College for Creative Studies

Carol Cranston, Art Therapist, McLaren Health Care

Ted Hadfield, Artist and President and CEO of Artpack Services, Inc.

Jordan Sheatzley, North Farmington High School Senior; Performer, Actors Avenue; Student Instructor, Farmington Hills Youth Theatre

Susan Warner, Artist and Designer; Member, Farmington Area Arts Commission

Moderator: Nancy Coumoundouros, Cultural Arts Supervisor, City of Farmington Hills.

A reception will follow the panel discussion to offer further opportunities to network with the panelists. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call the Farmington Hills Cultural Arts Division at 248-473-1856.

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