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Partnership Newsletter

June 6, 2022

The Veterans' Dormitory and Cut Short Memorial Garden served as a beautiful site of reflection for Memorial Day 2022.
An Important Alliance in the Village
Promises a Wealth of New Programs & Events

On May 24, 2022, Canton Township’s Board of Trustees formally recognized the importance of the Village Arts Factory to the economic success and development of the Village District, as well as the importance of offering opportunities for all residents to experience the arts and humanities locally. This newly strengthened partnership and service agreement between both entities will help provide events and services that continue to support and foster the cultural arts community in Canton.

Township Supervisor, Anne Marie Graham-Hudak shared, “We are pleased to be forging an alliance with the Partnership for the Arts & Humanities to support community events, arts programming and economic development in Canton. The opportunity to experience the arts and humanities, along with expanded programming, will benefit all Canton residents, including the underserved, disabled and at-risk-youth far into the future.”

Township Clerk, Michael Siegrist, added, “The Village Arts Factory is central to the Township Board’s vision for the Cherry Hill Development Plan…We are committed to investing in our ongoing relationship with the Partnership and support them in their efforts.”

The Partnership for the Arts and Humanities is elated to have a deeper level of investment and dedication from the Township to continue to build on the momentum that is already being cultivated there. Collaboration on this level will bring additional energy, creativity, and lifeforce to a pulse in the Village that grows stronger each day.

The Partnership for the Arts is calling on you to be a part of that energy yourself this summer, as the warehouse and its tenants invite the community to come get hands on with art in ways that inspire, excite, heal, and entertain. Follow The Village Arts Factory on Facebook to keep up to date on all that’s happening, and celebrate summer with friends, family, neighbors, and art in the Village.

Summer Spotlights at The Village Arts Factory

This month we’re excited to shine a light on some of the talented and dedicated people who help make the Village Arts Factory’s Warehouse such a dynamic and special community gathering place. Watch for more spotlights to brighten our newsletters in the coming months!

Board Member Spotlight: Meet Charles Schulz
Partnership for the Arts & Humanities Board Chair

A long-time boy scout, Charlie understands the importance of giving back through volunteer events and projects and how one person can make a difference. He continued his dedication to public service as a police officer for a small municipality in Michigan for three years. This experience inspired him to finish his bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice - Administration and Management, and eventually a master's degree in Public Safety and Leadership. Currently, he is employed with a large retail organization that makes community involvement a cornerstone of its culture. In 2018, he joined the Partnership for the Arts and Humanities Board. Over the years, he has secured more than $25,000 in grants for the organization and has served on various sub-committees. Now serving as Board Chair, Charlie shares, “It has been a humbling and inspirational experience. Reflecting on our diverse and culturally rich community, I believe that the Partnership for the Arts and Humanities will continue to be an integral part of the greater Canton and Western Wayne regions.”

Arts Warehouse Tenant Spotlight: Meet Fatima Siddiqui
Flowing Script Calligraphy

Born in Pakistan, and raised in the United States from the age of one, Fatima’s company, Flowing Script, is the ever-growing journey of incorporating Islamic, Arabic, and English calligraphy into different mediums in different ways. Painting calligraphy onto canvases, adding an Islamic twist to Western farmhouse pieces through calligraphy, burning calligraphy onto natural woods through pyrography, and incorporating Islamic/Arabesque geometric patterns to the calligraphy are what she specializes in. She offers both ready-made and customized home decor, canvases, coasters, farmhouse signs, Islamic holiday decor, and functional art. Fatima shared, “I hope to continue exploring many more new methods and techniques, always including calligraphy into them.” Recently, Fatima hosted the enormously successful Michigan Ramadan Market, which is open to the public, regardless of religion, and she plans to host another in 2023. You can view her work and receive updates about new products in the studio on her Instagram @flowingscript.


Partnership Staff Spotlight: Meet Kevin Ryan
Social Media & Web Content Manager

Kevin Ryan joined the Partnership staff in April and brings with him extensive experience building musical and creative community through collaborative artistic mediums and a steadfast dedication to supporting human achievement through creative enterprise. He holds an undergraduate degree in Music Performance from Albion College (MI) and a masters degree in Orchestral Conducting from the Ithaca College School of Music (NY). A Michigan native and resident of Canton, Kevin also serves as the full-time Director of Music at St. Thomas a'Becket Catholic Church on Lilley Rd. Besides his work as a professional musician, music director, and accompanist, Kevin maintains a private studio of piano students while also supporting the creative endeavors of several non-profit organizations including the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, Forever After Productions, and the Michigan Depression Glass Society. 

Celebrating Pride Month
The Partnership unveils New DEI Statement

Across the country, and internationally, communities everywhere are embracing and celebrating June as Pride Month, which honors the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, and serves as a commemorative opportunity to recognize the positive impact made by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. This Pride Month the Partnership for the Arts & Humanities is proud to share its new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Commitment, which was formally adopted by the Board of Directors this May:

The Partnership for the Arts and Humanities is committed to a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment where all board members, staff, volunteers, tenants, patrons, and guests feel respected and valued regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation or identity, disability, education, or any other potential bias.

We are committed to being nondiscriminatory and providing equal opportunities for employment, volunteering, and advancement in all areas of our work.

We respect the value that diverse life experiences bring to our board, leadership, and staff, and we strive to listen to their views and give them value.

We are committed to modeling diversity, inclusion, and equity, and maintaining fair and equal treatment in all of the work we do.

Currently on Display in the Art Gallery:
Months of Reflection: Celebrating Juneteenth


The Partnership for the Arts & Humanities is a non-profit 501(c)(3) cultural arts organization that encourages the development of cultural arts & humanities in our community.



Black Small
Business Market
@Village Arts Factory
June 19, 1-5pm

Agent Orange
Awareness 5K
@Preservation Park
August 27, 9am

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