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Warm Regards 

A Farewell Letter

I wanted to share with all of you that today is my last day as the Executive Director of the Partnership for the Arts and Humanities. I am leaving to become the new Hospital Development Media Coordinator with Gift of Life Michigan. It is an exciting opportunity, but it is also bittersweet to leave a great team and to no longer be surrounded by the energy and excitement of the Village Arts Factory.
 
We have all been through a lot of challenges over the last year and a half. I wanted to thank all of you for helping us to get as far as we have come. I look back at all that we have accomplished together and am amazed at how all of you have pulled together in the face of extreme adversity.
 
Together we have overcome building closures due to a worldwide pandemic, road closures/work on Cherry Hill and Ridge roads, the death of one of our own here at the Village Arts Factory with the passing of Stephan Dull, having Google maps not be able to locate our campus (rectified), acres of poison ivy, installation of a new sign out by the road-- and the biggest challenge of all: a new roof at the Veterans Dormitory. Thanks to the generosity of a single donor we were able to fix the roof and should have two new residents moving into the dorm-- giving two more vets a warm, DRY, safe place to call home while they overcome the obstacles of today’s uncertain world.
 
I tell everyone that the artists at the VAF were my creative solution generators. There was no obstacle too big to overcome. They were always there with a suggestion or a helping hand to make things right and turn what could have been a disaster into an opportunity.
 
I would like to thank the Board Members of the Partnership for the Arts and Humanities for giving me this exceptional opportunity to work on a project that brought together two of my lifelong passions: art and historic preservation.
 
I would like to thank everyone who volunteered at the Village Arts Factory during my tenure as Executive Director. I thank each one of you for your kindness and generosity of your time and talents to make the Village Arts Factory into a welcoming place where the community can come together to explore the arts.
 
I wish you all success and look forward to following all of the VAF events and projects. Exciting things are coming to the Village Arts Factory in the next few years. It has been my pleasure to serve as your Executive Director at the Village Arts Factory.
 
Thank you all sincerely,
 
Wendy Harless


We Need You!

Reaching Our Goal Together

Your donations in 2021 made it possible for veterans to take free art classes, for youth to learn dance at Reigning Motion Dance, for children to experience summer camp with exercise at Jump-A-Rama, and a daily art project at D & M Art Studio. Your support in 2021 made it possible for us to commemorate Juneteenth with a teen photography exhibit that explored what it is like to grow up African-American in 21st Century America. Thanks to you, we were able to hold 14 different community events including outdoor concerts, art sales, Village Henna Fest, the Halloween Stroll, and Christmas in the Village.


We would like to thank everyone who has already made a donation in 2022, but we still have a long way to go to reach our fundraising goal of $200,000 in 2022. There are many ways to contribute. If you are comfortable with Go Fund Me, you can find our Go Fund Me campaign online by clicking here. 


If you are not comfortable with using the Go Fund Me platform, supporters can also help us by making a donation via our website by clicking here
 
Or donors can send us a check made payable to the Partnership for the Arts and Humanities at 50755 Cherry Hill Rd. Suite 10, Canton, MI 48188.
 

We understand that not everyone is in a position at this time to make a donation. Sharing our fundraising campaign on your social media channels is also a great way to contribute to the effort. Please help us spread the word so that we can reach more people and make 2022 a success.
 

A Series of Exciting Events

The Village Arts Factory will once again hold a special two month long exhibition in our gallery to commemorate Juneteenth. Months of Reflection: Celebrating Juneteenth" will include the work of 13 local black artists. The reception will be held May 6th from 7pm-9pm in the Shaw Gathering Place in the Warehouse Building. This exhibit will run through the end of June and is free to the public. 

The weekend of Juneteenth will see a new event at Heritage Park, sponsored by Canton Township on Saturday, June 18th. Then for Sunday, at the Village Arts Factory we will be hosting a black owned business market of small businesses owned by African Americans in the Southeast Michigan area. The market will run from 1pm-5pm at the Village Arts Factory on June 19th. Click here to get more info.
This will be a series of events not to be missed! 

Artists Needed

Apply Today!

Last year saw the inaugural Cherry Hill Village Festival in Canton's historic Cherry Hill Village. If you are an artist who is interested in being a part of the artists' market at this two-day event, click here to apply online for this juried show. Applications are due July 1st. Booth spaces are outdoors, 10'x10' and located on the campus of the Village Arts Factory. Each vendor must supply its own tent, table, and chairs for the space. Booths will cost $150 each.




















 

Giving Back

Volunteers Needed

Would you like to make a difference in your community? We are looking for volunteers to help us with everything from gardening, to grant writing to events. If you are looking for a fun way to give back to your community, please click here to join our volunteer community.

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Be in the Know

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Contribute to the 2022 Partnership Society.  Please make a donation today at https://partnershipforarts.org/giving/ or mail it to 50755 Cherry Hill Rd, Suite 10 Canton, MI 48188
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