Donations make sure that art is accessible to everyone, every day - including awards for student artists and children's art fair programs.

Communities are based on a shared identity - and that's part of what we build at the Anton Art Center. The art center was founded in 1969, but in just the last few years we've grown to have a real impact not just on Mount Clemens but on Macomb and St. Clair Counties. People refer to us as the gem of Macomb County, and it's true that the center is a very special place.

We exhibit - monthly exhibitions in the Main Galleries, the Petitpren Community Gallery and the Boll History Gallery. Some exhibitions feature working artists, some feature students, teachers or hobbyists. All of them feature quality work in a variety of media.

We educate - classes in many art forms are offered for reasonable fees, with great instructors. We also have free monthly workshops and special events, and everything is open to the public.

We inspire - everyone should have a personal relationship with art. You don't have to understand or like everything you see, but let art be part of your daily life and you'll be enriched by the experience.

We're a small operation (only 4 staff members) but we have lots of active volunteers and artists who help with our programming:

  • Gretchen Rose, an artist and occupational therapist, runs our Healing Arts Program at Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals. She works in the inpatient rehab units, helping patients resume socialization and regain their fine and gross motor skills. Patients show a definite improvement, both physical and mental, after participating in Healing Arts.
  • Carolee Schmid is a volunteer, teacher and artist. Her mother, also an artist, was one of the original group that founded the center. Four generations of Carolee's family have been involved in our programming, including her 7 year old granddaughter. Carolee has work in our Close to Home Macomb County Art Competition show, at the same time her granddaughter's in our Macomb County Grades K-6 show. At a reception this month, Carolee said it was a great treat to have her work and her granddaughter's on exhibit at the same time, just in two different galleries.
  • Volunteer Louise Borkowski helps install exhibitions. Her son, Andy, built a tool storage unit for the art center's loading dock as his Eagle Scout project. Louise used to bring Andy to the art center when he was a baby, so that she could volunteer - so helping out the art center seems to be in Andy's blood!

One of our staff members, part-time Grant Coordinator Phil Gilchrist is also a teacher, student, volunteer and artist at the center, and past president of the Mount Clemens Art Association, a group that has an annual exhibit here.

The state of Michigan gives us money to regrant to smaller organizations, such as All the World's a Stage, an organization that helps kids develop life skills through theatrical performance. We're also currently seeking grants to fund the development of an art incubator near downtown Mount Clemens, that would offer low-cost artist studios, additional classrooms, galleries and performance space.

The Anton Art Center is a small organization with big impact. We make a positive difference in our community. Please help support our programs!

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