2013-08-02 / News

Mackinac Arts Council’s Art Rocks the Boat Fundraiser Tuesday, August 6


Mackinac Island Public School Students (front row, from left) Owen Morse, Leon Sehoyan, Dominic Morse; (back row) Aidan Martin, Trevor Pereny, Max Jones, Wyatt Morse, Ellie Jones, Ava Sehoyan, and Adriana Pereny sold tickets for Mackinac Arts Council’s Art Rocks the Boat fundraiser Tuesday, July 30, at Marquette Park. Art Rocks the Boat is Tuesday, August 6, and all proceeds go to the art and music programs at Mackinac Island Public School. (Photograph by Allison Sehoyan.) Mackinac Island Public School Students (front row, from left) Owen Morse, Leon Sehoyan, Dominic Morse; (back row) Aidan Martin, Trevor Pereny, Max Jones, Wyatt Morse, Ellie Jones, Ava Sehoyan, and Adriana Pereny sold tickets for Mackinac Arts Council’s Art Rocks the Boat fundraiser Tuesday, July 30, at Marquette Park. Art Rocks the Boat is Tuesday, August 6, and all proceeds go to the art and music programs at Mackinac Island Public School. (Photograph by Allison Sehoyan.) Art Rocks the Boat is the name of a fundraising cruise aboard a catamaran, which will benefit Mackinac Arts Council’s support of local school art and music programs Tuesday evening, August 6.

The fundraiser aboard an Arnold Transit Company catamaran will cruise from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Guests are asked to arrive at 6:45 p.m. to board. Tickets cost $50 and include live entertainment by Jane Finkel, Brian Spencer, and Brian Thomas, refreshments, and appetizers. Attendants are encouraged to purchase tickets beforehand, program director Lily Porter said, by contacting the arts council at (906) 984-4124.

All proceeds will go to the art and music programs at Mackinac Island Public School. This is the fourth year of the fundraiser.

“We think that art and music both are a very important part of education and enriching young people’s lives,” Ms. Porter said.

Other upcoming arts council events include the screening of “Winter’s Bone” with Jim Bogan and Glen Young discussing the transition from novel to film at 7:30 p.m. Friday, August 2, at the Center for the Arts. the film “Moonrise Kingdom” will be shown at 8 p.m. Monday, August 5, at the Center for the Arts. There will be a pastel workshop with Nicki Griffith at 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 6, at the Richard and Jane Manoogian Art Museum. The Wild Family, a folk band, will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, August 8, at Marquette Park.

Ms. Porter said attendance at the arts council’s summer events has been steady and the council is thriving off of community engagement and support. She said the Center for the Arts, the home of the Mackinac Arts Council, has contributed to this.

“This year we’ve gone from about 25 (in 2012) to about 70 events,” she said. “We are trying to always do what we can for the community and the community has been very supportive and responsive to that.”

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