…The Royal Oak Arts Council, a Non-Profit 501(c) 3 Volunteer Organization, began more than 40 years ago to increase the visibility of the Art Community at large. The group and those it supports include Artists – both fine and performing, Students of the Arts, Art Organizations and the Art Experience in and around the Community of Royal Oak.
Major focus of the ROAC has been put on pARTnering with other organizations to make “Arts” things happen. One of those partnerships is with the City of Royal Oak’s Recreation Department to present the Annual Royal Oak Outdoor Art Fair. Together we plan and present this fabulous outdoor Fine Art Fair, now in its 46th year. A nationally recognized juried event, the fair draws fine artists from across the country to our beautiful shade tree lined Memorial Park for a weekend of free family fun and entertainment.The Council also works with the Royal Oak Public Library to feature a local Artist of the Month throughout the year. Works of Art are on display in the showcase just inside the South Entrance of Library. A highlight of this program is a new venture, the addition of student art displays from Royal Oak Schools – public and private. Artwork is selected by art teachers and represents the work of Elementary, Middle School and High School students.
Enjoy Classical Music? Annually, the ROAC in partnership with an area church presents the Royal Oak Baroque Festival Concert. The event is a celebration of music from Europe’s 1600 through mid 1700’s, a popular style still studied, performed and enjoyed today. Featured music will include composers such as Bach, Handel, Scarlatti and Vivaldi presented in a free concert of instrumental and vocal performances. Instrumentals featuring the organ, clarinet, brass and saxophone and soon to include the ROAC’s refurbished Harpsichord. For more information about this year’s Concert please hit our Concert link.
Donations and our share of profits from Outdoor Art Fair support local arts organizations in the form of annual grants presented to our pARTners which include: Common Ground Art Therapy Program – Pontiac, Royal Oak Children’s Choir, Royal Oak Concert Band, Royal Oak Handbell Choir, Royal Oak Symphony Orchestra, the South Oakland Artists Association, Stagecrafters Theatre Group, and Water Works Theatre - Shakespeare in the Park Summer Program. For more information on each of these groups and their related performances, see the pARTners tab for our most up to date information on their activities.
Annually, graduating Royal Oak High School seniors that have been involved in visual, literary or performing arts such as Fine Arts, Music, Drama, Dance and Creative Writing may apply for an Arts Council Scholarships. Applications are available at High School Counseling offices in Mid-January and on-line here. Completed forms, recommendations and samples must be returned by U.S. Mail, postmarked no later than listed on the application for the award year (example March 31, 2015). Scholarship winners receive their checks which are to be used toward college tuition in May. Do you know any promising Royal Oak High School Arts students? Please let them know about this opportunity.