The Royal Oak Arts Council, a Non-Profit 501(c) 3 Volunteer Organization, began more than 48 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.
The ROAC is very saddened to hear of the passing of Joy Skiba. An avid proponent of the arts, Joy was instrumental in founding the Royal Oak Arts Council and bringing numerous cultural programs to the city and its schools, where she was fondly remembered as the “picture lady.”
Joy departed this life January 7, 2020. She was the beloved wife of the late John Michael Skiba. She will be always cherished as a selfless, loving mother to Todd Taylor Skiba (Megan). Held in loving memory by sister Carol Was (Robert) and by the many dear friends and family members to whom she was ever devoted. With a journalism degree from Wayne State University, Joy worked as a senior copywriter for J.L. Hudson Co. in Detroit, and went on to host The Home Show – a talk show that aired on WEXL radio for nearly 20 years.
Joy’s vibrant personality and irrepressible spirit will be missed by all.
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 50th 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.
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.