Our Mission, Goals, and Feature Programs
The Plymouth Community Arts Council (PCAC) was founded in 1969 to provide quality fine and performing arts, and cultural opportunities to the greater Western Wayne County community. Programs and activities focus on ensuring accessibility to all the arts by all ages. The PCAC's mission is to develop and to promote the appreciation and accessibility of the Arts for everyone in the greater community and in doing so, encourage and foster artistic excellence.
In 1995, PCAC acquired and totally renovated the current building on 774 North Sheldon and then dedicated it in January 1998 as the Joanne Winkleman Hulce Center for the Arts. In 2001 PCAC also received a donation of a second building, The Artsco House directly adjacent for artist studios, media center, additional classroom space and program offices. The PCAC complex now provides arts education classes, a theater program, concerts, lectures & seminars, recitals, workshops, artist studio space, community based enrichment activities & private rentals, all on site.
Education and Public Programs
Since its inception, the PCAC has consistently provided arts programs to its primary service area, the Plymouth-Canton Community School District. The initial focus was to supplement and enrich the education provided at Plymouth-Canton schools, through the exposure to the arts, with the "picture lady" program. Today PCAC utilizes over 300 volunteers to provide the Art Volunteer Program (AVP) in the fifth largest district in the state with over 17,000 students in 16 elementary schools, 5 middle schools and an educational park consisting of 3 high schools. Over 15% of the student population has minority designation in a community of 95,000 people total population. The Children's Theater Program, Plymouth Uptown Players (PUPs), offers school aged children an opportunity for theater, rehearsal and performance experiences. A full schedule of summer art camps are also offered, exposing youngsters to a variety of art disciplines.
Every Wednesday for 10 weeks each summer, Music in the Park has taken live quality entertainers to Kellogg Park in the center of downtown Plymouth for 26 years
Ongoing, in-house Art Exhibits are open to the public and free of charge at the Joanne Winkleman Hulce Center for the Arts.
Ongoing fundraising including the annual Dinner Auction, contributions from local businesses, corporations and State of Michigan Arts organizations such as the MCACA, combined with program fees and a strong membership program are the primary source of income for PCAC's annual budget
A strong, on-going, working relationship with local partner organizations such as the Plymouth Symphony, Plymouth Historical Museum, the P-C school district and local governments enables PCAC to accomplish multiple program collaborative activities yearly.