What is the Village Arts Factory

It is a destination where history and art come together, come alive, and are embraced by individuals of all ages.
Property History
Our property has an amazing history and the buildings have played a significant role in our community.
Visit
The Village Arts Factory is a place to see and experience art as well as to relax and enjoy the outdoors.
Supporting our Veterans
We strive to create a place where veterans can find support and healing as they transition to civilian life.

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We would like to thank our sponsors for their support!

We Need Your Help!

Did you know, the Village Arts Factory is a 501(c)3 non-profit? The pandemic has severely impacted the level of donations in 2020 and 2021, and yet we still have financial obligations to meet and bills to pay. Your donations help keep the rent affordable at the Warehouse for our emerging artists and make our special event programs like Concerts and Cars possible. To fund the Village Arts Factory and make necessary repairs at the Veterans Dormitory, we need to raise $200,000 in the next 12 months. Help us meet our financial obligations in 2022 and keep the dream alive.

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Christmas in the Village

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Calling all arts, craft, and food vendors! Online vendor applications are now available for the 2022 Christmas in the Village right here at the Village Arts Factory. This festive event finds the Arts Factory transformed into a winter wonderland with a Christmas Market available for you to display and sell your artisanal wares. The registration fee for vendors is $50 and $75 for food trucks. Click on the button below to apply!

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Now on Display: Animals and Art

By Guest Artist Nick Bair

Now on display at the Village Arts Factory: “Animals and Art” by Nick Bair. Nick’s exhibit features works in a variety of media including ink, watercolor, acrylic, charcoal, and colored pencil. A world traveler who frequents zoos and museums, “Animals and Art” explores Nick’s passion for contemporary large mammals while depicting scenes from nature that contain a strong narrative quality. He has a unique and inspiring voice as an artist who also has autism. Welcome to the Village Arts Factory, Nick!

The gallery is open most weekdays from 9 AM to 5 PM. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Contact kevin.ryan@cantonmi.gov for more information.

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Portrait Painting Workshop

October 7 & 8, 2022

In these sessions we will explore value-based “light on form” painting methods to create expressive, professional level portraits. Robert will also present a few salient drawing and painting exercises and demonstrate in the morning sessions. Using live models, the focus will be on gaining a deeper understanding of observable values to achieve form, character and likeness. Robert will teach you to think like a painter. Honest observation and abstraction of planes and forms will be the key. Concrete, practical application, rather than meaningless theory, will be the order of the day. The instruction will be tailored to allow for a deepening of the individual’s unique approach and response to the subject at hand. Expect lots of individual attention and nothing less than a major epiphany regarding how the subtle manipulation of light on form actually works in depicting realistic subjects and brings light into your work. Robert will demonstrate the essence of the master stroke.

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Kids Halloween Stroll 2022

Saturday, October 29, 2022

The Village Arts Factory in partnership with Canton Leisure Services is excited to offer the Kids Halloween Stroll at the Village Arts Factory once again this year with games, music, treats, decorations, and costumes! Trick or Treaters will travel from studio to studio on their stroll with fun interactive stations located throughout the warehouse building. This event is geared toward younger trick or treaters; ages 12 and under recommended. The music and decorations will be festive, not scary. Costumes for everyone are encouraged!

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“How Do I Sign Up For Classes?”

“How do I sign up for classes at the Village Arts Factory?” is the number one reason that people call or email us. The answer is easy! Classes, workshops, and hours of operation are handled by each individual tenant. Click on the “Get More Info” button below. On this page you can click on the “Learn More” button of each Village Arts Factory artist to find their individual web sites and contact info where you can contact each artist to see how you can sign up for classes. Please keep in mind that not all artists at the Village Arts Factory offer classes. Artists like the Branded Barby won’t teach you how to be a professional ink slinger, but if you are looking for confidence boosting, life altering body art, give them a call to sign up for an appointment.

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Volunteer at the Village Arts Factory

Would you like to make a difference in your community? We need your help to make the Village Arts Factory a destination in Southeast Michigan for all things arts– visual and the performing arts. Sign up today to be a volunteer and help us make the dream a reality!

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Building a Future,
While Honoring the Past

The Village Arts Factory is located where Henry Ford’s last village industry and our Arts Warehouse stands today.

This 14-acre property stood vacant for over 10 years until we transformed it into a place where art of all kinds can flourish. We are now open as a regional gathering place where all ages and cultures can come together.

Property History
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Get Inspired

Did you know that here at the Village Arts Factory we have our own YouTube channel? Don’t forget to “like” and subscribe!

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Visit Us

Arts Warehouse
Our 17,500 square foot warehouse is home to a wide variety of artist studios where you see them perform their craft, purchase their artwork and enjoy a refreshment.
Cut Short
An outdoor memorial garden that honors those who have served and those lives who have been cut short.
Events
We offer opportunities for our community to participate in the arts through classes, workshops, galleries and informational events.
Factory Grounds
COMING SOON! Our next phase of the project is to begin construction on the eight-acre woodland area that is on our property. Check out what’s coming…
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Supporting & Honoring our Veterans

Henry Ford has a long history of supporting and honoring our veterans. Our desire is to continue honor his memory and the vision he had for the property.
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Veterans' Dormitory
Please consider supporting our veterans with a donation this Veterans Day, November 11th. The Veterans' Dormitory serves as an Urban Retreat/Residence for veterans struggling with housing and those who need a supportive environment in the Detroit Metro area. We are thrilled that The Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund is leasing the Veterans' Dormitory and will offer a program to give support to veterans.
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CUT SHORT: Veterans Memorial Project
Cut Short is an outdoor memorial garden next to the Veterans' Dormitory consisting of white posts placed in lines like the white crosses of Arlington National Cemetery to represent those who served a full career and those whose lives were “cut short.”