Photo by Patrick Conlon
For Mackinac Island's nearly 500 winter residents, the colder months are a time of reflection, time spent with friends, and an opportunity to repair and improve infrastructure. Community members enjoy bingo nights, trivia, open mics, karaoke, dancing, and (of course) snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and skiing all over the island. The Mackinac Arts Council is pleased to provide artistic and creative opportunities for islanders throughout the winter months.
Music Mondays on Mackinac Island is a weekly jam session that meets every Monday at 7:00pm in Community Hall the first week of January through the end of March. Anybody can come and play any instrument, sing, or just hang out and listen. Participants may bring their own instruments, or there are house instruments to share. Audience members are encouraged to come listen, dance, hang out, and make requests!
Enjoy a relaxing time by the fire at Johnson Hall in Straits Lodge at Mission Point Resort every Wednesday at 7:00. Mackinac Arts Council firesides will feature discussions, demonstrations, and conversations on topics such as music, art, literature, history, and more.
Mackinac Arts Council is pleased to host film presentations in the Mission Point Theater every year in winter months. Updates to the theater including a new movie screen and sound system enable island residents to enjoy films on two special movie weekends. Titles are selected by a popular vote of residents. Winter movies will take place February 26 and March 26. Head to facebook for titles and times by clicking below.
Mackinac Island Community Theater produces plays and musicals featuring local Mackinac Island talent. The community theatre produces two or three plays per year: a holiday production to coincide with the Christmas Bazaar, and a musical in the Spring.
The next production of the Mackinac Island Community Theater is The Music Man, with performances April 22 & 23, 2022.
Art in the School
This school year, students at Mackinac Island Public School (MIPS) are receiving specialized art instruction in a unique online environment with Crooked Tree Arts Center (CTAC) thanks to a special program set up by Mackinac Arts Council. MIPS art and music teacher Heather May works in tandem with CTAC to deliver high quality fundamentals of visual art to students at all grade levels. This special program has been made possible special funding from the Mackinac Island Community Foundation.
This winter Mackinac Arts Council offers online concerts with Mackinac musical artists on Facebook Live. Local musicians, regional bands, and friends of Mackinac Island from around the world present special virtual shows that can be enjoyed no matter where you are!
Mackinac Arts Council partners with the Mackinac Island Christmas Bazaar to bring artistic and creative winter activities to the community during the annual holiday celebration. Each year the Mackinac Island Community Theatre hosts an exciting Christmas pageant variety show including music, storytelling, handbells, carols, and more!