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The Cheboygan Area Arts Council has progressive dance classes that run concurrent with the school year.  Students must be 5 years of age and attending Kindergarten. We start our students with Creative Movement, a forty-five minute class and move them into a combination of Ballet/Tap for their second year of dance.  From there they may proceed into separate Ballet and Tap classes.  Jazz and Lyrical classes may be added if our Instructors feel the student is ready.  Students must have at least 3 to 4 years of Ballet before the Instructor makes the determination of moving the student into Pointe.  At the end of the dance year the students will perform in our Dance Recital held on the third weekend of May.  After the recital registration forms are forwarded to each student who participated that dance year.  Once the previous student registration forms have been submitted the Instructors will schedule class days and times for the new Dance year.  Each class is limited to 10 students.  In the month of August registrations are accepted for new students.  If the student has had previous dance experience the instructors may request an audition for proper placement within the dance schedule. 
There are three sessions covering the school year with each session containing 9 or 10 weeks. Dance classes are $8.00 per hour with an $80.00 deposit required at the time of registration. Costumes for the Recital are $50.00 per class, due and owing by the end of October.  Registration forms together with the School of Dance handbook make be picked up at the Cheboygan Area Arts Council business office.   

Each year, the Arts Council offers a variety of children's programs which include theatre, music, dance, and puppetry. Two to three performances are presented, most often at 9:30 or 10:00am, 11:30pm and 1:00pm. Performances are for schools and the general public.  Prices are kept at an affordable level (Adults - $5.00, Children 12 and Under - $3.00) in order to make these programs accessible to all children throughout the Northern Michigan area. 2 Complimentary tickets will be given for each block of 25 student reservations purchased. Reservations must be paid two weeks in advance of the performance.  Schools will be responsible for any reservations not cancelled three days prior to the performance.  This is to enable us to fill empty seats with other schools which may be on a waiting list. We thank you for this consideration.

The month of March is the "Month of the Youth"  with the Cheboygan Area Arts Council hosting our Youth Arts Festival.  Each year the Cheboygan Area High School together with Middle School and High School Bands and Choirs from our surrounding neighbors are invited to showcase their Bands and Choirs, free of charge, on the stage of the Opera House.  Please check our Calendar of Events for specific dates and times.



One of the Arts Council's longest running programs has been our Access to Arts program. It began back in the mid 1980's, following the re-opening of The Opera House, when the Arts-In-Education Committee committed to making the arts accessible to elementary age children, thus the name "Access to Arts". Today, we offer a number of programs that make the arts accessible to K through 12th grades. But none are so favored as Access to Arts, partially because it has a twenty-year history and partly because Citizens National Bank has underwritten this event, with support from the Michigan Humanities Council and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, making it free to every school child within the Northern Michigan area. Over a two-day period, four performances will be presented serving over 2,300 students.  
These programs are free to children within the Northern Michigan area. Teachers are encouraged to contact the Arts Council at 231-627-5432 to schedule their classes early.


From Wednesday, April 5th through Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 the Cheboygan Area Arts Council and Reusch Jewelers will sponsor its Thirteenth Annual Cheboygan Youth Art Show.  Over 360 entries will be exhibited at the Cheboygan Public Library's galleries. Entries are selected from all grades, K through High School, and from five local schools including Bishop Baraga and Cornerstone Christian. Each student will receive a certificate for their participation.  Best of Show from each grade level will be juried by a panel of judges including local artists, representatives of the Arts Council and community members-at-large. Those winning Blue Ribbons will receive a gift package of assorted art supplies from Reusch Jewelers.  Red Ribbons will be awarded to the runner up from each grade. The "People's Choice" will be selected by ballot vote by the over 600 people who attend this exhibit. 


Applications are now available for advanced studies in arts-related fields through the Robert L. Moloney Scholarship Fund. Students enrolled in Cheboygan County Schools, including the Mackinaw City and Onaway Schools, or participating in the CAAC Dance Program, and entering grades 7 through 11 in the fall of 2017 are eligible. Partial scholarships will be awarded to students who wish to pursue programs in the areas of dance, music, drama, voice and the visual arts. The deadline for these applications is 5:00pm on Friday, March 3, 2017. 

Interested students may obtain packets from their music, instrumental, dance and art teachers after the first of the year. Applications must be completed and signed by the student and parent or guardian and must be accompanied by three (3) completed recommendation forms and a 300 word essay. Recommendation forms are included in the packet and are to be completed by the arts activity teacher and two other adults not related to the student.

Further information may be obtained by calling the Arts Council office at 231-627-5432. The amounts awarded will be based on the amount of funds available and the number of applications received.

Scholarship awards are determined by the Arts Council's Arts-In-Education Committee. Recipients will be announced no later than April 14, 2017.
Awards are determined by the amount of funds available within the Moloney Scholarship Fund, the number of applications received, total tuition costs, the duration of each particular camp period, and the quality of application materials.

The Cheboygan Area Arts Council is most grateful for the generosity of the late Robert L. Moloney for making this program possible. 


Scholarship Applications are available on our Downloads page.  


The Cheboygan Area Arts Council is dedicated to the growth and promotion of the arts in our northern Michigan community. In accordance with our Mission, the Arts Council is pleased to provide a Scholarship opportunity for graduating high school students planning advanced studies in an arts-related field. Beginning 2006, two $500 scholarships were awarded to students pursuing higher education in the arts at an accredited college in the school year following graduation. Last year's scholarship was awarded to Caitlin McNeil, entering the University of Michigan with a major in Art. Field of study must be in the performing, visual or Applied Arts. Applicants must be graduating seniors from Cheboygan, Inland Lakes, Mackinaw City, Northern Michigan Christian Academy, Onaway, and Wolverine High Schools, as well as the Cheboygan Area Arts Council Dance Program and Home Schooled students residing in Cheboygan County. The scholarships will be announced at graduation and will be awarded following the student's first completed semester of higher education. Recipients must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher during the first college semester.

The criteria for selection for this award includes:

    1.  Graduation from High School
    2.  Acceptance by an accredited institution of higher learning
    3.  Interest in the appropriate arts-related majors
    4.  Sound educational goals

The initial funding for the Cheboygan Area Arts Council's College Scholarship Fund came from "Homecoming for the Arts", a musical extravaganza held at The Opera House in July of 2005. All the performers and artists were graduates of Cheboygan County high schools and had utilized their experiences with the arts to enhance their quality of life as they went on to pursue their adult careers. Some went into professions in the arts, but all of them, appreciating their early exposure to a cultural life, continued to use their artistic skills in their adult life. 



March 3, 2017

To print a scholarship application please move to our Downloads option.

Donations for these scholarship programs can be made to the Cheboygan Area Arts Council, P.O. Box 95, Cheboygan, MI 49721.