Tecumseh, Michigan - Tecumseh Center for the Arts (TCA) has received two grants from Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) for its 2019-2020 season.
The first award is a matching-funds Capital Improvement Grant in the amount of $18,750, which will be used to offset the costs associated with repairing and replacing the theater’s 39-year-old original boiler system. During the 2017-2018 season, one of the boiler units had to be turned off permanently, leaving the theater’s heating system running at 2/3 capacity and putting even more strain on the remaining units over the past 18 months. This has resulted in some loss of the theaters ability to control the temperature and humidity levels within the building. “The Capital Improvement award from Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs will allow us to move forward in replacing the aging boiler system,” commented TCA Director Kelly Jo Gilmore. “Tecumseh Center for the Arts is committed to providing a positive performing arts experience and continue serving as the home stage for various performing arts organizations. Replacing the boiler will help us achieve these goals for our patrons and partner organizations for many years to come.”
The second award is a matching-funds Project Support Grant in the amount of $12,500, which will help produce this season’s manifestation of The Nutcracker Ballet. The TCA has been producing the ballet since 2002. Originally an annual production, it moved to a biennial production in 2013. Throughout its 15-year history various scenes, costumes and set pieces have needed to be altered, upgraded or replaced. This year’s production includes more collaboration than in previous years with an expansion of our Production Team and collaboration with The Tecumseh Players, a local acting troupe. The grant award will allow Tecumseh Center for the Arts to enhance this year’s production with the addition of scenes, new and updated costumes, set pieces, and props while inviting even more organizations to collaborate. The 15th production of the TCA Nutcracker Ballet will take place December 12, 13 and 14, 2019.
Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) is the State of Michigan’s lead agency charged with developing arts and cultural policy and grant-making in the State of Michigan. Since 1966 with the creation of the Michigan Council for the Arts, the State of Michigan has recognized the value and importance of a vibrant arts and cultural sector.
Tecumseh Center for the Arts (TCA) kicks off its National Touring Season with John Latini and the Latini Flying Brothers on Saturday, November 2 at 7:30 pm.
Award-winning musician and three-time Detroit Blues Champ, John Latini personifies the best that Michigan’s rock history has to offer: an honest, no-nonsense commitment to real songs about real people. Whether he’s tearing it up at a blues fest or captivating a room with original songs, folk and blues go arm in arm in his music like the blood brothers they are.
John Latini may have grown up in Queens, New York, but he’s as truly a son of Michigan as if he’d been issued a passport. It’s not just that this singing, songwriting, guitar-slinging, uber-performing bluesman seems to be a perennial nominee for every Southeast Michigan music award, and winner of many, including the Metro Detroit Songwriting Grand Prize in 2004 and the Detroit Blues Challenge winner in both 2008 and 2009, and songwriting honors in North Carolina and Texas.
It’s more that, whether he’s fronting his band the Flying Latini Brothers, working in duos with longtime sidekicks Whit Hill or Jamie-Sue Seal, or, most often, commanding the stage alone, John Latini personifies the best that the heartland, and especially Michigan’s righteous rock history, have to offer: an honest, straight-ahead, no-nonsense commitment to real songs about real people. Latini also knows that all the best American music flowers from blues roots. In addition to being a serious crafter of clever, literate songs, Latini is the purveyor of a slick, blues-soaked, economically hard-driving guitar style— but more than anything he’s an intense, incandescent performer, with an emotional, testosterone-charged voice that the Ann Arbor Observer called “alternately celebratory, remorseful, seductive and dangerous.” A popular, well-established voice in Michigan, he’s begun to build an enthusiastic fan base throughout the Midwest and beyond to Colorado and New York.
Don’t miss John Latini at the TCA when he showcases his talent on November 2 with his band The Latini Flying Brothers. Tickets are $25 for adults and $23 for seniors, youth and military members. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 517-423-6617, at the box office located at 400 N. Maumee Street, Tecumseh, Michigan, or on-line at www.thetca.org.
Tecumseh Center for the Arts’ 39th season is sponsored by Three Dudes and Dinner. The National Touring Season is sponsored in part by Tuckey’s Big Boy and Carpet on Wheels. The John Latini Show Sponsor is Bob Fox from Howard Hanna Realty.
Tecumseh Center for the Arts (TCA) is kicking off its Homegrown Season with local musician Cat Canyon on October 5 at 7 pm.
A natural entertainer, Cat Canyon plays and sings everything from blues and rockabilly to rock and pop. His performance covers a broad range of American music by writing originals and putting his own stamp on classics which has earned him acclaim not only in Michigan, but nationwide. Cat performs hundreds of shows a year including festivals, wineries, restaurants, private parties, corporate events, senior facilities and more.
Come see Cat Canyon at the TCA on October 5, 2019. Tickets are $10 and available at the TCA Box Office located at 400 North Maumee Street. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.TheTCA.org or over the phone at 517-423-6617.
Tecumseh Center for the Arts created the Homegrown Season to emphasize the importance of sharing the theater stage with local artists throughout the year while building lasting relationships between performing artists, art organizations and the theater. By providing an affordable and attractive venue, the TCA can assist local artists while positively impacting the local economy and cultural environment.
The TCA Homegrown Season is thanks in part to local businesses including the 39th Season Sponsor 3 Dudes and Dinner and the Cat Canyon Show Sponsor The Tecumseh Herald. Our season would not be possible without the support of our local business sponsors.
Behind the scenes of Tecumseh Center for the Arts.