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 Eastpointe City Councilwoman Sarah Lucido, left, watches as  her son, Jack, 8, adds a little extra glue to their African mask  at last year’s African mask making event hosted by the  Eastpointe Arts and Cultural Diversity Commission.

Eastpointe City Councilwoman Sarah Lucido, left, watches as her son, Jack, 8, adds a little extra glue to their African mask at last year’s African mask making event hosted by the Eastpointe Arts and Cultural Diversity Commission.

File photo by Brandy Baker


Arts and Cultural Diversity Commission to host event for Black History Month

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published February 3, 2020

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EASTPOINTE — The Eastpointe Arts and Cultural Diversity Commission is teaming up with the Anton Art Center in Mount Clemens on a community arts day to celebrate Black History Month.

The event will be free to attend and open to all ages. It will feature several attractions highlighting art inspired by African and African American culture.

“We’re not just the arts commission; we’re also about cultural diversity, so we are tasked with doing cool stuff to promote diversity,” explained Alysa Diebolt, the chair of the Arts and Cultural Diversity Commission. “We’re doing an event called Cultural Spotlight, and it will be a celebration of Black History Month. We called it a Cultural Spotlight so we could potentially highlight other cultures in the future. We will be doing a few activities for free for the community.”

It will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at Eastpointe City Hall, 23200 Gratiot Ave. It will include a variety of fun, hands-on activities for both kids and adults.

“We’re going to do African mask making, coloring sheets appropriate for the theme, the Anton Art Center will be doing a beading project, there will be a drum circle, and community leaders will be doing a reading of Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech,” Diebolt said.

Diebolt said the Arts and Cultural Diversity Commission did a similar program in 2019 for Black History Month and is pleased it is able to expand the offerings this year.

“We were started in July 2018. Last February, we did do an African mask project, but this year we have expanded into a full event,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity for creative expression with members of the community, and it’s all free.”

Peggy DiMercurio, the education coordinator for the Anton Art Center, said she was glad to be able to team up with the Eastpointe commission on such a fun and fulfilling program.

“We work with art groups all throughout Macomb County, and Eastpointe is one of the groups we have worked with previously,” DiMercurio said. “We helped them on Shamrock Day back in September. I am from Eastpointe, so I love to get the art center involved.”

She went on to say that the Anton Art Center will be participating in many of the activities at the event.

“I was involved with the planning for the event, and the Anton Art Center will be running a table with make-and-take art activities. That means we will have supplies on hand, and people can create a beading project, which they can take home with them,” DiMercurio said. “We will be facilitating a drum circle as well. The drum circle will allow anyone there to take part, and we will have drums and other percussion instruments on hand they can use. It’s a great way to let people jump in and experience the fun and the rhythm and the unity the drum circle creates.”

She added that this is exactly the sort of event the center enjoys becoming involved with.

“We like to bring programs to different parts of Macomb County and let them know about the Anton Art Center, and bring projects that are fun and educational for the community,” DiMercurio said. “Part of our mission is to provide art activities for people of all abilities and be inclusive. The Arts and Cultural Diversity Commission is doing some good things in the community, and we are happy to be a part of that.”

DiMercurio hopes for a good turnout for the event and thinks it is a great addition to her hometown.

“We’re very excited to be a part of this program,” she remarked. “I attended as a guest when they did their first (Black History Month) program, the African mask program, last year, so I’m excited to see how this one goes.”

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