Music and dance SatARTday program coming to Eastpointe

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published July 29, 2021

 Denise Davis and the Motor City Sensations will be performing at the Anton Art Center and Eastpointe Arts and Cultural Diversity Commission’s SatARTday program at Kennedy Park on Saturday, Aug. 14.

Denise Davis and the Motor City Sensations will be performing at the Anton Art Center and Eastpointe Arts and Cultural Diversity Commission’s SatARTday program at Kennedy Park on Saturday, Aug. 14.

Photo provided by Phil Gilchrist


EASTPOINTE — The Anton Arts Center is teaming up with Eastpointe’s Arts and Cultural Diversity Commission to bring the center’s Sat- ARTday programming outdoors with its SatARTday: Music and Dance! event Aug. 14.

Each month, the Anton Art Center hosts a program to encourage art and creativity in the community. Phil Gilchrist, the executive director of the Anton Art Center, said that they do this to provide people with access to different forms of art and entertainment they might not otherwise be able to explore.

“The SatARTday program is in its third year with us. It is presented by First State Bank, and every month, we provide an opportunity for people to get creative,” he said. “We want to make sure people can try different art forms and be hands-on whenever possible. In August, we are centering it around music and dance. People can listen to some good music and learn to do some hustle dances.”

The Arts and Cultural Diversity Commission chair, Alysa Diebolt, said that partnering with the Anton Art Center was a great way to bring more programming to Eastpointe.

“The Anton Art Center does their free monthly program, and I am on the planning committee for that,” Diebolt said. “With COVID, we have been trying to do more things outdoors. The Arts and Cultural Diversity Commission and the Anton Art Center doing it together was a natural partnership and is beneficial to both groups.”

The program will take place at Kennedy Park in Eastpointe. It will feature music, dance lessons and crafts.

“The event is 6-8 p.m. in the pavilion at the park. An eight-piece band called ‘Denise Davis and the Motor City Sensations’ will be doing Motown music,” Diebolt said. “The Old and Young Alumni of the Mount Clemens High School will be doing hustle dance lessons. The Anton Art Center will be bringing some small arts and crafts projects for kids, and the Arts and Cultural Diversity Commission will be doing something similar. It’s definitely good for all ages; you can enjoy some crafts and enjoy the music and dance.”

Kennedy Park is located at 24517 Schroeder Ave. in Eastpointe.

“Anyone interested can go to or look on our Facebook page for more information,” said Gilchrist. “They also can call the art center at (586) 469-8666.”

This is the first time a program of this kind has been hosted in Eastpointe, and one of the first times the Anton Art Center has ventured out into the community since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

“This is the first time we’ve done something like this,” said Diebolt. “No registration is needed, and there is no cost. First State Bank is providing the funding for these Saturday art programs throughout the year.”

Diebolt said she is excited for the new program and thinks it will be a big hit among Eastpointe-area residents.

“This event will be really fun for folks of all ages,” she said. “A family can come or you can drop by with some friends or neighbors. If you’re feeling brave, you can dance, but whatever you want to do, it’s a great way to experience one of the community’s parks and have an enjoyable evening.”

The event organizers are inviting anyone who enjoys music and dance — or anyone who just wants to get out of the house — to come down and join in a fun afternoon.

“Art is for everyone. We really hope people will come out and join us for this great free program,” Gilchrist remarked. “It’s free, and this is going to be a great opportunity to hear some great local music in Eastpointe. We are looking forward to bringing this to Eastpointe so some people who might not have opportunities to get this kind of music or art can do so.”