The Greater Romeo-Washington Chamber of Commerce has a belief system in which the fabric and soul of its community is Arts & Culture and values this as a critical part of the region. There are many aspects to Arts & Culture in the north Macomb County community, including Performing and Visual Arts, Art Gallery, Open Mic Nights, Romeo Film Production, MI Community Media/WBRW.
“Relationships between business and the arts offer a real chance to achieve financial success – not only for each other, but also to generate income for the hotels, restaurants and countless other businesses that populate the neighborhoods where cultural centers operate.” - Kevin Spacey
All The World's A Stage established in 1986, is an award winning theatre arts education organization and conveniently located in the heart of Romeo. They believe that the arts are central to the educational, social, and aesthetic development of children. Their programs are aligned with the educational objectives of the Michigan Curriculum Framework and are designed with an emphasis on process, integrating the skills intrinsic to theatre that contribute to student growth. Their performances are held within Gray’s Opera House (Romeo) and Macomb Center for Performing Arts (Clinton Twp.).
The Masonic Temple is home to the 1869 Gray’s Opera House. This historical building has many unique features including auditorium seating and a spring-loaded floor to redistribute weight as crowds fill-in. The floating floor in the ballroom was designed so when people danced upstairs their noise wouldn't carry downstairs. Financial support is being sought for restoring the ballroom to its original grandure.
Romeo Community School’s art & drafting teacher, Helen Starkweather, was a committed educator for more than 40 years. When Ms. Starkweather died in 1987, at the age of eighty-four, she left her estate to the Romeo Historical Society and the Village of Romeo. Her will stipulated that her home and studio at 219 North Main Street be used as an art and cultural center. Starkweather Arts Center opened on November 13, 1999 with two beautiful exhibit galleries, a sales gallery and a second floor Art Education program. Monthly Open Mic Nights & Concerts are a new addition to Starkweather Arts Center. Helen Starkweather understood the value of art in society.
Filmmakers have found the Greater Romeo-Washington area to be a beautiful and friendly location in which to film. The Romeo Film Production Office was created to assist filmmakers in gaining access to the rich and diverse landscape of Romeo, Washington and Bruce Townships.
Current annual events include the Detroit Institute of Arts Inside/Out Exhibit, Moonflowers & Music, Arts & Orchard Festival, Avant Garde Hair Show, and Detroit Film Theatre at Stony Creek Metropark.
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