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History

The Livonia Arts Commission was established in April 1974, and held its first meeting in the office of Mayor Edward McNamara.  The first year was devoted largely to identifying cultural resources in the city, establishing working relationships with those resources, and educating the new commissioners in the techniques required to build a fine arts program for a blossoming city.

In 1975 the Commission began presenting a variety of artistic and cultural programs throughout the city. The Michigan Opera Theater and the Oakway Symphony participated in workshops and performances during the city’s first ever “Opera Month.”  The first Livonia Art Exhibit made its debut (now called Art From the Heart), and the “Music Under the Stars” program, still going strong in the new millennium, made its premier (now called Music From The Heart).  Since that auspicious beginning, the Commission has fostered a rich and diverse series of cultural events, activities, and projects. Through it all, however, the mission has remained the same – to create, promote, develop, sponsor, sustain, and further the development of the Arts in Livonia. Subsequent Commissions have continued to take that mission seriously and to build upon that heritage in a variety of ways.  Today, the Commission fosters programs such as Music From The Heart each summer, the Annual Exhibition of Fine Arts each fall, and the granting of scholarships to high school and college students engaged in the Arts. 

Mission Statement

The Livonia Arts Commission exists to create, promote, develop, sponsor, sustain, facilitate, and further the Arts within the city of Livonia.  For the mission of the Commission and its commissioners, the term “Arts” shall be defined and literally construed to include the making or doing of things that have form and beauty, and to encompass all forms of Arts including the Arts of music, painting, sculpture, literature, dance, theater, opera, ballet, crafts of all natures, and any other of the performing Arts requiring and exhibiting a level of creativity, skill or talent.

Meetings

The Livonia Arts Commission meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. in the Conference Room on the 4th floor of City Hall.  The public is welcome.

Dennis K. Wright
Mayor, City of Livonia 

Commissioners 

Brian Duggan, Chairperson (2011) James Sercu (2018)
Virginia Bosak (2015) Lindsay A. Spence (2016)
Donna Eno (2000)
Carrie Spurling, Secretary (1998)
Grace Karczewski (2005)   Dan Spurling, Vice Chairperson (2003)
Patrice Mang (2018)   Jerry Valentine (2012)
Helen Moore (2016)   Pam Valentine (2012)
Robert G. Donovic (2018)        
  
Chris Swish, City Liaison


 *Date in parenthesis denotes appointment date.


Pam Valentine (2012)

Arts Commission Commissioners

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Music From The Heart Schedule - 2019
 

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News & Events

Music from the Heart featuring Rock & Roll Never Forgets - Bob Seger Tribute

On the steps of Livonia City Hall

Join us for Music From the Heart on Thursday, July 25 from 7 - 9 p.m. featuring Rock & Roll Never Forgets - The Bob Seger Tribute powered by SRO (Standing Room Only).  This four-piece rock and roll band provides a high energy and energetic show that always bring the audience to their feet and leaves them asking for more. Don't miss the music of Bob Seger. 

Music From the Heart, our Summer Concert Series, runs Thursdays through July and August on the campus of Livonia City Hall, 33000 Civic Center Drive. Put your dancing shoes on, bring a chair/blanket and enjoy the music!!

Music From the Heart featuring Devin Scillian & Arizona Son Band

On the steps of Livonia City Hall

Join us for Music From the Heart on Thursday, Aug. 1  from 7 - 9 p.m. with the Devin Scillian & Arizona Son Band.  Television viewers in Michigan and Ontario know him as their evening news anchor on WDIV-TV, NBC in Detroit. And music lovers know him as the winner of the prestigious Detroit Music Award for Best Country Performer. An accomplished musician and songwriter, Devin has released four albums of his original songs.  He and his band Arizona Son make frequent appearances on the summer concert circuit.  He’s opened for Toby Keith, Reba McEntire, and LeAnn Rimes.

Music From the Heart, our Summer Concert Series, runs Thursdays through July and August on the campus of Livonia City Hall, 33000 Civic Center Drive. Put your dancing shoes on, bring a chair/blanket and enjoy the music!!

Music From the Heart featuring Sinjon Smith

On the Steps of Livonia City Hall

Join us for Music From the Heart on Thursday, Aug. 8 from 7 - 9 p.m. with Sinjon Smith!  They offer a great variety of music featuring both male and female vocals guaranteed to leave a smile on the face of any audience.  They are known for their ability to sound like the original artist and delivery song accuracy, along with a wide variety of music selections.  Their power-packed set includes a variety of rock and country music and is designed to please the crowd and keep you dancing all night.

Music From the Heart, our Summer Concert Series, runs Thursdays through July and August on the campus of Livonia City Hall, 33000 Civic Center Drive. Put your dancing shoes on, bring a chair/blanket and enjoy the music!!

Music from the Heart featuring Cruizin Jupiter

On the steps of Livonia City Hall

Join us for Music From the Heart on Thursday, Aug. 15 from 7 - 9 p.m.  Cruizin’ Jupiter is a high energy cover band playing the greatest hits from the last five decades, including rock, classic rock, new country, funk, top 40s, disco, pop, hip hop, old school rap, and dance. Consisting of all seasoned musicians with roots in many genres of popular music, Cruizin’ Jupiter focuses on fun, danceable music and gives the audience no choice but to become completely engaged in the performance.

Kids Art from the Heart

On the Civic Center campus south of Livonia City Hall

Bring the family to Kids Art from the Heart "Free Fun" on Saturday, Aug. 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the campus of Livonia City Hall, 33000 Civic Center Drive. The City of Livonia's Arts Commission is hosting a free day for children, ages 2 - 12, to show off their artistic talents and have FUN!!!  Activities include: make your own t-shirts, Arts & Scraps, help make a mural and more.  Don't miss ice cream, games, pizza, crafts, entertainment and inflatables!

Thank you to the Livonia Community Foundation for the grant that makes this event possible!


For more information, call (734) 466-2200

Music From The Heart featuring Mainstreet Soul

On the steps of Livonia City Hall

Join us for Music From the Heart on Thursday, Aug. 22 from 7 - 9 p.m. with Mainstreet Soul! Mainstreet Soul's sound is unique, and the band members’ personalities shine through in every performance of songs made famous by such artists as Tower of Power, Stevie Wonder, Etta James, Chicago, Alicia Keys, Prince, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars and much more. 

Music From the Heart, our Summer Concert Series, runs Thursdays through July and August on the campus of Livonia City Hall, 33000 Civic Center Drive. Put your dancing shoes on, bring a chair/blanket and enjoy the music!!



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