Here in Downtown Tecumseh, we love to celebrate the arts! With so many creative minds, the downtown area is always brimming with something new to discover. From incredible sculptures in the Art Trail to local showcases and annual art events, you're invited to experience the unique creations from your friends and neighbors!
Mary Jo Mensing Sculpture Garden
The Mary Jo Mensing Sculpture Garden was unveiled June 23, 2021. Mary Jo Mensing’s legacy gift to Tecumseh Center for the Arts allowed the theater to move forward with Phase 2 of the Art | Music | Sculpture Park located on the theater property. The Mary Jo Mensing Sculpture Garden currently features landscaping, flower beds, and eight community created sculptures, with space to add more sculptures in the future. An official ribbon cutting took place June 23, 2021.
Annual Art Walk
Come enjoy an evening in Tecumseh strolling the downtown during our Annual Art Walk. There are 28 artists that will be displaying their artwork in the local businesses. Acrylic & oil painting, pottery, jewelry and bead making, cloth art, drawing and wood carving are just a few of the mediums that will be available for your enjoyment. Some of the artists will be demonstrating their craft as well as selling their artwork. There will also be some interactive art projects the kids can try while visiting our downtown.
Tecumseh Historical Mural
Tecumseh Historial Mural Project was painted by the 2016 Tecumseh High School Art Class students under the direction of art teachers - Christine Obeid and Ron Frenzen. Historical building and local community members are highlighted in the mural. This project was funded by the Tecumseh Downtown Development Authority and the Sage Foundation.
In addition to the historical mural project, keep an eye out for the upcoming mural planned to be finished summer 2022!
Street Art Trail
The first phase of the TCA Art-Music-Sculpture Park was the creation of the TCA Street Art Trail in 2020. The project involved installing street art murals on the side of the costume shed, painted by members of our community with the official ribbon cutting taking place on October 4, 2020! Since 2020 it has expanded from the barn, to a mural fence along the side south of the property, in addition to murals at the Market on Evans. A total of 66 murals have been displayed since the fall of 2020.
The American Quilt Trail can be found in over 40 states throughout the nation. Lenawee’s Barn Quilt Trail takes you to all corners of the county, with over 30 quilts to be found! Each barn quilt is a unique, beautiful sight to behold – plan a day trip to visit them all!
Market On Evans
Sponsored by the William K. Breown family and painted by members of the Tecumseh community, this barn quilt is housed right at the Market on Evans. Plan your visit between May and October on a Saturday morning to see the quilt and then enjoy local goods and crafts at the Farmer's Market!
Artistry On Evans
Artistry on Evans is Tecumseh's #1 retreat house, providing creative minds with a welcoming and free atmosphere to brainstorm and create. A beautiful barn quilt greets guests, inviting them to start their creative journeys here. Come see for yourself!
Mike Thomsen started painting barn quilts as a way to honor his mother, who was a quilter, but says that his projects have grown to honor and celebrate all those who quilt. Mike has painted several barn quilts which can be found by heading up Chicago Boulevard on your way eastward. Make sure to keep your eyes open next time you're passing by.