Thursday, June 11, 2009

Ann Arbor Art Center Celebrates 100 Years at Friday’s Centennial Celebration


The Ann Arbor Art Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to making art accessible to everyone, is holding an open house Friday to celebrate their 100 year anniversary. This centennial celebration will be held Friday, June 12, from 6:30-10 p.m., and will kick off the Art Center’s 100th year celebration.

Explore the Art Center’s newly remodeled building as you enjoy games, contests, creating art, wheel-throwing clay demonstrations, refreshments and dancing to live music by the Harris Basement Jazz Collective band. The celebration will include the unveiling of the Art Center’s commemorative bike hoops located throughout downtown Ann Arbor.

The Art Center’s mission is to be a dynamic organization engaging the community in education, exhibition and exploration of the visual arts, and their vision is to be energized by the diversity of participants, the quality and depth of programs and an informal atmosphere that welcomes everyone.

The center offers art creation and appreciation courses, for both beginners and serious students, in art mediums like clay, paint, pencil, pastel, metal, fiber, paper and canvas. They also feature monthly public exhibits, and a gallery shop promoting regional artists. Classes are open to all ages, and last year over 200 children enjoyed free art classes for a year, courtesy of the Art Center’s Art for Kids Scholarship campaign.

Enjoy browsing through the Ann Arbor Art Gallery on Friday evening. You might find a gorgeous piece of artwork for your Ann Arbor home, who knows, it might even be something you create yourself!

The art center has posted the following disclaimer on their website:
The Ann Arbor Art Center is not responsible if one minute of browsing turns into one hour of salivating over all the choices, which in turn, prevents an individual from completing their daily tasks and inspires said individual to quit their job and take art classes all day. It could happen. Consider yourself warned.

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