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The Dennos Museum Center presents a variety of programs for all ages, seeking to engage, enlighten and entertain audiences. Check out the listings here to find out what's happening. Of course, the Museum is open until 8pm on Thursdays, allowing you to enjoy art, film, and lively discussion after work.

The Art Of:

The Dennos Museum Center presents a new series of programs that help connect the visual arts to broader topics in our busy lives. Learn something about art and artists while enjoying conversation and refreshments. Have an idea for a program? Contact Jason Dake at to pitch it.


The Art Of: is sponsored in part by Morsels of Traverse City.

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 7pm

The Art of: Teaching - Class of '27 film screening and discussion

Class of ’27 brings together three diverse filmmaking teams across rural America to find quality programs aimed at giving kids a shot at a better life. The film explores the life circumstances surrounding these young children — how they see the world within their constellation of family, school, and community — for stories of people coming together against the odds to help their children grow into successful graduates of the class of ’27.

Following the film screening, take part in the discussion with local teachers and school leaders to find out what can be and is being done in our own community. Refreshments will be served before the film. Free admission.

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 6pm

The Art of: Brewing – A special presentation of Artist After Hours with Crosshatch, Blackbird Arts, and Higher Grounds
Compare your taste in coffee with your taste in art, and along the way find interesting connections between these two seemingly unrelated subjects. Learn a bit of art history through the lens of technical, political, and even therapeutic reviews of famous artworks while reaching across subject areas and geographical locations to learn about who and what makes Higher Grounds coffee. And of course, you’ll be able to have your coffee (and maybe cake) and drink it too! Free but limited to 40 individuals, so please register by RSVPing to the Facebook event here. Free admission.

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - Noon

The Art of: Grandmothering – Tea and conversation with local grandmothers

Let’s gather to celebrate the lives and stories of our grandmothers. Join several local grandmothers for an hour of storytelling and sharing, along with audience Q&A. In conjunction with the exhibition, Grandmother Power, from Grand Rapids Public Museum, together we’ll discover the true power of grandmothers around the globe. Refreshments served. Free to everyone. Sponsored by Cordia at Grand Traverse Commons, a Senior Residential Club.

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 6:30pm

The Art of: Traveling – A conversation with local artists about global issues

Join local artists who have recently traveled to discuss what it means to be a global citizen. Learn what impact travel can have on an artist’s work in the studio, and what impact an artist can have on a community. Who knows, you might be inspired to take your first or next trip abroad. Refreshments served. Free for everyone.

Appraisal Day

Do you have a family heirloom, work of art, or historical artifact that you want more information about? Local art and antique appraiser Don Butkovich will be at the Dennos Museum Center to verbally appraise your hidden treasures. Each person can bring one item per session at a fee of $10. Sessions are up to 15 minutes each. Each additional item requires registration for a separate session at an extra $10 fee. All proceeds support the Museum's education programming fund. Subscribe to our email newsletter for notification of upcoming Appraisal Days. Reservations are required. Register online or call (231) 995-1573.


The Dennos Museum Center presents several films during the year. Programs feature FREE screenings of Independent Lens films and other sources. These films are generally shown captioned and a sign language interpreter is available by calling (231) 995-1029.

See schedule here.

International Affairs Forum

International Affairs Forum's seven-lecture season brings top foreign policy experts to Traverse City to speak on pressing global issues. Join us by becoming a member or by purchasing tickets at the door. Held on most third Thursdays of the month, October-June. For a full schedule, click here.

The Big Draw

The Big Draw happens in October all over the world! The series of events celebrates drawing in all its forms - from scribbles to sketches to finished masterpieces. Check out the local schedule for The Big Draw - Grand Traverse here.

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