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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.

The Art Of: _

The Art Of: _ is a series of programs that help connect the visual arts to broader topics in our busy lives, from coffee to education, technology, and even death and dying. Programs have included films, panel discussions, hands-on art, and food and drink tastings. Have an idea for a program? Contact Jason Dake at jdake@nmc.edu to pitch it.

 

 

Programming for Visions of American Life is supported by Art Bridges, who focuses on sharing outstanding works of American art with those that have limited access to our country’s most meaningful works.

Image: John George Brown, Liberated Woman (1895). Manoogian Collection.

Liberated Woman

Saturday, October 27, 2018 – 6:30-8:00pm
The Art of: Perspective
FREE
Join author and activist Larry Plamondon for an in-depth look at the stories between the paintings in the exhibition, Visions of American Life: Paintings from the Manoogian Collection, 1850-1940, organized and toured by the Detroit Institute of Arts. Plamondon will offer a historical perspective of the time period as it relates to the Native American experience, pulling from his own involvement in various movements during the 20th century. Supported by a grant from Art Bridges. Sponsored by Northwestern Michigan College’s Native American Student Organization (NASO).

Thursday, November 8, 2018 – 6:00-8:00pm
The Art of: The Other Traverse City
FREE
Local photographer Alan Newton has exhibited two series of photographic work including the area’s population experiencing homelessness and veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. His latest project will focus his lens on the opioid crisis affecting the Traverse City region and beyond. The exhibition will include approximately 11 portraits of people who are addicts in recovery, emergency responders, judges, families who have lost children, and others connected to the opioid crisis, along with their written stories based on interviews conducted by Newton.

The opening reception welcomes everyone involved in the project along with the public to view and discuss the photographs, stories, and overarching issues facing our community. In addition, service organizations will be present to offer resources and action steps that can positively affect the problems inherent in opioid abuse. Supported by a grant from Art Bridges. Sponsored by Morsels of Traverse City. The exhibition runs November 8 – December 30, 2018, and is included with general admission.

Thursday, December 6, 2018 – 6:30-8:00pm
The Art of: Storytelling
FREE

This event in partnership with Here:Say Storytelling offers participants the opportunity to explore storytelling in all its forms – oral, written, and visual – through discussion, interactive demonstrations, and hands-on projects. The program is free of charge, funded by a grant from Art Bridges as part of the exhibition, Visions of American Life: Paintings from the Manoogian Collection, 1850-1940, organized and toured by the Detroit Institute of Arts. Supported by a grant from Art Bridges. Sponsored by Morsels of Traverse City.

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

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Special Programs

Sunday, November 4, 2018 – 1pm
Traverse Area Historical Society Meeting
FREE
Please join the TAHS for their November monthly program held in conjunction with Visions of American Life: Paintings from the Manoogian Collection, 1850 – 1940, organized and toured by the Detroit Institute of Arts. TAHS Board Member, Fred Anderson, will present a program about the history of City Opera House (COH) in Traverse City. Of the approximately 128 local opera houses built in Michigan from the late-1800s through the early-1900s, only 13 still stand today, and 6 have been restored and used as entertainment venues. COH is the largest of those handful of restored facilities. Mr. Anderson minored in American history as an undergrad, and worked as an attorney for 28 years. His work focused on the legislative and regulatory process where history was integral. He was twice honored to serve as a visiting assistant professor at Michigan State University, teaching communications policy. This program is free of charge thanks to a grant from Art Bridges.

Sunday, January 20, 2019 – 1pm
Traverse Area Historical Society Meeting
FREE
Local historian and TAHS board member, Peg Siciliano, will present a program about the transformation of West Bay and Boardman Lake from industrial to recreational uses, and of Traverse City’s change from a lumbering and industrial hub to an outdoor mecca for tourists and retirees. Please join the TAHS for their January monthly program held in conjunction with Visions of American Life: Paintings from the Manoogian Collection, 1850 – 1940, organized and toured by the Detroit Institute of Arts. This program is free of charge thanks to a grant from Art Bridges.

FILMS

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.

DRAW NOMI

DRAW NoMI is a collaborative arts event focused on bringing people together to make art.  Join us for events in October and throughout the year! Just look for the logo! DRAW NoMI is supported by the Linda O'Meara Fund for Arts Education. 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. See schedule here.