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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 to pitch it.

Tell Them We Are Rising ImageThe Art of: Rising – An Indie Lens Pop-Up Screening of Tell Them We Are Rising by Stanley Nelson and Marco Williams
Thursday, February 8, 2018 – 7pm
Free admission for everyone

Tell Them We Are Rising explores the pivotal role historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have played over the course of 150 years in American history, culture, and identity. This film reveals the rich history of HBCUs and the power of higher education to transform lives and advance civil rights and equality in the face of injustice. 

Tell Them We Are Rising is presented by Indy Lens Pop-up, a program of Independent Lens. Join the conversation following the film with a panel discussion facilitated by the Traverse City Area Branch of the American Association of University Women.

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The Art of: Inspiring Change – An Indie Lens Pop-Up Screening of Dolores by Peter Bratt
Thursday, March 8, 2018 – 7pm
Free admission for everyone

With intimate and unprecedented access, Peter Bratt's Dolores tells the story of Dolores Huerta, among the most important, yet least-known, activists in American history. Co-founder of the first farmworkers union with Cesar Chavez, she tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the 20th century.

Dolores is is presented by Indy Lens Pop-up, a program of Independent Lens. Join the conversation following the film with a panel discussion featuring the Northwest Michigan Food & Farming Network.

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Served Like a Girl

The Art of: Empowering Women – An Indie Lens Pop-Up Screening of Served Like a Girl
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 – 7pm – FREE

Served Like a Girl provides a candid look at a shared sisterhood to help the rising number of homeless women veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and suffer from PTSD, sexual abuse, and other traumas. By entering into the “Ms. Veteran American” competition, these amazing ladies unexpectedly come full circle in a quest for healing and hope. Following the film, join the discussion with representatives from the Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency-Supportive Services for Veterans Program.

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

More events coming soon!

Past Events for THE ART OF:_

January 2018 - The Art of: Brewing, Part 2 – Engaging Your Right Brain (Brewery)

November 2017 - The Art of: Exploring – What’s so great about the Great Lakes?

October 2017 - The Art of: Chasing Trane – The John Coltrane Documentary by John Scheinfeld


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 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.


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. To register, call (231) 995-1055.

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.