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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 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.


Sponsored in part by Morsels of Traverse City.

The Bad KidsTHURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2017 - 7PM

The Art of: BECOMING - The Next Generation Finds its Foothold

Join us for a special night featuring two documentaries about high school students navigating various paths through life. The evening will include the world premiere of a locally produced short documentary about TBAISD Career-Tech Center students and how they found their way to the Career-Tech Center. What emerges is a story about how pursuing an interest can lead to not only greater skill, but a transformation of one’s self into a more confident and fulfilled person. The film is produced by the Film & New Media and the Front Street Writers programs at the Career-Tech Center, and features Career-Tech students.

Following the premiere, we will screen the powerful documentary The Bad Kids, by Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe.

Located in an impoverished Mojave Desert community, Black Rock Continuation High School is an alternative for at-risk students with little hope of graduating from a traditional high school. It's their last chance. This coming of age story shows extraordinary educators and talented students combating the crippling effects of poverty.

Following both films, join the discussion with local educators and students as we find connections between Black Rock and our local community.

Image: Screen still from The Bad Kids

Past Events

February 2017 - The Art of: Dying –Changing the way we think and talk about the end of life, presented by Golden Intentions

December 2016 - The Art of: Traveling – A conversation with local artists about global issues

November 2016 - The Art of: Grandmothering – Tea and conversation with local grandmothers

October 2016 - The Art of: Brewing – A special presentation of Artist After Hours with Crosshatch, Blackbird Arts, and Higher Grounds

September 2016 - The Art of: Teaching - Class of '27 film screening and discussion

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.