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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 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.

Past Events

March 2017 - The Art of: Becoming - The Next Generation Finds its Foothold, screening of The Bad Kids and a short film about TBAISD Career-Tech Center.

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, sponsored by Cordia Senior Living.

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.