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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.



 Burial Ground by Bill AllenThe Art of: Bill Allen
Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 6:30pm
$5/person; Free for Dennos members, NMC students & faculty

Join artist Bill Allen as he discusses his body of work, including several sculptures in the Dennos Museum Center's permanent collection. Allen will present an interactive slideshow of his work along with a walkthrough of the recently renovated galleries where his sculptures are exhibited. Refreshments provided.

NOTE: Admission to this event does not include Monster Fish: In Search of the Last River Giants.

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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:_

May 2018 - The Art of: Empowering Women – An Indie Lens Pop-Up Screening of Served Like a Girl

April 2018 - The Art of: Slowing Down – A special event for Slow Art Day

March 2018 - The Art of: Inspiring Change – An Indie Lens Pop-Up Screening of Dolores 

February 2018 - The Art of: Rising – An Indie Lens Pop-Up Screening of Tell Them We Are Rising

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.