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As the cultural hub of the Great Lakes Bay Region, our mission is to find meaning and connection. In these challenging times, we must continue to find meaning and connection with one another, which is why we are introducing a virtual gathering place for our community.

Weekly Schedule of Activities

MON, MAR 30 / 2 PM

Participate on: Facebook LIVE& sharing with the hashtag #MakeArtVirtual

You Ain't Never Had a Friend Like Me
'Mr. Aladdin Sir, what will your pleasure be?' We have rubbed the magical oil lamp and will be welcoming The Genie, straight off the national tour of Disney Aladdin's. Join on Facebook LIVE with Bay City Native, Korie Blossey, to ask him questions on being a professional artist, his experiences playing one of Disney's most iconic characters, and his journey from performing on the stages at Midland Center as a kid, to theater's all around the country today.

TUE, MAR 31 / 2 PM

Participate on: Facebook LIVE& sharing with the hashtag #MakeArtVirtual

In the Studio with Armin Mersmann

Come with us into the studio of teaching artist, Armin Mersmann, as he gives tips and lessons he has learned through his 45+ years. We will be on Facebook LIVE as Armin begins a new piece in his series, Crosscut, using long form drawing. Armin is best known for his graphite drawings and photography.

WED, APR 1 / 2 PM

Participate on: Facebook, Twitter & Youtube & sharing with the hashtag #MakeArtVirtual

HERstory Through Music
Storytelling is a powerful tool, and we often think of a story as an oral performance or conversation, but what happens when you allow music to tell the story? Join Susan Mercy, Violinist with the Midland Symphony Orchestra, and accompanist Jim Hohmeyer, as Susan performs a variety of works. Connecting to the HERstory exhibit in the Museum, the performance will include a piece by composer, Pauline Viardot, an arrangement of "To a Wild Rose" that has been performed widely in concert by American virtuoso violinist, Maud Powell.

THU, APR 2 / 2 PM

Participate on: Facebook, Twitter & Youtube & sharing with the hashtag #MakeArtVirtual

Geometric Abstract Painting

Explore primary colors and geometric shapes as you learn about the work of abstract artist, Piet Mondrian.  Mondrian was a Dutch painter who became an important leader in the development of modern abstract art and a leader in the De Stil movement. Mondrian’s later work features simple straight lines, primary colors, and right angles.  We will use tape, paint and brushes to create our own Mondrian-inspired masterpieces.

 

Take a picture of your creation and share it virtually using the hashtag #MakeArtVirtual.

FRI, APR 3 / 2 PM

Participate on: Facebook LIVE, & sharing with the hashtag #MakeArtVirtual

For the Poets Who Gather Here
Spoken Word is a poetic performance art that is word-based, and every great poet is fueled by personal stories and life experiences. Join us on Facebook LIVE as spoken word poet, Grace Carras, performs several pieces of her work, talks about the art-form, and answers your questions in real-time. Grace likes to write about love, her favorite people and stories, and the parts of herself that she sometimes struggles to understand. Share your poem, hiaku or spoken word performance using the hashtag #MakeArtVirtual.

King Lear

APR 3 / 9 PM

Last week, actors from around the state participated in a livestreamed production of As You Like It that has been enjoyed by thousands of people who are stuck at home. The actors dug deep into their hearts and closets and created a fun evening for everyone to connect and enjoy some beautiful language. This week, we will continue this project with one of greatest tragedies in the canon: King Lear. The approach will be the same, to offer our community the chance to come together with a drink in their hand, to enjoy a lightly rehearsed, livestreamed performance straight to their home!

The Sonnets

APR 10 / 9 PM

During the plague epidemic of the 1590’s, when the theatres were closed, Shakespeare turned to writing poetry instead of plays. What better way, then, to reignite our own creativity than with a deep examination of some of the lovely work Shakespeare produced when he was working from home? Actors and performers from across the state will each perform one or two of their favorites among Shakespeare’s sonnets.

Internet Access Assistance

If you do not have internet in your home, Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.