Oliver Art Center is excited to announce it has established a permanent community creative space for young artists and their families to explore art in its various forms. OAC already hosts a lending library space on the top floor of the renovated Coast Guard Station. The addition of the new creative space will allow visitors to peruse books on art, artists, and museums in addition to allowing exploration of artistic mediums through perpetual, self-guided art projects. The community space will be open all year during regular business hours and features comfortable seating for both adults and kids, books, puzzles, games geared to all ages, curated, self-guided art projects, and display space for budding young artists.
“This space will assist in helping an underserved part of the local population: parents with young, preschool age kids, as well as older kids. The need for this space was born out of two free, art drop in days that OAC hosted earlier this year. The first day hosted just over 20 kids and adults. The second day, about a month later hosted over 45. The parents of the younger children asked OAC to keep programs like the drop-in days going in the fall and winter when there are less opportunities to occupy younger children. We are very excited about this opportunity,” says Mercedes Michalowski, Executive Director.
Oliver Art Center received a grant from the Grand Traverse Community Foundation Charlie and Linda Kehr Fund that is providing the funds to purchase furniture and other major initial needs for the room. Cash donations as well as material donations will be welcome as the space and program continues.