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Upcoming events

From exclusive fundraisers to drop-in community/public events in Ann Arbor, the Ann Arbor Art Center has something for everyone throughout the year.

Oct 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
WISH LIST - Artist and Curator Talk
Free event - Join us at the 117 Gallery for this Artist Talk with Wish List curators: Gallery Project, as well as artists from the show.
Oct 14 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
POP•X - Collector's Preview
Join us for a special evening before the inaugural POP·X art experience opens to the public. The Collector's Preview will provide a first look at the exhibition's imaginative installations and a specially created dinner linking the culinary and visual arts. With dinners at Aventura (216 E Washington St, Ann Arbor) and Isalita (341 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor) Tickets: $100 Continue Reading
POP•X - Opening Day: Drop -In Workshop: Painting, Papillons, and Pavilions
Sponsored by Mani Osteria and Isalita Butterflies—symbols of transformation and vibrancy—help officially open the POP·X exhibition. During this drop-in public art activity (running throughout the day), community members use paint-by-number guidance to create designs on small plywood butterfly cut outs. Once complete, these colorful butterflies begin popping up in the Ann Arbor area, furthering the mission of POP·X by expanding Continue Reading
POP•X - Pop-Up Theatre with Neighborhood Theatre Group
Fee: Free The Ypsilanti-based Neighborhood Theatre Groups performs a pop-up theater piece about the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Eastern Michigan University, exploring what “home" and being the "home team" means. Audience members are able to drop in and out of the experience composed of vignettes performed in Liberty Plaza Park. In partnership with Neighborhood Theatre Group Founding Continue Reading
POP•X - Pop-Up Picnics with special spoken word performance by Girls Group
FEE - PAY WHAT YOU CAN ($5 minimum) Reservations required -- On a Sunday afternoon of supper and fellowship, these six-person picnics in Liberty Plaza Park bring together community members unknown to one another. Each picnic—featuring a mystery local 'celebrity' guest and food by Babo—is hosted at a different POP·X pavilion. Surrounded by art, guests conversations during this convergence are Continue Reading
POP•X - Art for Innovators: Workspace Design
Fee: Free Multipurpose Room, Ann Arbor District Library Downtown featuring Sava Lelcaj Farah: CEO, Savco Hospitality; Shane Pliska: CEO, Planterra; Dug Song: CEO, Duo Security; with moderator Yen Azzaro: Owner, Chin-Azzaro What is the value of a hip, beautiful, or meticulously designed work place? The panelists of this session dialogue with each other and the audience about the process and Continue Reading
POP•X - Art for Innovators: Design Thinking: An Approach to Problem-Solving and Innovation
Fee: Free Featuring Katie Robertson and Diane Tamblyn, Wholemindesign with an introduction by Damian Farrell, Damian Farrell Design Group The artist's process of creating work contains an abundance of transferable practices that offer any entrepreneur or manager step-by-step methods for unlocking one's imagination to get to innovation. Katie Robertson and Diane Tamblyn of Wholemindesign lead participants in a workshop that Continue Reading
POP•X - Back to the Future Day
Fee: Free Activities this day reflect on the vision of the future presented in the movie Back to the Future II, when Marty McFly time travels 30 years and takes a DeLorean to October 21, 2015. In partnership with the Ann Arbor Film Festival and Ghostly International
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Curated by Ghostly International Founding POP·X Sponsors are the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, Larry and Lucie Nisson, Old National Bank, and Gretchen Gardner and Josh Pokempner. The POP·X Program Series is sponsored by the Ann Arbor Convention and Visitors Bureau, SavCo Hospitality, and Karen Crawford and Bill Welch.
Oct 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
POP•X - Artist Talks: Nerd Nite
Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in over 80 cities across the globe at which several people give 18-21-minute fun-yet-informative presentations—while the audience drinks along. This edition of Ann Arbor's Nerd Nite, running for almost three years, features POP·X artists sharing their 'nerdiness' about their work and process. In partnership with Nerd Nite and the Ann Arbor District Library Continue Reading
Oct 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
POP•X - Short Film Screening
Protoparticulas by Chema Garcia Ibarra Curated by the Ann Arbor Film Festival Film: 7 minutes long; Constantly looping between 7:00 - 9:00pm Founding POP·X Sponsors are the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, Larry and Lucie Nisson, Old National Bank, and Gretchen Gardner and Josh Pokempner. The POP·X Program Series is sponsored by the Ann Arbor Convention and Visitors Bureau, SavCo Continue Reading
POP•X - Art for Innovators: The Creative Industries and Cultural Economic Development
Fee: Free Featuring Jennifer Goulet: CEO, Creative Many; Neel Hajra: CEO, Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation; Joe Malcoun: CEO, Nutshell; with moderator Marie Klopf: CEO, Ann Arbor Art Center The arts have a unique ability to stimulate development in a community and nurture innovation in a business. Panelists of this session discuss their experiences and success metrics in ways that Continue Reading
POP•X - Regional Meet-Up: Emerging Arts Leaders
Featuring Cornell Batie: Executive Vice President and COO, Detroit Jazz Fest; Sue Bila: Executive Director, Michigan Festivals and Events Association; Omari Rush: POP·X Director; with moderator John Bracey: Executive Director, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs This session convenes regional early-career and emerging art leaders for an afternoon of learning and networking. Participants begin with a panel discussion about Continue Reading
POP•X - Family Drop-In: Cardboard Challenge
Children and families are invited to drop-in to this free, all ages event that challenges participants to create worlds, construct houses, and build sculptures (or anything else) using cardboard and the support of Art Center teaching artists. Additionally, other organizations are planning activities for families on October 24 in downtown Ann Arbor: - Ann Arbor Symphony: Open Rehearsal and Build Continue Reading
POP•X - Closing Party and 93rd All Media Exhibition Opening Party
Fee: Free The Art Center invites the community to join us for a party at the Art Center featuring art, music, food, and drink. This festive evening allows us to celebrate the close of the inaugural POP·X exhibition and, simultaneously, celebrate the opening of the Art Center’s annual All Media Exhibition, our most well know exhibition that in its 93rd Continue Reading
Oct 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Artists' Meet & Greet
Speaker: Monte Nagler
Nov 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Artists' Meet & Greet
Speaker: Nawal Motawi
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