At Blackbird Arts, we believe everyone should have access to high quality arts education. We all have creative gifts to share. We celebrate the diversity of our friends by affirming the diversity of age, gender, race, sexual orientation, disability and economic status. Inclusive arts is a philosophy, rather than a specific program. We strive to treat children and adults as individuals rather than with a label and believe that by building inclusive programs and exploring the needs of each person, we all benefit artistically. Accessible Arts opens that door.
Below are organizations and programs where Accessible Arts funds have enabled us to provide programs that strengthen the creative opportunities for individuals--regardless of ability, location, or economic status.
In 2015, we partnered with the Dennos Museum and Traverse Bay Intermediate School District (TBAISD) to provide 120 students with hands-on clay workshops and music workshops with Joshua Davis.
Artists Creating Together Grand Traverse (ACT-GT)
Since 2013, Blackbird Arts has partnered with ACT-Gt (formerly VSA) to provide visual arts, dance, and music programs...both in the school and in the studio. Through this type of outreach, we strive to encourage youth and adults with disabilities to participate in our classes and workshops on a regular basis and help others understand the benefits of inclusive programming.
Traverse Bay Area Intermediate District (TBAISD)
Thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Michigan Disabilities Rights Coalition and United Cerebral Palsy, Blackbird Arts launched an education and outreach program in 2012 to build inclusive arts programming. Although the funding ended in 2013, the benefits of that outreach have continued. We have been able to offer:
Community Clay @ Blackbird Arts
Our monthly class invites ALL members of the community to experience the joy of working with clay. We create side-by-side and is offered free to all participants. With support, we're hoping to grow the program into a weekly offering.
Family Concerts in the Garden
Blackbird Arts stresses the importance of making music affordable and accessible to our youngest audience members. We've hosted a series of concerts in the garden, where families with young children are invited to share in the joy of music making.
Blackbird Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all donations are tax deductible under the extent of law. Thank you for your support.