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Community Programs

We believe in the power of the arts for community engagement, for exploring critical issues in our world through a new lens, and for building understanding about ourselves and others. Blackbird Arts offers several community-focused programs: ArtsWOW (Arts Without Walls), Accessible Arts, and Community Arts. These programs connect people to the arts beyond our studio walls.

In 2017, we have provided over 1,500 hands-on art and music experiences for adults, youth and families in the Grand Traverse Region. 

If you are interested in bringing a community program to your school or  group, please contact 


Arts W.O.W.

(Arts Without Walls)

Our ArtsWOW program brings the arts to non-traditional settings, from nursing homes and community gardens, to parks and sailing ships. This allows us to reach an even greater number of children and adults, and many people have their first hands-on experience of how the arts can help us look closely at our world.

If you are interested in bringing ArtsWOW to your school or  group, please contact 

INland seas

Nontraditional settings are strong ways to engage youth and adults in different types of learning. We've held Blackbird Arts presents  Great Lakes History and Music with Joshua Davis  and a  Family Art Sail / Scientific Drawing Workshop with the Inland Seas Schoolship.



SEEDS and Blackbird have partnered for five years to provide arts enrichment after school, summer camp collaborations, and three years of The Quest--a summer camp theater/art/music/performance intensive with SEEDS and Earthwork Music.



Blackbird Arts offers workshops for residents in retirement and assisted care facilities. Since 2015, we've held workshops at Grand Traverse Pavilions ranging from watercolor to clay hand building.



Community Arts

Community Arts  supports art created by the community, for the community. We have an ongoing project called Benchmark, which partners professional artists and writers with a school or community group to repurpose worn downtown benches. Each year during the Traverse City Film Festival, we run a Young Filmmakers Workshop to create claymation shorts that are screened for free during the TCFF.  We've held youth summer camps in Art Rapids! Walk of Art sculpture park to create public installations. Working together to make art enriches our lives and our communities. 

 If you're interested in learning more about community art projects, please contact


Accessible Arts



Everyone deserves access to quality arts education. In our Accessible Arts program, we work to reach youth in rural communities, provide scholarships for those with financial need, and build inclusive programs for differently abled youth and adults.  We partner with teachers working in self-contained classrooms, community organizations in other towns, and arts organizations near and far.  If you're interested in finding out ways to make arts more accessible to more people in the community, please contact