The BBAC is a fantastic facility that meets multible needs. It reaches people from all over southeastern Michigan with its workshops, classes, open studios, Gallery shows, gallery shop, andart appreciationn lectures and tours. It targets students and participants from pre-schools to senior citizins. It services mentally and physically challenged. The gallery openings are wonderful events which are free and open to all. The BBAC is ahands on, friendly welcoming place that is available to all with scholarships for classes, camp tutorials and memtoring.
I'm one of those people who grew up thinking (& sometimes told!) "I'm not artistic." A couple years ago, a friend told me about a great class he took at the BBAC & encouraged me to check it out. I took a drawing workshop - one-day commitment - & really enjoyed it AND was very encouraged by the teacher. Have gone to to a painting class & this term am trying pot-throwing in ceramics. What works for me is using my hands & the other side of my brain...The BBAC makes it so easy to enter the world of art.
The BBAC is the hidden gem of Southeast MI. It is a wonderful place for families to work together, individuals to pursue hobbies or passions. They uphold their mission of Art for All. I love the BBAC!
My experience with the BBAC has been nothing but awesome. This center offers pretty much everything you would want in an art center. Well known experienced teachers, a wide range of classes offered from painting, clay studios, jewelry, art camps during the summer for adults and children, Sunday drop-in classes for all ages from 1-4pm and much, much more. My daughter and I have taken clay studio classes during the summer months for some one on one time and have had so much fun. I use to take my son once a week when he was little (when he had half day classes in kindergarten)and attend a drawing class (age appropriate)at the art center. We would have so much fun together and every time he would come home with his creation and be so proud. I became a Board Member in 2008 and currently, I'm a big supporter of Studio 1 which works with individuals or groups with disabilities and organizations where kids can come and be exposed to the arts. I'm trying to build a bridge within the system for children in my school to volunteer their services and work with the organizations coming to Studio 1. We have to teach our kids early that it is always good to give back and support the organizations that help and provide for everyone. I would love it if everyone would just go to the website or visit the center and see what it has to offer for their family.
I grew up at the BBAC in the 70's. It was the best place to take art classes in the area. Now it's 30 years later and my own children are growing up at the BBAC. It's still the same safe inspirational place to explore the arts but with so much more. The changing exhibitions keep us coming back every month, as do the Sunday drop-in workshops. On the other end of the spectrum, my grandmother has attended the adult art camps and I have a couple girlfriends who paint seriously here during the day with some amazing teachers.