Mission:  The mission of the Riverside Arts Center is to nurture a dynamic arts and cultural environment that builds community by connecting artists and audiences in the Ypsilanti area.

Riverside Arts Center is a multi-purpose cultural arts venue providing performance, exhibit, studio and reception space for artists and arts and cultural organizations. This Art Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. If you have a question, or want to learn how you can volunteer or support RAC in other ways, please use our contact page to send us a message.

Riverside Arts Center receives operational support from the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs (MCACA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). See RAC’s annual report for a complete listing of supporting individuals and and organizations.

Thank you, Visit Ypsi Now,  for making the above video! We love it.

The Building

The front facade of the Riverside Arts Center (RAC) as seen from Pearl Street.

Located just to the right of the RAC is the former DTE Building, now christened the RAC Off-Center. Between a “Cool Cities” grant and the elevator project this facility provides additional gallery and studio space.

Site of a former car wash, the space to the left of the RAC has been transformed into an inviting plaza. Stairs at the rear of the plaza connect with Riverside Park.

The Theater

The Theater lobby has been remodeled (pictures 6-9). Our “new” theater box office was salvaged from UM’s Hill Auditorium during a recent renovation. A big thank you to the Ypsilanti Heritage Foundation for a generous grant to allow this important preservation project to occur!

The intimate black box theatre space provides a great setting for both actor and audience member alike. The air conditioned space has been most recently used in the summer months for drama camps aimed at both early and later elementary grades. We have both weekly and single day rental rates. Please leave your inquiries at (734) 480-ARTS (2787).

The Gallery

Exhibits generally change every month at Riverside Arts Center. We have one of the largest exhibit spaces in Washtenaw county. (Pictures 10-12)

Located at the rear of the Gallery is a catering kitchen and a wheelchair-accessible restroom.

The Off Center

The DTE building, located on the other side of the Elevator, is the “annex” to RAC and called the Off Center. On the main floor we are hosting the Fly Children Arts Center, the Ypsilanti Youth Theater, Ypsi Creative Arts Programs, the We Are Ypsi youth group, as well as classes, meetings and sometimes even parties.

The Dance Studio is on the second floor and is shared by classes for Russian Ballet, Unveiled Dance, Yoga, Fresh Funk, Dancing Freedom, Ypsi Creative Arts Programs, WISD, Zumba and a variety of rehearsal teams.

The Elevator for Easy Access

Elevator Entrance
The Elevator Entrance into the RAC is located between the two buildings that make up the Art Center venue.

The outside door to the glass tower is locked unless an event is happening somewhere within the facility.

The door should be open for events like a Theater performance or a gallery reception.  If you find it hasn’t been opened yet for an event you are attending, please ask someone heading into the Main Entrance to request it be opened for you.

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Gallery Hours
Thursday - Saturday
3:00 - 8:00 pm
1:30 - 4:00pm
Closed for all Holidays

Our doors are kept open by volunteers. So any Holiday where they would want to be with family, the gallery will be closed.