Riverside Art Center (RAC) announced this week that it is incorporating the FLY Children’s Art Center (FLY) as part of their organization.  The two Ypsilanti creative establishments are formalizing a relationship that amplifies their ability to provide better services in the community. The new program will be the FLY Creativity Lab (FLY) at Riverside Arts Center.

“Riverside Art Center is a hub of creative activity in Ypsilanti,” said Emily Tuesday, Executive Director of Riverside Art Center. “Having a mature children’s creativity program based at RAC adds an important piece to our offerings. We are thrilled with the partnership and what it means for our community. ”

The building that houses the Riverside Art Center was purchased by the Ypsilanti Downtown Development Authority in 1994 to provide a venue for plays, dance, music, and art. The building was a Masonic Temple originally, and the facility has beautiful features from its origin in 1909. DTE has generously dedicated the adjoining building for RAC’s Off Center that houses a dance studio, artists’ studios and a street level gallery. RAC has hosted scores of exhibitions, provided affordable studio space for artists of all kinds, and has, for the past year and a half, been the home of FLY Children’s Art Center.

“We moved into the RAC’s Off Center about a year ago,” Linette Lao, Board Chair of FLY explains. “It made sense for us financially, and we feel like having a location that hosts all sorts of art amplifies our creativity and community. Formalizing this relationship means that we can focus on plans to bring kids downtown to the studio and expand our offerings in the schools. We knew we wanted to join with another organization, and after careful review RAC emerged as a local ally with a similar vision.”

FLY was founded in 2009 to provide creative opportunities to kids in Ypsilanti schools and surrounding areas. Most recently FLY completed artist-in-residencies at two elementary schools.

Donald Loppnow, Riverside Art Center’s Board President, shares the excitement, “We’re pleased to see the RAC vision coming to fruition. Ypsilanti is home to many creative people and even more people who appreciate that creativity. The Riverside Arts Center helps bring this to life. Offering arts programming for youth in our community is one of our important priorities.  Incorporating the FLY Creativity Lab into the Riverside Arts Center’s programming helps achieve this important priority.“

Updates will continue through this fall as new opportunities for programming develop.  Those interested in becoming a part of the Riverside Art Center are encouraged to volunteer, and employment opportunities will become available in the future.

The Riverside Art Center offers, promotes and nurtures a dynamic arts and cultural environment in Southeast Michigan through arts education, performing arts and visual arts activities designed to engage and serve the community.

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The Orgreling with Spinning Dot Theatre


In the Dance Studio

By Spinning Dot Theatre

Thursday – Sunday, Aug 17-20 @ 8pm

The Ogreling by Suzanne Lebeau of Canada is a dark and wondrous play of a boy coming of age, discovering his otherness, and coming to grips with who he is and who he might become. Shadows, music, and the intensity of the play combine for a unique and transportive trek into this looming fairytale world.

Directed by Tyler Calhoun and Jenny Anne Koppera.

The cast includes Repertory veterans Tae Hoon Yoo (Big Fire), Vicki Morgan and Emily Slomovits. Joining the company are Matthew Webb and Jedì Curva dual cast as the Ogreling and Emily Levickas as Mother.

Recommended for audiences between the ages of 13-25.
$10 suggested donation.

Graffiti Alley by Fred Beutler

Artist Talk

Saturday, July 15, 2015

4 pm in the Gallery

Free and open to the public.

Fred has been a dedicated photographer since the age of seven.

For fifteen years he was the Photographer for the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre; his photos appeared in posters, theater magazines, and newspapers. Fred is currently the Photographer for the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor, and has worked with other civic organizations.

Among his photographic achievements is a first prize in a national photographic contest sponsored by Nikon. He’ll be showing what is possible to do to make a mediocre photograph good, or a good photograph great aka post-production processing.

To see more of his work visit his website at http://frederickbeutler.com/


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