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(LCCC) was formed in 1992. LCCC’s mission is to promote
cultural enrichment programs and events, to provide a gathering place for the community, and to preserve the Old Art Building for its signi cant role in Leelanau history.
“We offer a large gathering space, both indoors and out, right on the river in Leland, including a beautiful garden six months of the year,” said LCCC Executive Director
Becky Ross. “We offer classes for all ages in many art forms and types of physical  tness,
a year-round, open studio space for artists, middle and high school dances, art exhibits – indoor and out, live music – indoor and out,  lms, illustrated lectures and more.”
The multi-use space is the site of constant innovation
in programming, according
to Ross. For example, a  lm screening of Casablanca included live music set in a café style. The organization also hosted producer Larry Brand and lead actor Stephen Lang of the “Beyond Glory, which followed the lives
of eight Medal of Honor recipients.
You can hear world class musicians collaborate on chamber music or join a jam session yourself at the Open Acoustical Band on Wednesday nights.
The Old Art Building also hosts several shows throughout the summer including Art Leelanau, which serves as an important fundraiser for LCCC. The opening reception begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 27. Guests strole through hundreds of locally produced pieces, with a percentage of sales going to LCCC.
Glen Arbor gets a new, bigger look
On the southwest corner
of the Peninsula a successful capital campaign enabled the recently renamed Glen Arbor Arts Center to expand and renovate.
“When the original building was constructed in 2002, it was a summer organization serving 2,500 people annually, primarily adults,” said Peg
McCarty, Executive Director. “The building was intended
as a gathering space for
artists. Today, the GAAC is a multifaceted center for the arts and a hub for art education, appreciation, and inspiration. It serves a diverse population of 7,500 adults, children, families, and seniors.”
GAAC President Jeff Gietzen is owner of Northwoods Hardware and Home and Gifts Store in Glen Arbor.
“I learned long ago that
we need to help support
those that are supporting us,” Gietzen said. “It’s a circle of life sort of thing.”
He’s involved in the Art Center despite the fact that he is “not artistic, but I do enjoy seeing the efforts and works of others. You get to meet so many interesting and committed people – people who care. The Arts Center does really great work; and it is fun!”
The expansion and renovation inspired and permitted exciting plans for the future.
“The space has been doubled in size, allowing
for more events, classes, concerts, lectures, and exhibits year-round,” said McCarty. “A bright and spacious new gallery space provides the opportunity for 12 months’ worth of ideas- driven exhibitions that use the visual, performing, written, and spoken arts as a tool
for exploration of a range of creative ideas. Exhibitions are more than an installation of pictures on the gallery walls and each of the exhibitions will be enhanced through a range of supportive programming.”
The GAAC’s 2018 line up promises diverse opportunities for adult learners including mystery writing, a Great Books discussion group, lectures, painting, photography, an extensive pottery program,
to name a few. The summer program for children will be back in full force.
Old school, new purpose
We’ve heard a lot these days about recycling and repurposing. That’s exactly
what happened with Leelanau Studios, a multi-use, multi- function collaboration by the Grand Traverse Regional Art Campus (GTRAC) located at M-22 and Cherry Bend Road, just one mile north of Tom’s West Bay, across from Harbor West.
“Leelanau Studios at the Grand Traverse Regional Arts Campus opened in 2016,” said
Charles Passarelli spent most
of his career as a commercial illustrator and previously taught at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit. Last summer at the age of 86 he led watercolor classes at the Old Art Building.
Ken Sands who is employed by GTRAC to provide maintenance for the building.
The former Norris School now serves as a community center and meeting space for clubs and associations. You’ll also  nd yoga, dance,  tness and art classes. And there’s art galleries, acupuncture, and graphic artists.
It’s a good place to start your Leelanau journey, as just inside the front door are the of ces for the Leelanau Wine Trail and Leelanau Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. The school was closed years ago due to budget constraints. The building has been given the all-clear, but concerns naturally followed discovery that toxic chemicals had been dumped
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