Ann Arbor Art Center launches campaign to fund expansion, new art studios

Campaign aims to raise $72K

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Ann Arbor Art Center is doing one final push to complete a $5 million expansion and equip eight art studios.

Having acquired the space right next to its current 117 W. Liberty St. location, the organization has been taking steps to expand since 2013 in order to meet growing demands for more art experiences. In 2017, more than 800 people were on waitlists for art classes and camps, according to the expansion website.

As part of the Art Center’s Capital Expansion Campaign, the newly launched “The Home Stretch” funding campaign aims to raise $72,166 by April 15.

Donated funds will go towards fully equipping five existing studios and three new ones which will host youth and adult art classes and camps this summer.

“Reunited, these two historic downtown buildings, masterfully designed and carefully renovated, will host state-of-the-art amenities. Amenities that will ensure the safety, comfort, and well-being of 60,000+ students, artists, staff, and art enthusiasts who enjoy the A2AC each year,” said Ann Arbor Art Center President and CEO Marie Klopf.

The $5.2 million Capital Expansion Campaign has been five years in the making and is 95% complete, according to a release.

Learn more about the funding campaign and expansion here.

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