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Join Artists Creating Together tomorrow at the ACTion Art Exhibit in a celebration of abilities and art

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Join ACT this Tuesday through Thursday at the 7th annual ACTion Art exhibit!

About Artists Creating Together

Artists Creating Together is a non-profit arts organization that empowers individuals with disabilities to learn, grow, and celebrate through the arts.  ACT programs span all art genres from dance, music, and drama to all visual art forms. Annually, ACT helps over 6,000 individuals celebrate, succeed, and grow through art. ACT programs can be found in schools, hospitals and other community venues throughout West Michigan. ACT has been serving the people of our communities since 1986.

ACT hosts ACTion Art in a uniquely designed opportunity to empower adult artists with disabilities to show their art in a professional gallery format, and to market and sell their work in the larger community. Christopher Bruce, School Programs Senior Coordinator at the GRAM, has expressed his excitement for the event and its impact on the community. Bruce shared: “This partnership opens the Museum to a diverse and broad audience while celebrating the achievements of local artists.”

The exhibit will run Tuesday March 29-Thursday March 31, 10am-5pm. It is hosted by the Grand Rapids Art Museum Education Center at 101 Monroe Center St NW in Grand Rapids. The exhibit will be held at the museum’s Education Center in the Alticor Garden and Betz Studio; guests may enter through the Education Center door at the southwest corner of the GRAM building.

Each year, dozens of adult artists with disabilities are showcased at the exhibit, and three artists selected by a jury will be awarded $300 cash and represent ACT in ArtPrize 2016. ACTion Art encourages these artists to pursue their artistic abilities in one of the largest artist showcases in the country. One ACTion Artist from last year’s exhibit shared, “Thank you for your response [to my art]. It meant a lot to me because I admire [the] show so much.”

Attendees of the ACTion Art exhibit will have the opportunity to experience art through a unique venue that highlights adult artists with disabilities. For the past seven years, this event has brought in artists from different parts of the country and Michigan in a celebration of All Arts and All Abilities. So far, ACT has received a wide range of artwork, showing the diversity of the ACTion Art exhibit. Certain artwork may also be for sale, depending on the artist’s wishes.

For additional questions about the event, opportunities, or how to contribute, e-mail [email protected] or call ACT’s studio at 616.885.5866. This year, ACTion Art is brought to Grand Rapids by Aon Risk Solutions and Varnum Law LLC. 

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