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Upcoming events with Artists Creating Together

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This February, ACT is offering a series of exciting events open to the public, including open art studio sessions for adults and youth and a drumming session at Marge's Donut Den as part of Mardi Gras celebrations.

About Artists Creating Together

Artists Creating Together empowers individuals with disabilities to learn, grow, and celebrate through the arts. ACT provides art and creative expression programming that enriches the lives of people with and without disabilities in every corner of West Michigan.

Artists Creating Together (ACT) is a non-profit organization in Grand Rapids that empowers individuals with disabilities to learn, grow, and celebrate through the arts. Each year, ACT serves 6,000 people with disabilities in pursuing the arts through youth programs, adult classes, community partnerships, and programs at local hospitals. To learn more about ACT’s programs and events, visit

Open Art Studios

Three times per year, ACT’s Open Art Studios bring in artists of all backgrounds, including frequent ACT students and other artists who usually don’t have access to art supplies. Past Open Art Studios have empowered ACT’s adult artists to take control of their artistic abilities and create unique pieces of art.  Artists can expect to walk away from the open studio with work they created feeling more confident in their art and their abilities as artists.

“I am so thankful that Jesse had the opportunity to spend time with you tonight,” shared an ACT artist’s parent after last year’s open studio. “He came home so excited to show us his projects. What a great night.”

ACT is hosting two separate Open Art Studios based on age early this month. Both are open to the public. See dates and information for adult and youth artists below.

Thursday, February 4, 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.: Adult Open Art Studio

ACT Studio, 1140 Monroe Ave NW, Suite 1401, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503

Cost: $10

Artists Creating Together opens its studio doors to all adult artists (ages 16 and up) with disabilities. Artists will have access to supplies, space, and equipment to let their creativity run free. Register online at

Thursday, February 11, 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.: Youth Open Art Studio

ACT Studio, 1140 Monroe Ave NW, Suite 1401, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503

Cost: $10

Open to artists with disabilities under the age of 16, ACT’s Youth Open Art Studio empowers youth with disabilities to think outside of the box with free reign of supplies and studio space.  There will also be planned crafts and art projects for artists who would like more specific guidance. Register online at


Performances: Open to the public


Tuesday, February 9 (Mardi Gras), 9:30 a.m.: ACTion Drummers

Marge’s Donut Den, 1751 28th St SW, Wyoming, MI 49519


Our Adult ACTion Drummers have been working hard on their music every Monday night, and they are now ready to go live by putting on a fabulous performance for the public. This performance will demonstrate the troupe’s hard work and dedication in a Mardi Gras themed celebration of creativity. Stop into Marge’s Donut Den on Fat Tuesday and experience music and more with our ACTion Drummers!

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