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Here’s The Truth The group Save our Downtown (SOD), which put Proposal 3 on the ballot, is ignoring the negative consequences that would result if the proposal passes. Despite the group’s name, the proposal impacts the entire city, not just downtown. Munson Medical Center, NMC, and the Grand Traverse Commons are also zoned for buildings over 60’ tall...

Keep TC As-Is In response to Lynda Prior’s letter, no one is asking the people to vote every time someone wants to build a building; Prop. 3 asks that people vote if a building is to be built over 60 feet. Traverse City will not die but will grow at a pace that keeps it the city people want to visit and/or reside; a place to raise a family. It seems people in high-density cities with tall buildings are the ones who flock to TC...

A Right To Vote I cannot understand how people living in a democracy would willingly give up the right to vote on an impactful and important issue. But that is exactly what the people who oppose Proposal 3 are advocating. They call the right to vote a “burden.” Really? Since when does voting on an important issue become a “burden?” The heart of any democracy is the right of the people to have their voice heard...

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Stormy Vote Florida Governor Scott warns people on his coast to evacuate because “this storm will kill you! But in response to Hillary Clinton’s suggestion that Florida’s voter registration deadline be extended because a massive evacuation could compromise voter registration and turnout, Republican Governor Scott’s response was that this storm does not necessitate any such extension...

Third Party Benefits It has been proven over and over again that electing Democrat or Republican presidents and representatives only guarantees that dysfunction, corruption and greed will prevail throughout our government. It also I believe that a fair and democratic electoral process, a simple and fair tax structure, quality health care, good education, good paying jobs, adequate affordable housing, an abundance of healthy affordable food, a solid, well maintained infrastructure, a secure social, civil and public service system, an ecologically sustainable outlook for the future and much more is obtainable for all of us...

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Artcenter Traverse City

Plants a New Seed with Series of Events

Rick Coates - June 4th, 2012  

Since its inception in 1951, the Artcenter Traverse City (ACTC) has played a crucial role in supporting the visual arts in the region.

But as with any non-profit organization focused on the arts, the challenges are many.

“I think the purpose and the need for the Artcenter has always been there. I think the challenge in recent years has been focusing on the vision,” said Paul LaPorte, vice-president of the Artcenter board.

“I believe that we have a dedicated group that clearly understands that vision and is committed to seeing it succeed.”


A big part of that vision is organizing events that promote awareness of the visual arts to the community. This weekend they will launch a major exhibition titled “Art and The Garden,” a collaboration between Artcenter Traverse City and the Botanical Garden Society along with the Historic Barns Park.

“Art and The Garden” will feature several events. There will be an opening reception Friday, June 8, in the new 630 Mercato space on the north end of Building 50 on the grounds of the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. The reception will take place from 6-8 p.m. The all-media exhibition is based on a garden theme and will be a juried show.

On Saturday, June 9, the ArtCenter Traverse City is donating three pieces of sculpture by John Goss to the new Botanic Garden at the Historic Barns Park at the Grand Traverse Commons. The sculptures are a gift from Charlotte and Robert Streit of Twisted Fish Gallery. The instillation and ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. and is open to the public.

“We have witnessed a unique energy that demonstrates that art is very much alive in our community and gardeners, like artists, share a passion for what they are doing. Lawrence, president of Artcenter Traverse City. “This is a very exciting collaboration between three organizations who have a shared sense of community. We expect the Artcenter to be involved in further such collaborations in the future.”


Since losing its former space (the All Faiths Chapel on the grounds of the old State Hospital), the ACTC has had to get creative to find exhibit space as well as space for classes.

“We are an arts organization without a physical location, but we are working to change that,” said LaPorte. “The focus in downtown Traverse City the past several years has been on the Opera House and the State Theatre, and rightfully so.

“But now we must look at having the ACTC downtown. Look what similar organizations in Petoskey, Frankfort, Leland and Glen Arbor have meant to those communities. We haven’t set a timeframe yet, but the discussion is out there.”

In the meantime the ACTC continues to forge partnerships in the community for exhibit and classroom space.

“These partnerships will prove valuable in the long-term as well,” said LaPorte. “Even once we get our own facility downtown we will be active in the community with visual arts events.”

LaPorte also hinted that the ACTC is looking at playing a major role in developing a tourism initiative around the arts of the region.

“We have world-class artists here, with world class wines, beers and restaurants,” said LaPorte. “The challenge is letting the world know we are here.

“I travel the world and tell people about Traverse City and invite some of the people I meet to come and visit and see for themselves. Those who do are shocked they can’t believe all that we have to offer and they are equally impressed with the art they see in the local galleries created by artists who live right here.”

While those are all goals for the future, the vision right now for the ACTC is the Art and the Garden exhibit.

Here is an overview of events in the coming weeks:

All-Media Show: This show, based on a garden theme, will hang in the new 630 Mercato space on the north end of Building 50 on the grounds of the Grand Traverse Commons. An opening reception with recognition and announcement of prizes is June 8, 6-8 p.m. at the site of the show. The public is welcome. Art and the Garden is a juried art show.

Installation of Public Art: On Saturday, June 9, the public is welcome to witness the installation of a donated sculpture in the new Botanic Garden, near the barns. The Garden Sculpture Dedication is at 3:00 p.m.

Lecture and Tea: On June 16, join nationally-known artist Karen Klein at Dennos Museum for a lecture and tea: “Still Life Drawings of the Natural World.”

Plein Aire Painting: On Saturday, June 16, all adult artists are invited to join a day of painting outside with a wine reception, art sale, and presentation of cash awards at the end of the day.

Kids’ Day: Saturday, June 23, is a special “Kids’ Day” that will feature music, a play based on a children’s book, and kids’ art projects and other free fun events. Kids’ Day runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Historic Barns Park tent.

For further details on these and other events during the month-long Art and the Garden exhibition and celebration, go to artcentertraversecity.com.

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