Glen Arbor Arts Center goes virtual

From staff reports

The Glen Arbor Arts Center (GAAC) first closed its doors on March 16 in response to Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 orders. Following its May 11 meeting, the GAAC Board of Directors voted to continue the temporary closure, and to follow the recommendations and mandates of government and public health authorities.

According to GAAC executive director Sarah Kime, all in-person events will be canceled until health mandates are lifted. These events include the Manitou Music concert series, classes, in-gallery exhibitions and the Plein Air Weekend.

To fill the gap created by these necessary cancellations, the GAAC will continue to develop and facilitate all programming virtually through December 31. 

“The process of going from virtual to live is easier than from going from live to virtual,” Kime said. “The positive aspect to all of our hard work establishing virtual offerings will not go away. We will use what we learned went well and incorporate into our business model.”

Plans are in process for converting the GAAC’s signature summer painting event, the Plein Air Weekend, to a virtual format. A variety of virtual classes and instruction are in development, and all remaining exhibitions scheduled for 2020 may be viewed online.

More information and updates about the GAAC’s offerings can be found at

This story was sponsored by 9 Bean Rows in Lake Leelanau