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Arts at Home – Stay Connected to Local Artists, Events & Exhibitions in Kalamazoo

Posted on April 20th, 2020

The vibrant arts scene in Kalamazoo adds to the energy and unique character that we’re known for, and wonderful and vibrant quality of life cherished by locals. The area’s museums, concerts, festivals and public art bring beauty and inspiration to every corner of the city.

Now that our social circles are much smaller, many of you may be seeking ways to stay connected with your favorite local artist or venue. Leave it to these creative folks to find ways to bring art to you while we are at home.




Glass Art Kalamazoo

Hands Off Glass Art Experience


If you are looking to flex your creative muscle from the safety of your home while supporting your favorite local glass art organization, GAK has got your back! You can design your very own glass bowl and our artists will bring your vision to life!  This class is designed to provide a hands off glass art experience.

Choose between a blown glass bowl, vase or drinking cup!





The Gilmore

Virtually Gilmore

A series of streaming and archived performances – April 22 – May 5


Virtually Gilmore begins on April 22, which would have been the first day of the 2020 Festival. “We chose this date to celebrate the Festival and honor its longstanding tradition,” said Gilmore Director Pierre van der Westhuizen. “We may have missed the 2020 Festival, but music from The Gilmore will continue.”

Each day they will feature an archived performance selected from among The Gilmore’s many years of recorded concerts. Each was chosen as a stand out in terms of artistry and repertoire. All performances will be presented on the Gilmore website and their YouTube channel.





Arts Council

Virtual Art Hop


Due to the social distancing guidelines in place because of COVID-19, May Art Hop will be hosted virtually on Friday, May 5, from 5-8 p.m. Artists will be posting their art – whether dance, theatre, music, painting, ceramics, photography, or more — to the Arts Council’s Facebook page from 4:30 – 7:30 pm.



Virtually discover public art in Kalamazoo


The Arts Council has a digital gallery of public art and sculptures for you to virtually discover around Kalamazoo County!





Kalamazoo Book Arts Center

The Illustrated Accordion Online Exhibition


The Illustrated Accordion exhibition focuses on books created in the accordion form. The structure of an accordion book is simple: a long piece of paper is folded into pages that can be read like a book or spread open and displayed like a banner. Featuring works of book artists from all over the world, the books in this exhibit take this book form to a new level. Every book that has been entered in previous Illustrated Accordion exhibits are available to view through their website.





Kalamazoo State Theatre


Virtual Prom


The Kalamazoo State Theatre is hosting a Virtual Prom! Participate in Virtual Prom with the State Theatre via Facebook Live on April 25th from 8:00-9:30 PM!

Dress up, take pictures, connect with friends, make song and shout-out requests, and of course, dance along! Make sure to share your pictures with them in the livestream and tag three friends to join you!



Virtual Bingo





Colors and Cocktails

DIY Art Kits available




Kalamazoo Ballroom Academy

Live Virtual Ballroom Technique Classes


They will be hosting a Facebook live class for technique at 6:30pm today. Class will be from 6:30pm -7:15pm Thursday April 16th. This is the time to try out one of their most popular studio classes for free.




Wellspring Virtual Dance Academy 


Wellspring Dance Academy, led by the professional company members of Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers, is the best of modern and contemporary dance education in Southwest Michigan.

They’re moving dance classes from the theatre to your living room! Registration is open for their Virtual Dance Academy for everyone, not just current students! You can purchase access to their distance learning resources for the whole family today! Be sure to select the “Monthly Online Class Pass” class.





Fun At Home Art Projects


Earth Day Rock Project


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Earth Day Rock Project! HOW DO I PARTICIPATE? ___________________________ Across the planet, communities of animals, plants, and humans face the hardships of environmental injustices caused by systemic oppression and exacerbated by the threat of climate change. The Earth Day Rock Project is designed to provide small doses of positivity through drawings, calls to action, and environmental justice awareness leading up to Earth Day 2020. STEPS: Step 1: Find a rock you like Step 2: Write a small message in support of Earth Day, doodle an image important to you, or suggest ways we can re-examine our relationships with the environment. Step 3: Take a photo! Step 4: Share your rock with families and friends on social media to spread the word. Tag your post using the hashtag #OneLittleMessage Step 5: Share your rock to this Earth Day Rock Project page so visitors to our page can find inspiration in our collective voice. Discover more on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OneLittleMessage (LINK IN BIO) #EarthDay #EarthDay2020 #KalamazooInstituteOfArts #ArtLover #WhereArtIsForEveryone #Kalamazoo #Kzoo #Community #YoungArtist #ArtMuseum #Sculpture #ArtGallery #Exhibition #Gallery

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Paper Bouquet


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WELCOME SPRING WITH A PAPER FLOWER ? BOUQUET! Supplies: ✂️Scissors Glue or Tape Paper of any kind – 1 full piece to use as a background – A variety of other types of paper like construction, scrap, printer, wrapping, magazines, coloring pages, maps, coffee filters, tissue, newspaper, cardboard tube, the options are endless! Optional Materials: Glitter Ribbon Stickers, or anything you like. Follow along with our young artist to see how they made a beautiful flower to inspire you to create your own. Don’t forget to share it with us! Step 1: Gather Supplies. Think about what colors and textures you want to use and do you need to grab extra materials like stickers or ribbon? What color do you want your background to be? Step 2: Begin to construct your floral creation. Think about if you want it to be 2D (flat) or 3D (raised off the paper). Do you want one flower or more? Cut out a center and petals or a vase to put them in Tip: An easy way to make a 3D flower is to fold the petals up! Step 3: Once you completed the flower, look again and decide if you want to use your other materials, like stickers, glitter or ribbons. Maybe you use a marker to outline it, the choice is yours! Check out this @RocketComicz sticker our young artist used! Post your work on social media and tag the KIA! Use the hashtag #MyKIABouquet and maybe your work will be re-posted by us! . . . #KalamazooInstituteOfArts #ArtLover #WhereArtIsForEveryone #Kalamazoo #Kzoo #Community #YoungArtist #ArtMuseum #Sculpture #ArtGallery #Exhibition #Gallery

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Weekly Tai Chi Sessions




Young Artists of Kalamazoo County Virtual Exhibition

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Each year the museum welcomes hundreds of artworks delivered to us from elementary art teachers (people who are among our personal heroes!) throughout Kalamazoo County. The Young Artists of Kalamazoo County exhibition is one that makes us all stop and smile, and remember why we got into the museum business. Typically, the opening weekend is one of our busiest all year, drawing thousands of families and loved ones following their proud artist in search of that ONE special painting, drawing, collage, or sculpture. While we are sad that we won't see you in person this year, we are gratified to bring you the exhibition in a new way with these images so we can still celebrate and enjoy all the joy, color and creativity these young K-8 students have brought to their art. Thank you to our generous sponsors for helping make the Young Artists of Kalamazoo exhibition possible. Presenting sponsor: The Tyler-Little Family Foundation Additional sponsor: PlazaCorp . Go here https://www.kiarts.org/page.php?page_id=1806 (LINK IN BIO) . . . #YoungArtists #KIA #KalamazooInstituteOfArts #Kalamazoo #KalamazooCounty

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