Rotary Hears About Midland Center for the Arts
April 12, 2016
By: Stephen Kent
Bruce Winslow, director of the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Arts, part of the Midland Center for the Arts, outlined the high-quality arts offerings of the museum at the Bay City Rotary Club on April 12. "Art offers messages of hope," he said, commenting "we must shine the light."
Among the 20 to 30 exhibitions of science and art presented each year have been such outstanding exhibits as King Tut and Leonardo DaVinci, an exhibit that featured workable wooden models of some of DaVinci's most notable inventions.
Other popular exhibits have included dinosaurs and Amy Adelman's web-like thread exhibit that filled an entire room, said Mr. Winslow, who is a graduate of New York City's Pratt Institute. "These exhibits bring yellow buses filled with inquisitive youngsters to our doorstep constantly," he said.
In the Hall of Ideas currently is "Speed: Science of Motion," depicting aerodynamics and motion, and explicating the aspects of human endurance. Upcoming on May 1 is the "Art of Dr. Seuss" and on the future docket is "Reflective Illusions," an amazing silver and glass presentation.
The Center for the Arts offers studio school experiences by providing a full curriculum in a well-equipped studio. Education and outreach are accomplished by "wonderful parties," he enthused, including the "largest wine tasting event in the state."
The Center's Holiday Art Fair earns enough revenue to pay 30 percent of exhibit expenses, he said. A summer Art Fair features beautiful works of juried artists from across the country, food vendors, street musicians, artists' demonstrations and a children's activity corner.
More than 50,000 visitors explore the center's featured exhibitions each year. The key to the Hall of Ideas is its hands-on approach geared to a celebration of the visual arts and sciences through individual participation, appreciation, education, and expression. Inspiring special events round out the center's programming.
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CLUB NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS
2016 Rotary Rocks titled "Birds Of A Feather"
The concert is only two weeks away: April 28 at the State Theatre. Andrea Hales is selling program ads for the event at $30, $50, and $100. General admission is $10. Patron tickets (1 ticket and name listing) are $25.
The next Rotary Night Out
is scheduled for Wednesday, May 25, 6:30pm, at Old City Hall. The cost will be $21.99 plus tax and tips for a full dinner (prime rib or artichoke chicken) and a cash bar. Sign up now for a great night of food and fellowship. There's a limit of 50 people so reservations are required.
Members are encouraged to make their annual contributions to the Rotary Foundation now for the District challenge "Every Rotarian Every Year".
Current and past DISTRICT DISPATCH
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DATES TO REMEMBER
April 28 Rotary Rocks Concert State Theatre.
District Conference Alpena
Wednesday, May 25, 6:30pm
Rotary Night Out - Old City Hall
Thursday, Annual Golf Outing - Maple Leaf Golf Course, 9:00 a.m. start.
Full details are on the club web site.
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April 19,2016 Volunteer Program & need for volunteers from Bay City
Dee Bliss, Volunteer Coordinator, will talk about opportunities to be matched with Hospice patients to provide companionship and friendship.
May 03, 2016 Nancy Cusick
will talk about her experiences administering the POLIO VACCINE
on her recent trip to India.
Current and past DISTRICT DISPATCH
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