Dec 31, 2015

The Ann Arbor area is an arts and culture paradise with performing arts, studios and galleries, film series, museums, special events and more — all easily accessible and incredibly engaging. 2015 welcomed a number of milestones and even a few historic moments, including:

  • The University Musical Society (UMS) of the University of Michigan received the National Medal of the Arts — the nation’s highest public artistic honor for those who have demonstrated a lifetime of creative excellence. UMS is the first university-related arts presenter to receive this high honor, commemorating its 137-year long commitment to arts presentation, education and creation. Interested in checking out a performance? Use the promo code PUREMI for special discounts to select shows!
  • The Ark, considered one of the top music venues in the world, celebrated its Golden Anniversary — 50 Folkin’ Years of live music. Renowned for the quality and breadth of its programming, a night in the intimate 400-seat listening room at The Ark is as magical as it is memorable.
  • The Purple Rose Theatre Company (PRTC) in neighboring Chelsea celebrated 25 years of live theatre with a documentary featuring native son and theatre founder, Jeff Daniels. The celebrations kicked-off with the world premiere of a Daniels original play, Casting Session, and will continue through the 2015-2016 season.

These are just a few of the amazing achievements that helped rank Ann Arbor #8 on the Best Places to Live 2016 list by Livability.

2016 Watch List

  • The biggest news of 2016 is sure to be that the Ann Arbor Art Fair is changing days! Join us for one of the longest running, most awarded art fairs in the country on Thursday, July 21 – Sunday, July 24.
  • With an incredibly successful inaugural year, we can’t wait to see what POP-X does for an encore! Follow The Ann Arbor Art Center on Facebook for festival updates and information about more great events.
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