Hours Today: 9 am - 3 pm
Late Night Fridays

We’re keeping the lights on a little longer on Friday nights this summer during Late Night Fridays. On June 9: An opening reception for Members Create, an exhibition of work by 49 GAAC members.

How I Paint - A Process for Creative Flow and Authentic Style

Want to take your painting to the next level? Sign up for this rare opportunity to learn with Nationally renowned artist Patrick Lee.

Gaudi-Inspired Fairy Garden

Dozens of community members attended two free workshops during which they watched a brief introduction to Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi then transformed ordinary bird houses into Gaudi-inspired fairy houses.

Outdoor Gallery Exhibit: Debra Howard

Michigan and Maryland painter Debra Howard’s work has been chosen for the Glen Arbor Arts Center’s 2023-24 Outdoor Gallery exhibition.

Exhibit: Swimming

Swimming is an activity that puts bodies into bodies of water. It is also a universally-understood metaphor for moving through water, literal and symbolic

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The Glen Arbor Arts Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching community life through the arts.


Art Everywhere! The Glen Arbor Arts Center is a destination for creativity and a catalyst for community collaborations that engage and inspire.


GAAC offers diverse and exciting classes for all skill levels. Some are taught in the center of Glen Arbor, tucked away in our wooded location. Others are taught in the beautiful pastoral setting of Thoreson Farm, located in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Our instructors have impressive credentials and extensive teaching experience. We have a generous scholarship program for persons who qualify; please inquire.

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You don't have to be a creator to benefit from the arts. Research shows that exposure to painting, dancing, singing, writing, and theater is good for our emotional well being. GAAC invites you to appreciate and benefit from the creativity of others all year long through our diverse events.

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The GAAC galleries offer year-round exhibits using the visual, performing, written, and spoken arts as a way to explore a range of ideas. Companion programs – artist interviews, art history talks, classes, theater performances, music, poetry — round out each exhibit and offer dynamic opportunities to dig deeper into a theme and to explore it from many unexpected angles.

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GAAC provides a wide variety of opportunities for our community of artists to show and sell their work, connect with other artists, and encourage others through teaching.

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Glen Arbor Arts Center Diversity & Inclusion Statement
We are an equal-opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, students, artists, volunteers, and community stakeholders.

What we do
Serving the Glen Lake area in Leelanau County, the GAAC offers year-round enriching art and entertainment with something for everyone. The organization is a vital, active, multidimensional center for the arts, art making, and creativity – thanks to our many volunteers and staff. Join us for the variety of events and classes we have to offer. New members, volunteers, and visitors are always welcome.

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