Art Access @ the BBAC


Since 2008, the art center has launched outreach efforts that focus on access in the broadest sense.  We bring meaningful hands-on experiences to those otherwise lacking the means to create.  As a result, they connect to the world of visual arts & benefit in many different ways from a world beyond themselves.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation in support of these efforts, thank you in advance! CLICK HERE.


A “visual arts respite program” – FREE! – for caregivers. Ninety-minute bi-weekly sessions use art-making as a tool to alleviate feelings of stress, depression & isolation often associated with the caregiver role. All caregivers are welcome, professional or family members. NO art-making experience is required! For more information, click here.  (Pre-registration is required.) 


Aging is Inevitable, Loss of Creativity is Not

Partnering with the Greater Michigan Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and trained by the Museum of Modern Art, in 2013 we launched Meet Me @ the BBAC.

This is an outreach program for individuals with early and mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease along with their caregivers. Together, they complete art-making and art-looking components.  Sessions provide the opportunity to view and create art that encourages dialogue and creativity.  This outreach program is meant to inspire creative mind functioning as well as bolster self-esteem.  In fact, this program aims to enhance the patient/caregiver relationship.

There is a component of Meet Me @ the BBAC available to the public. The cost for both participant and their caregiver is $10 total.  (Pre-registration is required.) For more information, click here


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Art: A Valuable Outlet

Together with partner organizations, the BBAC promotes multiple levels and cross-sectors of collaboration.

Partnerships include:

  • Angel’s Place
  • Children’s Village
  • Oakwood Commons
  • Friendship Club
  • FAR Therapeutic Arts & Recreation

We help address visual art education for special needs populations.  By reaching out to individuals or groups with unique physical, emotional, or developmental needs, we expand our reach to those who are historically underserved.

For more information, contact Susan Owens, 248.644.0866 x 128 or


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Bridging High School to College to Careers in Visual Arts

Aimed to help underserved young people, ArtBridge connects students to artistic career pathways, providing:

  • Art fundamentals
  • Mentoring
  • College guidance
  • Portfolio development & digital conversions

Each year, dozens of motivated students from Detroit and other underserved areas considering art as a career participate in this outreach program at no cost to the student. Since the program’s inception in 2006, every student who completed ArtBridge has been accepted into college, many with scholarships.

For more information, contact Susan Owens, 248.644.0866 x 128 or


We met MacDowell Preparatory Academy in 2016 – after six years with no visual arts curriculum! We forged a partnership and started with a professional artist/instructor and all materials at no cost to the school or students, for weekly art classes for the 7th and 8th grades. There was also a two-hour weekly after-school program for 6th through 8th grade. Now we are providing the visual arts curriculum for the entire school – K through 8th grades, plus the after-school art club.


ArtAccess outreach programming also strives to provide low-barrier entry to art experiences.


Sunday @ the Center

Focusing on family friendly programming, we offer monthly drop-in workshops for authentic art-making.   This monthly outreach program is led by an artist instructor and supplies all materials to participants at low cost.  Appropriate for all ages but not just for kids! Click here for more details.

These monthly workshops happen Sept.-May.

Seniors @ the Center

Visual art workshops that correspond to this age group, designed to teach a genuine art project each time.  Participants range from individuals to groups from assisted living facilities.  Click here for more details.

These monthly workshops happen Sept.-June.

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IMAGES BY Susan Owens & Gwenn Rosseau