About the BBAC
Celebrating Art For All Since 1957
The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center (BBAC), founded in 1957, serves Southeast Michigan’s visual arts community by fulfilling its mission “to connect people of all ages and abilities with visual arts education, exhibition, and other creative experiences.” The BBAC’s vision statement is “art for all.”
At the BBAC in in the past year, art mattered to:
- Almost 2,000 adults & youth taking classes
- 1,500 people who viewed exhibits
- More than 300 Alzheimer’s or dementia patients along with their caregivers participating in Meet Me @ the BBAC
- 232 students at the BBAC’s adopted McDowell Middle School in Detroit, experiencing art classes & an after-school art club with a BBAC instructor & weekly programs at no cost to the students or school
- 225 children who enjoyed free art activities at community events
- More than 200 participants in Sundays @ the Center & Seniors @ the Center, low-cost monthly drop-in workshops
- 150 high school students who attended the BBAC’s annual College Day to meet representatives from 12 colleges/universities
- 142 BBAC adult students juried in to the annual student exhibition
- Hundreds of artists who earn a living by teaching &/or selling their work in exhibits &/or the Gallery Shop/Holiday Shop
- 91 Michigan artists juried in to the BBAC’s Michigan Fine Arts Competition
- 66 cognitively challenged adults from human service organizations who attended special art classes
- 54 children in Planet Lori Art Camp, designed for kids who have a parent or close relative with cancer
- 47 high school students who are members of the BBAC’s Teen Arts Board (TAB)
- 14 teens with behavior issues from Children’s Village who attended bi-weekly art workshops
- 10 high school art students from underserved schools who spent the year with free classes, portfolio mentoring & college preparatory guidance
- 7 cognitively challenged adults from Angels’ Place group homes who enjoyed 16 art class sessions & celebrated with 85 friends & family members who attended their 1-night exhibit
- 4 fulltime & 12 part-time staff members
THE BIRMINGHAM BLOOMFIELD ART CENTER – A BRIEF OVERVIEW
The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, founded in 1957, serves the Detroit region’s visual arts community. Our mission is “to connect people of all ages and abilities with visual arts education, exhibition, and other creative experiences.” We do this by offering classes, exhibits, workshops, camps, and events to the public. Our exhibits are always free and open to the public. Also, scholarships are available for adults or youth classes. Nearly 6,000 individuals from Southeast Michigan benefit from art opportunities every year. Whether through art-looking and discussion or learning a new skill in drawing, painting, sculpture, jewelry/metalsmithing, printmaking, ceramics and fiber arts, the BBAC promotes the creative process.
Our support of artists includes not only exhibitions, but also retail space that facilitates partnerships with local artists. Our Gallery Shop, open year-round, hosts over 75 artists. During the month of December, the BBAC hosts the annual Holiday Shop. Participation well exceeds 100 artists throughout the region.
Finally, BBAC outreach programs, ArtAccess, provide authentic art experiences for those with limited access and varied challenges. For example, people with physical limitations due to age; cognitive disabilities; or geographic restrictions are likely program participants.
The BBAC has been place-making for decades. With three generations of artists, students, and art-lovers, our facility is called “home” by many. We are proud of the diverse mix of ages, nationalities, and religions that come from more than 100 Michigan cities. The number and variety of classes, exhibitions, and events also serve regional artists and draw regional audiences.
IMAGES: Eileen Harned Photography; Susan Owens; Gwenn Rosseau
Vision Statement: Art for All
Mission Statement: The BBAC connects people of all ages and abilities with visual arts education, exhibitions, and other creative experiences.
The BBAC is grateful to the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs for their support.