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.”

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About the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center

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.

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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.

Click here for the DataArts report on the BBAC’s last three fiscal years.