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Charlevoix Cultural Organizations Create New Corridor
June 19, 2017– Charlevoix, Michigan – Three organizations in downtown Charlevoix have created a new area designated as the Charlevoix Cultural Corridor. The Charlevoix Public Library, Charlevoix Circle of Arts and Charlevoix Historical Society Museum have long been centers of cultural programming in the city, each offering distinct, yet complementary exhibits, events and programs to the general public as well as their members. With the creation of The Cultural Corridor, the three organizations are connecting their visions with a common goal of becoming a central destination for cultural activity in Charlevoix. Throughout the year, the organizations will collaborate on combined events or themes in hopes of providing visitors and locals with bountiful cultural experiences.
“We wanted to work together to bring more awareness to the cultural offerings in Charlevoix,” said Linda Adams, director of the Charlevoix Public Library. “One of our goals at the library is to be a community connector, a place where people and organizations can connect with the information, people and organizations that will help them thrive. This new collaboration will hopefully do that by introducing more Charlevoix residents and visitors to the programs we all offer.”
The Cultural Corridor extends along Clinton Street, where the library and arts center are located, and also includes State Street, where the historical society is situated. The organizations began discussing the idea many months ago, as they each sought ways to highlight the cultural offerings in this part of downtown Charlevoix—an area that may sometimes be overlooked by visitors who stick to the main thoroughfare of Bridge Street. The designation was approved by City Council this past winter and the organizations are planning to kick off the new collaboration this summer.
The first combined event will be the Cultural Corridor Launch Party, held on Wednesday, July 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. All three organizations will host open houses during this time frame; the event begins with a jazz concert by Pine River Jazz on the lawn of Circle of Arts from 5 to 6 p.m. Visitors to Circle of Arts may also wish to view the Society of Animal Artists Exhibit in the main gallery.
All evening, the Historical Society will be open as well, showcasing its exhibit The Working World, Business and Industry in Charlevoix. The exhibit includes fascinating artifacts, photos and stories from Charlevoix businesses over the years, and shares the impact they have had on the city, state and county. Author, David Miles will be signing his book, Charlevoix the Beautiful: The City of Three Lakes throughout the evening.
Art docent tours will take place at the Charlevoix Public Library from 5:30 -7 p.m. and will showcase some works in their permanent art collection. From 6-7 p.m. the library will host an ice cream float social, and from 7-8 p.m. will kick-off the Jazz at the Library Concert Series, which takes place in the children’s garden.
Gail DeMeyere, executive director of Charlevoix Circle of Arts said, “In a short period of time, working as a combined force on the initial Cultural Corridor projects has revealed that working in tandem brings each organization to a higher level. Not only are we going to be able to bring fresh concepts to the community with blended Cultural Corridor projects exploring arts and culture, but we also are able to support each organization’s independent programming with our unique expertise.”
For more information about the Cultural Corridor or the Launch Party on July 5, contact the Charlevoix Public Library at 231-547-2651; the Charlevoix Historical Society at 231-547-0373; or Charlevoix Circle of Arts at 231-547-3554.