Kids Create After-School ~ Thursdays ~ Till 5:15 pm

Starting April 4 ~ Ages 6 – 9 ~ limited to 10

Kids Create After School is our newest children’s arts program for children 6 – 9 years old. Join Ms Michelle for a six week program of “All Things Under the Sun” that will guide our art projects. We will be: Creating Canvas Collages, Making Books, Container Suncatchers, Tissue Paper Balloon Bowls and doing some interpretive Dancing. We will begin each week with a story and a snack before we Delve into our art project. We ask that you please Pre-register your child so that we have your current contact information, but drop ins are welcome. . .if there is room. There is only room for 10 students, so don’t procrastinate!

Cost:

All Sessions $75 / non-members $85
Drop ins $25 / non-members $17 Price includes adult escort from school to the OAB and a snack

Register Here

Mark Lavengood Band ~ May 31 at 8 pm

The Leelanau Community Cultural Center will host the performance of the Mark Lavengood Band at the Old Art Building in Leland on May 31 at 8:00 pm.  Lavengood will be joined by Justin Wierenga on Guitars, Justin Avdek on bass, and Dutcher Snedeker on Keys.  With his resonant energy and sparkling smile, Lavengood a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, is sure to bring the house to their dancing feet!  Tickets for this concert are $15/non members $17 and are available at MyNorthTickets.com or call 231-256-2131.

Mark Lavengood is a walking, talking ray of sunshine. A talented multi-instrumentalist, Lavengood specializes in dobro & steel guitar, both of which he’s played for over a decade. He is also well-versed in guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, drums, and a variety of percussion instruments. In 2012, Mark was named winner of the acclaimed Rockygrass Dobro Competition hosted at Planet Bluegrass’ headquarters in Lyons, CO. Lavengood toured world-wide for 7 years with the award-winning Michigan-now-Nashville-based Americana outfit Lindsay Lou (formerly, & the Flatbellys). He’s also shared the stage performing with or sitting in with Seth Bernard, Amy Helm, the Infamous Stringdusters, Greensky Bluegrass, Billy Strings, Johnny Irion, Gregory Stovetop, and Trout Steak Revival, amongst others. At each stop along the way, Mark’s positivity and genuine warmth is an immediate captivator.

Joining Lavengood are Justin Wierenga, Justin Avdek and Dutcher Snedeker

Justin Wierenga is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, band leader and session musician with a primary focus in guitar and bass. He is also experienced with pedal steel, lap steel, mandolin, keyboard and percussion. After playing professionally for over a decade in many styles of music, Wierenga has forged a unique, singular voice for himself on the guitar.

Justin Avdek is a West Michigan bass player with years of experience performing with a variety of Michigan acts. While he can often be seen on bass guitar and upright bass, you can find Avdek providing backing vocals as well as playing guitar.

Dutcher Snedeker is a Grand Rapids pianist with a long history of performance. Coming from a musical family, he has grown up surrounded by different music styles that continue to inspire his multi-faceted interest in music.

“Leland Air” Exhibition & Sale–Saturday May 25 from 6 ~ 7:30 pm

New in 2019 ~ Exhibit extended to Sunday!

This one-day Plein Air Painting Event and Exhibit, hosted by the Leelanau Community Cultural Center at the Old Art Building, will be held Saturday, May 25, 2019.  The public can view artists painting “LIVE” from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, in and around picturesque Leland capturing images of historic Fishtown, views of orchards and vineyards, spectacular terrain, and beautiful beaches.

The public is invited to the reception and sale of paintings “fresh off the easel” from 6 to 7:30 pm at the Old Art Building in Leland.  40% of art sales will be donated to the Old Art Building.  Prizes for best of show and people’s choice will be awarded.

NEW THIS YEAR!  The exhibit will continue through Sunday May 26th from 11 am – 4 pm

Tickets for this Opening event are $10 available at mynorthtickets.com, the Old Art Building or at the door.

ARTISTS INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING IN THIS EVENT may click the link below, call the office at 231-256-2131 or email linda@oldartbuilding.com.

2019 Visiting Artist ~ Seth Bernard

The Leelanau Community Cultural Center is proud to announce the 2019 Visiting Artist (formerly the Artist in Residence). Chosen for this year is singer/songwriter Seth Bernard. Seth will be join by fellow musicians on June 22 to help us celebrate our full day of the Summer Solstice Celebration with a Summer Solstice Concert. He will also offer two sessions titled Intergenerational Songwriting. A class for all ages, multi-family members and individuals are invited to experience the joy of songwriting. Each session will end with the song written by the group.

Born and raised on Earthwork Farm in rural Northern Michigan, Seth Bernard was brought up in the folk and farmstead culture with an enriching integrative experience of the arts, agriculture, and community. In 2001, Seth founded Earthwork Music, a renowned Michigan-based collective of successful independent musicians who focus their efforts on environmental advocacy, social justice, creative empowerment and community building.

Seth has traveled the world and blanketed the US as a magnetic performer and uplifting cultural worker and is equally at home fronting a large electrified ensemble as he is holding a crowd with nothing but an acoustic guitar. Seth has served as the Director of the Musical Ambassador Program for On the Ground where he helped cultivate partnerships and cultural exchanges between communities in southern Mexico, Ethiopia and eastern Congo and communities in Michigan with a focus on solidarity and creative collaboration.

Seth “Eggs” Bernard is a NMEAC Environmentalist of the Year Award winner for Arts Education and has worked with SEEDS and On Stage for Kids bringing nature-based experiential creative empowerment to young people across the Great Lakes region and beyond.

In early 2018, Bernard launched the Clean Water Campaign for Michigan, a social movement using storytelling and music to amplify the groundswell of support for water issues.

Seth is a prolific songwriter and recording artist with 12 solo albums and a dozen more collaborative projects in his catalogue. He’s won 8 Jammie awards as a recording artist and producer, and has been a longtime iconic leader and steward of Michigan’s music community. His newest work, “Eggtones”, is a four album series released over the last 2 years to critical acclaim. 

“I know that the future of music is in good hands with people like Seth around to be its caretaker. More importantly, I know the future of our world is in good hands.”

-Greg Brown, Folk Legend

“This music not only swings, rocks, and grooves–it matters. It’s the voice of a real community, with a sound and a message the world needs to hear.”

-Bill McKibben, Author, environmentalist, journalist

“The argument for the most influential human in the Michigan music uprising of the past decade may begin and end with one Seth Bernard.”                                                         

 -Jack Clark, Red House Concerts

Old Art Building Captures the Sun:

All Points North Foundation Awards Solar Grant to LCCC

Leland, MI- The Leelanau Community Cultural Center (LCCC) has been awarded a $60,000 grant to install a 20 kW rooftop solar system on the Old Art Building. The solar panels will produce electricity equal to, or above, the building’s current annual usage.  Funding for the project is from All Points North Foundation, a private family foundation dedicated to supporting programs that promote solar energy awareness, education, training and hands-on application of solar as a practical and cost-efficient energy source. Peninsula Solar, LLC, of Leelanau County and Marquette, will do the installation in the spring.

“The Leland community cares about the quality of the environment,” said Dan Lisuk, Board President of the Leelanau Community Cultural Center, in explaining the reason they sought a solar power at the Old Art Building.  “As an organization, we continually try to reflect community standards, and this region places a high premium on the quality of life, including a vibrant cultural scene and clean, beautiful and natural surroundings.” 

Students in the science classes at Leland Public School will incorporate the solar project into their learning.  Jenifer Zywicki, 8th grade science teacher says, “I am continuously looking for connections between my classroom and the ‘real world’.  It is exciting to be able to partner with a local organization. This collaboration will allow our students to interact with the process to see the benefits and challenges of solar energy along the way.”

“We have a dual mission, promoting projects that increase solar energy awareness, and also improving public middle school education,” said Laura Staich, Executive Director, All Points North Foundation. “This project combines both, and reflects our vision of striving toward a better future for our planet and our children.”

Becky Ross, LCCC Executive Director asks everyone “to mark your calendars for our Solar Celebration on June 22nd! We’ll have an energetic concert featuring singer songwriter Seth Bernard, science projects created by the students, solar art and more…”

For over 96 years the Old Art Building has been both a touchstone and a welcome home sign for the residents and visitors of Leland, Michigan to enjoy a variety of over 600 programs focused on education, arts and culture. Today, the building is known as one of the oldest, continuous art centers in the state, where young and old can come together and learn how to dance, paint or see a world class concert.

Since becoming a nonprofit in 1992, the LCCC has been administering these cultural programs and working to maintain the Old Art Building. In addition to providing a clean energy source, the new power system will help mitigate the rising cost of energy. A monitoring display unit on the outside of the building will provide the public with real time information on energy consumption and savings. The LCCC will coordinate on-site visits for both private and public area schools. In addition, LCCC will highlight the benefits of solar energy through lectures and tours of the building and will produce a flyer for the 16,000 visitors who come through the doors every year.

While the primary mission of the LCCC is to promote cultural enrichment programs and events, and provide a gathering place for the community, the new PV solar system helps to ensure that the building will continue to be a significant part of Leelanau history for years to come.

Leland Little Birds ~ Music with Miriam Pico

April 12, 19, & 26 May 10, 17, & 26
Drop in: $10 for 1st child, $5 for additional.
9:30 – 10:30 am

Little Bird School of Song is where children (ages 0 to 5) and adults can sing, dance, be silly, and play provided instruments together – all while incorporating educational elements of music theory, Spanish, and empowered individual creativity! During the weekly one-hour sessions, you and your child will be invited to participate in community with a varied mix of original and traditional songs. The focus is on having fun, promoting positive messages of peace and self-acceptance and fostering the joy of being mindfully “in the moment” with the people you love.

Shall We Dance? Social Partner Dancing ~ Mykl Werth ~ Spring 2019

Shall we Dance?

myklDo you like to dance, make new friends, and stay active? Mykl makes it easy and fun. No worries if you have never taken a dance class before. Bring your friends and join us! For singles, partners will be provided. Swing and twirl to the music and join us at the Old Art Building on Tuesday Nights from 7-9, for a good time!
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Social Partner Dancing

Instructor: Mykl Werth

Classes: Tuesday from 7-9 pm,
April 23, 20, May 7, 21, 28 & June 4
Location: Old Art Building, Leland
Bring: Easy to glide shoes
Contact: 231-499-9793
myklwerth@gmail.com
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Price: $96 per couple; $48 per individual
Walk-in: $20/couple, $10/person

Gift Ideas ~ Art Leelanau Prints, David Grath Print, Glenn Wolff Posters, Open Studio Cards

2018 Merry MarketPlace ~ December 1, 10 am – 4 pm

treeThe Leelanau Community Cultural Center invites you to attend the 2018 Merry MarketPlace.  This annual Art & Craft Show at the Old Art Building, will take place on Saturday, December 1 from 10 am to 4 pm.  Each year the artists gather on the 1st Saturday in December to share their artwork for unique holiday gifts and holiday decor.

This year you will see many of your favorite artists and we’ll introduce you to a few new ones —- making for a good mix of holiday finds.  This year’s show will feature 18 local artisans with, jewelry, willow furniture, pottery, specialty foods, candles, herbal and soaps and lotions, cards, clothing for children, hand knit items and much more.

Join us for complimentary cookies and coffee and a delightful holiday market!

This event is sponsored by the Leelanau Community Cultural Center. For more information please call 231-256-2131.