March in Downtown Ann Arbor is YOUTH ART MONTH (YAM)

Youth Art Month is an annual observance, in March, designed to emphasize the value of art education for all youth. It is an opportunity to connect our community with our youth’s creativity to illustrate the importance of fostering artistry and innovation.

The YAM Open House is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, March 8 at the Ann Arbor Art Center. AA Supt. Dr. Jeanice Swift and Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor will offer remarks at 1:30 p.m. All students are welcome to attend.

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Public Art Installations Downtown

Recycled Curtain

Installation date: March 2nd / Location tbd
Designed by Joy L Zou
Created by students & teachers from the Ann Arbor Public Schools, 1st – 12th grade

Joy L Zou is a first-year Master of Architecture student from the University of Michigan. She is interested in people-engaged participatory installation and investigating social and environmental issues through the process of making and design. RECYCLED CURTAIN addresses the issue of sustainability and reminds the world the enormous amount of waste we are creating is leading to a trash crisis. Students collected coffee paper cups to build this installation. It is spreading the message that small actions can create huge burden to the world and we can make changes by living a sustainable life.

Repurposed Flower Garden Mural

Installation date: March 5 / Location tbd
Designed by Beatrice Miller
Created by students from the Ann Arbor Public Schools, Kindergarten – 5th Grade

Beatrice is a current undergraduate student at the University of Michigan’s Stamps School of Art and Design. She works in a variety of mediums including illustration, ceramics, fibers, and installation. She enjoys working with communities and youth, teaching them about making art and inspiring creativity. This installation brings together a variety of unique colorful flowers made by students from the Ann Arbor Public Schools. The individual flowers come together to create a large garden, showcasing how students can come together as a community to create a work of art. The flowers are made of recycled materials, collected by the students and transformed into a decorative display. Students learned about the importance of reusing and recycling materials through completing this project. The result is a colorful installation that brightens downtown Ann Arbor to welcome spring.

Upcycled Illuminated

Installation date: March 5 / Location Moosejaw (327 S. Main)
Lanterns Designed by Beatrice Miller
Created by students from the Ann Arbor Public Schools, Kindergarten – 5th grade

This installation brightens the skies of downtown Ann Arbor with colorful lanterns made by students at Ann Arbor Schools. The individual lanterns are strung together to create a large display, showcasing how students can come together as a community to create a work of art. The lanterns are made of recycled materials, collected by the students and transformed to create this work. Students learned about the importance of reusing and recycling materials through completing this project. The result is a colorful installation that brightens downtown Ann Arbor by day and illuminates the city at night.

DOWNTOWN LIBRARY WORKSHOPS

Drawing for Kids: Greek Mythical Monsters / March 1, 1 to 2 p.m. / Grade 1-5

Drawing for Adults: Art + Poetry / March 1, 3 – 5:30 p.m.

Open Lab: Die-Cutter & Embosser / March 1, 3 – 5 p.m. / Grade 1 – Adult

Introductory Woodcarving / March 3, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Letterpress Open Lab / March 4, 6 – 8:30 p.m.

Open Lab: Raspberry Pi, Letterpress, Sewing / March 5, 6 – 8 p.m.

Peter and the Wolf with the Academy of Russian Classical Ballet / Saturday March 7, 11 – 11:30 a.m. & Noon – 12:30pm / All Ages

Mermaid Masks / March 10, 2 – 3 p.m. / Grade 2 – 5

Basic Cake Decorating with Keegan Rodgers / March 11, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Wood Lab: Carving Faces / March 12, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Concert | Armenian and Middle Eastern Music with Ara Topouzian / March 12, 7 – 8 p.m.

Making Comics! / March 13, 6 – 8 p.m.

Paper Airplanes and Gliders / March 14, 10 – Noon / Grade 3 – Adult

Drawing for Kids | Celtic Illuminated Letters / March 15, 1 – 2 p.m. / Grade 1-5

FestiFools Workshop: Community Giant Puppet Build / March 15, 1 – 2:30 p.m. / All Ages

Macrame Plant Hanger / March 16, 6:30pm – 8 p.m.

Letterpress Open Lab / March 18, 6 – 8:30 p.m.

3D Lab: Design and Printing / March 19, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Open Mic Night / March 20, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. / Grade 9 – Adult

Bookbinding | Triangle Book / March 20, / 6:30 – 8:30pm

FestiFools Workshop: Make Your Own Puppet / March 22, 1 – 4 p.m. / All Ages

Sewing Lab: Knit Neck Bands / March 23, 7 to 8:30 p.m

FestiFools Workshop: Finish Up Big & Small Puppets / March 29, 1 – 2:30 p.m. / All Ages

Colorful Confetti Coasters / March 30, 2 – 3 p.m. / Grade K – Adult