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Passport program on for third summer

May 20, 2011
The Alpena News

Looking for fun and enriching summer experiences? Searching for that perfect "cheap date?"

Look no further than the 2011 Passport to the Arts Program. The Passport Program will run from Memorial Day to Labor Day and will include a variety of visual and performing arts and cultural events.

Passport to the Arts is a summer program highlighting the creative community and the rich, diverse array of arts and cultural events, activities, galleries, shops, and businesses in Alpena, Northeast and Lower Michigan.

Immerse yourself in painting or craft, meet an artist, attend a concert, or visit a museum. Take advantage of all that the region offers in the arts, culture, history and humanities.

Passport emerged through conversations with Dr. Julie Avery from MSU Museum during her visit to Alpena where she emphasized the importance of collaboration in marketing the region as a creative community. Through those discussions, "Passport to the Arts" was conceived and initiated with the hope that the Passport would bring together the many arts, culture, history, and humanities organizations in the region, to be joined by related businesses, in a collective, annual summer-long marketing project.

Grab a friend or go it alone, but visit any 10 events on the Passport calendar in order to win a grand prize. If you get more stamps than anyone else participating, you're eligible for another prize.

This year's grand prize is a trip to the ArtPrize in Grand Rapids.

Log on to to plan your summer arts and culture adventure. Support your inner artisan, support local artists, and support the local economy by immersing yourself in the Passport to the Arts Program all summer long.

Passports must be received by Sept. 10 in order to be eligible for the drawings. The winning passport will be drawn on Sept. 16.


ARTown (Michigan Arts and Culture Northeast) is a collaboration of four predominant arts and cultural leaders in Northeast Michigan: Art in the Loft, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Thunder Bay Arts Council and Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan.

This year's Passport efforts were also largely supported by the Michigan Municipal League, Alpena County Library, City of Alpena and NEMCOG (Northeast Michigan Community of Governments).

To be eligible for prize drawings, passports must include one stamp from each of the host organizations and six additional stamps from any event or organization of your choosing listed in the ARTown Events Calendar during the period from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Once you have obtained the required stamps, fill in the personal information and drop off or mail your stamp sheet to to MACNE, 127 W.Chisholm, Alpena, MI 49707.

Have a fun-filled arts and culture summer in Northeast Michigan.



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