Ludington Area Center for the Arts
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The Ludington Area Center for the Arts (LACA) is the gathering place for community expression through arts and cultural experiences. Since opening in September 2008, LACA has proven to be a valuable asset to the Ludington area.
Throughout the year, the Center hosts exhibitions, performances, and educational programs in music, the visual arts, literature, and more. Click here for a complete list of performances.
The facility includes a 250-seat performance hall; the venue is handicap accessible with a stair climber lift. The gallery and exhibition space which doubles as a banquet hall are located on the main floor. Art studios and classrooms are found on the lower and upper levels of the facility.
The Main Gallery of the Ludington Area Center for the Arts is host to several exhibitions throughout the year. In addition, a more intimate Gallery space is located in the Performance Hall Lobby area. Click here for the current exhibitions. All exhibitions are free and open to the public. Receptions for exhibiting artists are usually scheduled for the first Friday of the month from 5-7pm in accordance with the downtown Ludington First Fridays Art Walks.
Activities & Programs at LACA
Ludington Writers offer monthly writing and critique groups. The West Side Gang Writers Group meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays to discuss works in progress; Third Tuesdays are devoted to sharing work that is inspiring. The group also sponsors writing workshops.
Visual Arts Critique Group includes two separate groups, one meeting in the morning, the second in the evening. The morning group meets the third Friday at 11am. The evening group meets the fourth Monday from 7-8:30pm.
There is also a Shakespeare Reading Group meeting from 7-9pm the second Thursday of the month and is open to students and adults alike. Lakeside Civic Players stage occasional productions during the year and West Shore Community College schedules some of their productions at LACA.
Pickin' in the Courtyard jam sessions are held during the summer months over the lunch hour (11am-1pm) in the courtyard behind the LACA. All musicians are welcome to join in and music lovers are invited to bring a blanket or lawn chair and a sack lunch. This "music jam" group continues through the cold weather months inside the spacious LACA gallery area and is open to all area musicians on a drop-in basis. An Acoustic Jam is held Wednesday evenings (6pm-8:30pm), in the Gallery space and is open to all interested musicians.
The arts and crafts studio offers a bright and airy space in which to learn a new skill or improve on one and is the site for various workshops throughout the year. Other workshops are held in the Main Gallery. For a schedule of current workshops, click here. In addition, there are regular classes in Feldenkrais, as well as occasional classes in yoga, exercise and various forms of dance. Several types of classes are offered through West Shore Community College's Business and Community Education Program.
For kids, Workshop Wednesdays is a series of fun arts and crafts classes for ages 9 and up offered during the school year. The free program is held after school on Wednesdays; sponsors and donations are appreciated. West Michigan Junior Strings also offers a beginning/intermediate program at LACA.
Breakwall Arts is a group of youth from the Mason County Area who are striving to create opportunities and programs for youth in this area. The group meets Tuesdays to organize activities to give more places for kids/teens to express themselves.
Arts & Crafts Fairs
The Ludington Area Center for the Arts manages the West Shore Art Fair held in Ludington's Rotary Park. The fair which is held annually on the first full weekend in July, will be Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8 in 2018. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the prestigious fine art fair. The fair is a juried fine arts and crafts event...which means a more stringent criteria is used and only the highest-quality artists are admitted. Juried artists are chosen to display paintings, photography, jewelry, clay, glass, fiber and wood, and many other varieties of fine art. Each year, there are over 100 artists accepted to participate in the show. In addition to the artists, the fair features live musical performances, food stations and a children's area where children can purchase art donated by participating artists for just $5.
Two non-juried arts and crafts fair are also held annually. These indoor shows feature artist and crafter participants located on different levels of the arts center. The Maritime Magic Arts/Crafts Show is held the first Saturday of June (June 2, 2018). The Ludington Arts Center Holiday Crafts Show is held the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend (November 24, 2018) coordinating with downtown Ludington activities for Small Business Saturday and the annual Aglow on the Avenue Parade.
Ludrock Events at LACA
A spring event is "Live at the LACA: Girls Rock." The event celebrates women through musical performance and spoken word. Local female musicians, singers and artists of all ages perform live at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts performance hall. For more information on Girls Rock, visit our story here.
Every year around Halloween, the Ludrock group hosts its annual Night of Fright at the Ludington Area Center for the Arts, which is a frighteningly fun fundraising effort for the Center's Performance Hall. For more information on Night of Fright, visit our story here.
History of the Ludington Area Center for the Arts
Organized and incorporated in February 2004, the Ludington Area Arts Council purchased the former United Methodist Church in downtown Ludington in September 2008. The Gothic-style structure built in 1894 has experienced significant upgrades since the Arts Center took possession and further improvements are planned. The five-phase renovation plan for the 116-year old building is an ambitious project, as the Arts Center wants to maintain the historic integrity of the structure.
For more information, contact:
Ludington Area Center for the Arts
107 S. Harrison
Ludington, MI 49431
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