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April 6, 2013

Traverse City art nonprofit launches survey

TRAVERSE CITY — Artcenter Traverse City is holding an online survey to gauge community interest in visual art, and the impact of art on the Grand Traverse region.

The nonprofit, which promotes art through education, displays and exhibitions, and the support of local artists, is looking to improve its programming and possibly acquire a new art center facility in northwest lower Michigan.

“The visual arts are not as well understood in the community as the performing arts,” Artcenter President David Lawrence said. “All things that are designated as cultural have an impact on society. The arts — music, dance, performances, visual arts — are all part of that spectrum.”

The Artcenter’s one full-time employee works out of an office in downtown Traverse City. The group hosts art events at venues like the Traverse Area District Library and Northwestern Michigan College, where an outdoor art fair is scheduled for July 27.

The survey contains two parts, one for local artists and the other for community members. Lawrence hopes to garner at least 1,000 responses.

Data collected from the survey also will be included in a nationwide study on the economic and cultural impact of art in communities.

A grant from the Rotary Charities of Traverse City funded the survey.

Visit www.bit.ly/CMSurvey_TC to complete the survey, which is available through May.

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