CADILLAC – Volunteers who have worked tirelessly on the construction of the Up North Arts Center in Cadillac for the past four years have recently been honored for their efforts.
On Friday, the center hosted Founders Day, which included a groundbreaking ceremony with Cadillac Mayor Carla Filkins, a tour of the centre’s new children’s center and a performance by Irish Northern Lights dancers.
“This is to celebrate four years of hard work by volunteers to reach our goal of establishing a community art center for Cadillac and the surrounding area,” said volunteer Mollie Frier.
The Up North Arts Center, located in the former Naval Reserve Center on Chestnut Street, was established in 2016 to provide a place where the arts can be practiced, displayed and enjoyed by residents and visitors to Northwest Michigan.
Since its inception, UNA has expanded its curriculum offering, which currently includes courses in a number of different art forms, including quilting, origami, machine sewing, jewelry design, pottery and drawing, to name a few.
They also widened the facility’s footprint by renovating several rooms, turning one into a store and the other into a children’s center, which is a room dedicated to arts, crafts and other activities. for kids.
According to the UNA website, “This initial location will serve as visible evidence of our commitment to promoting the arts and cultural enrichment in the greater Cadillac area. Long-term goals will focus on providing a comprehensive community center serving all ages for all art forms.
At the end of September, UNA hosted its Paint the Tiles fundraising event for the second year in a row. This time around, Frier said they managed to raise around $ 2,000 at the event.
“We were so happy that kids and adults from our community came to Paint the Tiles,” Frier told Cadillac News. “Some were new visitors to the art center, which makes us really happy. The fundraiser was a success because we not only welcomed painters, but also received donations from the community.
For more information about the center and all of the programming and resources it offers, visit upnorthartsinc.com.