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Creating art and design

By ARIELLE BREEN, Staff Writer
Students at Mid Michigan Community College interested in art and becoming involved in extra curricular activities should look no further. The Art Club of MMCC is a new club that has only been active for a few months. It focuses on artistic appreciation and inspiring creativity for those pursuing art-related careers.Club member and president Danae Berry of Gladwin discussed the club’s events and plans.

“The club has only been active for a couple of months and we have not had many opportunities to reach out to the community,” said Berry. “We are talking about speaking with local artists to do workshops with art students to not only teach students, but also provide exposure for the artists leading the workshops. Other (more) exciting community involvement activities have been discussed, but we have a couple of events currently under way that are more devoted to providing helpful tools and skills to students, here, at MMCC.”

The club has around 10 members on its mailing list, but more receive updates and are interested. Berry said she hopes to see more involvement and enthusiasm in the future, when the club is more established. Regular meetings are currently not set.

“The club is planning a trip to Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, MI, in April,” said Pat Block, one of the Art Club’s three advisors. “Other activities that the club has discussed are trips to museums, art studios, design firms, guest artist workshops, ArtPrize, snow sculpture competition in Frankenmuth, and participating in ArtWalk Central this August in Mt. Pleasant.”

Club members must be current full- or part-time MMCC students in good standing.  MMCC alumni and guests may attend meetings and group activities, but must pay their own way if the club is paying for members to attend an event or dinner.

“(The Art & Design Club) encompasses not only those who are involved in the visual arts, but those who are also in any area of design, fashion, print, web, et al,” said Berry. “We don’t want to limit involvement to any one type of visual art, because more passions and interests means more avenues to explore and that is, essentially, what we are about — exploring.”

For more information or to get on the mailing list, contact Danae Berry at danae_mychel@hotmail.com or advisor Pat Block at pblock@midmich.edu.

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