Thank you!

Thank you so much to the 120 friends and supporters who joined us for our 4th annual Arts for Fall fundraising luncheon, held October 27 at Bluewater Hall. We raised $10,000 to help us fund existing and new programs in our five-county region for children and adults with disabilities. These include Kids on the Block puppet shows, ACCESS GT, our Winter Art Escapes workshops and seasonal dances. Speaker Jenifer Strauss of Stories Be Told gave examples of her students' growth through the universal art of storytelling. Executive director Dayna Ryan and board member Kerri Otto shared A4A’s many accomplishments over the past year, including our name change and new branding, and plans for the upcoming year, such as our Arts for All spring festival. Board member Nick Edson shared a personal Arts for All experience and encouraged guests to join him in supporting our future efforts. A big thanks to our generous sponsors — Rhonda and Michael Estes, Bay Masonry LLC, Twisted Fish...
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Honors for Dayna Ryan

Dayna Ryan, former executive director of Arts for All Northern Michigan, has been named the 2017 recipient of Traverse City's Sara Hardy Humanitarian Award. Ryan was at the helm of Arts for All for two decades. She has also worked with Arc, the Dream Team, ACCESS Ability Volunteer Mentoring Program and NEMO (No One Ever Misses Out). She "has made an immeasurable, positive impact on our community and is especially deserving of the Sara Hardy Humanitarian Award," a city press release said. The award is presented to people who exemplify the city's Human Rights Commission's ideals and awardees are chosen by the Human Rights Commission. Ryan will be presented the award Monday, March 6, at 7 p.m. at the City Commission meeting. A reception will be held at 6 p.m. in the second-floor training room of the Governmental Center....
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Arts For All Names New Executive Director

Arts For All Northern Michigan, an arts and culture nonprofit serving the Grand Traverse region for 20 years, has chosen Grace Hudson as its new executive director. “We are very pleased to announce this appointment,” said board chair Claire Walters. “Grace will bring leadership, creativity and dedication to Arts For All’s programs and a deep sense of commitment to serving people with disabilities in our region. Her experience with special education students will be invaluable to us as we work to expand our programming.” Hudson was hired following a regional search and selection process. Her appointment fills the vacancy created by long-time director Dayna Ryan’s departure in November when she joined Michigan Rehabilitation Services as an employment specialist. Walters noted that the new director previously worked as an educator, focusing her efforts on developing adaptive learning opportunities for students with disabilities. In her spare time, she pursues her passions of photography, dance, drama and fine arts. “Arts For All is a bright spot in our community...
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