programs_1The arts are more than a source of entertainment and pleasure; they are an exceptionally powerful tool for learning, as well. Studies show that music improves mathematical abilities. Dance enhances spatial awareness and motor skills. Drama promotes communication and provides emotional release. The visual arts encourage decision-making and nurture sensitivity, while creative writing increases verbal skills and engages imaginative effort.

ACCESS Grand Traverse: This monthly social-cultural program is for people of all abilities to access community art and cultural activities in the Grand Traverse region.

  • Pre-registration is required
  • Supervision is provided
  • Independence with personal health care and bathroom needs is requiredDrama icon no background
  • Cost varies
  • Make sure we have a signed registration release.

PercussionArt Escapes workshops:  The Arts for All Art Escapes program is a school-based art workshop series held in local special education classrooms aimed at enhancing classroom goals through art, music, dance, and drama. The six- to eight-week workshops are typically held in local school districts.

In each classroom where Arts for All artists are working, the students do not receive regular ongoing art instruction. Arts for All artists provided adapted instruction in visual art, pottery, creative movement, dance and drama.

You can keep up with all the latest Art Escapes Photos HERE!

Check out our expanded Art Escape Programs, developed in part and generously funded by the Youth Advisory Council:

Aikido – The Peaceful Martial Art – Register for Aikido in Leelanau!

Seasonal Community Dances: These fun dances are for teens and adults with disabilities and are typically held around Halloween, Christmas/New Year’s, Valentine’s Day and in the spring. We party at the Elk’s Lodge, 625 Bay St., Traverse City. The $5 admission covers snacks and music. Dances are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.


January 11th – New Years Dance

February 15th – Sweetheart Dance

April 12th – Spring Dance

July 12th – Summer Dance

October 25th – Halloween Dance

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See pictures of our events and programs in our photo gallery.