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Free Family Event, Encounter the Arts, Announces Artist and Performance List


Grand Haven, MI (September 20, 2023) – Central Park Place, the host of Encounter the Arts, announces its 2023 artist and performance lineup. Encounter the Arts is a free event returning for its second year on Saturday, October 7, 2023, from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. As a celebration of Arts and Humanities Month and local Grand Haven artists, this event features family-friendly workshops and performances. This year, performances will include a Community Mural Art Project, a Shakespeare performance, vocals and live music, dance performances, cardio drumming, stage combat, improv experiences, and more. View the full schedule of events at https://centralparkplacegh.org/encounter-the-arts/

A special kids-only activity area, coordinated by Northwest Ottawa Recreation Authority (NORA), will be set up on the lower level. Kids’ craft activities will include face painting, rock painting, balloon animals, and demonstrations by the Lakeshore Taekwondo Academy. 

New exhibits will also be featured this year in Central Park Place’s Atrium Gallery. These will include a presentation by FabLab (https://www.lakeshorefablab.com/), an industrial art piece by Dake Corporation (https://www.dakecorp.com/), an exhibit by the Midwest Miniature Museum (https://www.midwestminiaturesmuseum.com/), Create Your Art Out presented by The Epicenter (https://www.be-the-epicenter.org/), and a magic presentation by The Mystic Prince (https://www.facebook.com/themysticprince).  

To culminate the event, Central Park Place is partnering with Loutit Library (https://www.loutitlibrary.org/) to bring the Manhattan Short Film Festival (https://www.manhattanshort.com/) to Encounter the Arts as a special event finale. A cocktail reception, hosted by local theatre group Central Park Players (https://centralparkplayers.org/),  will start at 5 pm. Short film screenings beginning at 6 pm in the Acacia Theatre. Screenings will last for 2.5 hours, including a brief intermission. Free popcorn will be available for all attendees as well. Learn more about the Manhattan Short Film Festival by visiting https://www.loutitlibrary.org/calendar/#/events/5loQ8dGfgY/instances/6GrAz8Yqiy/

About Central Park Place

Central Park Place has been a staple in the Grand Haven community for over 50 years. This center is a shared space for creativity, curiosity, and connection. It also has a rich history connecting many local individuals and organizations throughout the years. Learn more about its history at https://centralparkplacegh.org/exploring-the-arts-the-history-and-evolution-of-central-park-place/.

Since unveiling a new logo and name last year, Central Park Place has focused its efforts on intentionally engaging within the arts community in Grand Haven and along the Lakeshore. The space often houses a variety of exhibits in its Atrium Gallery. Exhibits include the Midwest Miniature Museum, Lakeland Artists’ Spring Show, and a pop up event with Lakeshore Visual Arts Collaborative. View the space, upcoming events, and more at https://centralparkplacegh.org/.  


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