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Free Family-Friendly Event, Encounter the Arts, Returns October 7th.


Grand Haven, MI (August 28, 2023) – Encounter the Arts, hosted by Central Park Place, returns for its second year on Saturday, October 7, 2023, from 2 pm – 5 pm. As a celebration of Arts and Humanities Month and local Grand Haven artists, this free event will feature numerous family-friendly workshops and performances. Performances will include dance, theater, cardio drumming, and live music. This year, a special kids-only craft area will also be set up on the lower level. Learn more at https://centralparkplacegh.org/encounter-the-arts/.  

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 will start at 5 pm, with short film screenings beginning at 6 pm in the Acacia Theatre.

Sponsorship opportunities for Encounter the Arts are now available. Businesses can participate at one of four different levels or through in-kind donations. Sponsors receive numerous benefits, including social media promotion, advertising in print materials, giveaway participation, special mentions, showcase opportunities, and more. Local businesses that are interested in participating in Encounter the Arts should contact Char at [email protected] or 616.842.2550. 


About Central Park Place

Central Park Place has been a staple in the Grand Haven community for over 50 years. Central Park Place 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, from the Midwest Miniature Museum to the annual Lakeland Artists’ Spring Show. View the space, upcoming events, and more at https://centralparkplacegh.org/.  


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