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​​​​Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation Cultural Arts opportunities include a variety of art-driven events. This spring and summer join us for A2 Community Sing; One of our monthly jams including Acoustic, Blue Grass or Blues; Song writing; Book presentation and signing on the Civil War, Concerts in the Park and a concert hosted at the Ann Arbor Senior Center open to the public.

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Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam

Second and Fourth Sundays monthly, 7-9 p.m.

You're invited to join us on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month, 7 to 9 p.m., for the Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam. A mixed group of men and women, from college students to retirees, from beginners to pros, we play and sing all styles of music together (lots of Beatles, Dylan, Stones, folk and country, and newer stuff like the Lumineers and the Decemberists). All acoustic instruments are welcome, as well as (this is the"mostly" part) electric bass guitars and keyboards. Our limit is 23 people per jam, and the first to sign up on line get in. There's a $5 drop-in fee for jammers. The 4th Sunday jam features an open mic, for solo, duo and trio performers, for the first hour or so. For information, visit www.Meetup.com/Ann-Arbor-Acoustic-Jam/ . If you have questions, send a message to organizer Bill Connors through Meetup.com. Joining the Meetup group is free, and anyone can come and listen for free.​

Bluegrass Jam Meetup

Second and Fourth Tuesdays monthly, 7-9 p.m. Fee: $5​
The A2 Blue Grass participants come from all over southeast Michigan and just have fun with bluegrass jamming and singing. Our skills range from expert to novice. We draw a wide variety of musical instruments including banjos, fiddles, stand up and electronic bass, percussion, washboard, dobro, mandolin and the occasional harmonica. Everyone is welcome, and it is open to all ages. We like to concentrate on the standard bluegrass tunes, with some vocals. A list of some of the music we play is on the music page on our website. For more information, visit www.A2blugrass.com . We meet at the Ann Arbor Senior Center in Burns Park. Feel free to stop by and just listen for no fee, but donations are always appreciated.


Blues Jam and Clinic 

Second Wednesday of the month, 7-9 p.m. Fee: $5
Bring your love of the blues, an instrument, and we’ll do the rest. The jam is open to electric instruments, but acoustic instruments are encouraged as well. We meet on the second Wednesday of the month at the Ann Arbor Senior Center. The drop-in fee is $5, and additional fees for scheduled clinics may apply. For more information visit www.meetup.com/Ann-Arbor-Blues-Society .


Concerts in the Park

Join us on summer Sundays in beautiful Burns Park for free live performances at 3 p.m., just outside of downtown Ann Arbor and U-M Central Campus. Rain location is in the Ann Arbor Senior Center. More information on the summer performances comming soon, please visit the Concerts in the Park website at www.a2gov.org/parkconcerts  for pre-concert entertainment and program details. 2017 Concerts include:


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Motown jazz guitarist John E. Lawrence, Aug. 6.




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Cadillac Cowboys, Aug. 13.


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Playin’ Chicken, Aug. 20


Song Writing

We’ll meet the third Sunday of the month at the Ann Arbor Senior Center in Burns Park from 7-9 p.m. Fee: $5. The song writing group is driven to provide community, education, development and support to those who want to explore writing songs. This group can include those who have never written a song before and are curious, to those who already have a portfolio of songs that they have written. Each month includes an open, moderated workshop where participants discuss fears, ideas, techniques, challenges and best practices. Learn more and sign up to attend at www.meetup.com/Ann-Arbor-Acoustic-Jam. These are two-hour sessions are limited to 16 participants. Bring original completed songs, works in progress, works you are stuck on. Contact Dan French through the website with questions.

The Civil War through the Words of a Soldier- with Author P.C. Zick

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Friday, June 9, 1-2:30 p.m. Fee: $6 Senior Center Member; $8 nonmember Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Cultural Arts Programs hosted at the Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave, in the Gallery Room. This Cultural Arts program will include a presentation and book-signing event by Patricia Camburn Zick (writes under the name of P.C. Zick) who will be joining us from Florida. Her book, "Civil War Journal of a Union Soldier" provides a personal insight to her grandfather's journals and a connection to Michigan. Our event also includes music performed by local Civil War Song writer and artist Matt Jones. Ms. Zick believes in living lightly upon this earth with love, laughter, and passion, and through her writing, she imparts this philosophy in an entertaining manner with an obvious love for her characters, plot, and themes. Her most recent nonfiction endeavor is the publication of her great grandfather's memoir entitled, "Civil War Journal of a Union Soldier".  Ms. Zick will discuss the book and her great grandfather's connection to the Michigan area and to Laura S. Haviland, the great abolitionist and founder of the Raisin Institute, who was one of several who came to see the young soldier off to war at the train station in Adrian. Based on the journals her grandfather kept, the book provides a glimpse into the minutiae of a soldier's life.  Catch a glimpse into the program by watching her you tube trailer: https://youtu.be/GNsZUiyDKIo  . The program begins with a 30 minute Civil War music played by local musician, followed by a presentation by P.C. Zick, a Q & A and concluding with light refreshments, book signing and sales and a little more music. This popular event has limited seating. We encourage you to register early for this program.


Art Receptions

Artist Reception with live music and light refreshments

In an effort to bring art and the community together, the City of Ann Arbor Senior Center hosts several art shows throughout the year in the center located at beautiful Burns Park. We provide a community-
based venue for Ann Arbor artists and art students to show their work in our gallery space. We welcome artists who produce art in a variety of media to share their artwork with not only the senior center participants, but with the general public. Each artist hosts a special evening reception to share their artwork. These artist receptions are
open to the public and often include live music and light refreshments. Suggested donation for attendees is $5.
Architectural and Nature Compositions, Friday, March 10, 6-8 p.m., Artist, Connie Velin.

More artist receptins this spring and summer:

May Arts Celebration, Friday, May 12, 6-8 p.m., Student Art Show, WCC, Life Enrichment class.
My Artistic Journey, Friday, July 14, 6-8 p.m., Artist Cindy Deery.