From the Director

Hoping that this newsletter finds you well and having enjoyed your summer with us.  And what a summer it’s been.  We joined the city to ‘rock the dock’ in June and July and put the “festive” in the Waterfront Art Festival with expanded activities for kids and the guys in the early part of August.  We sold Nahma all summer long in the MI Humanities sponsored exhibit, “Selling Nahma” and, along with the kids, survived a four week Safari and a one-week visit from Blackbeard the Pirate.

Now with fall approaching we at the Bonifas are reviewing our goals and objectives for the coming year.  It’s a busy time for us as we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary with our colleagues and affiliate, Players de Noc. Don’t miss our gallery exhibit, “Players in Review: 50 Years On Stage,” or the very special commemorative event “Behind the Scenes: Stories and Secrets” where we set aside an entire evening for reminiscing with actors and technicians as they share some of their most memorable experiences.

With a full slate of exhibits, classes, and upcoming events, we’re excited by the promising future ahead of us.  In the gallery alone we’re hosting “Art Across the Peninsula,” in October, featuring three of the finest artists north of the bridge.  Not to mention the twenty-first annual Northern Exposure exhibit and the always exciting Holiday Arts Fair.


For the kids, we are happy to once again partner with the Escanaba Upper Elementary School through our Fourth Grade Afield program, as well as announce our relationship with Holy Name by bringing our popular Art Scene program to their middle school students.

As proud supporters of the Chamber, the Bonifas stands by the philosophy that good art is good business.  That’s why we are dedicated to promoting local business and their affiliation as Chamber members and looking forward to co-hosting the December Business After Hours.  This past year has brought us state funds via new grants and we have earmarked additional grants submissions for this fall.  Through the generosity of our membership and sponsors we’re able not only to continue supporting our hometown community, but look also to strengthen our regional alliances with artists and arts organizations throughout the Upper Peninsula.

Once again the Bonifas staff and board of trustees thank you for your membership and support and look forward to welcoming you during your next visit to the Arts Center.  Whether it is for a class, a play, or any one of our many exciting exhibits we hope that you will make this a regular stop whenever you come to downtown Escanaba.