Blackbird Arts is a creative force for inclusive arts education and innovative community involvement.



  • All community members have access to high quality arts education – regardless of the barriers of socio-economic status, ability/disability, or geographic location.
  • Art is a vehicle for community involvement/engagement and extends beyond traditional arts boundaries.
  • Collaborative public art projects revitalize streets, neighborhoods and communities.
  • Experts and novices work side-by-side, bringing shared experiences that inspire a creative exchange of ideas across art disciplines and solutions to real-world problems.



Core Values

Education: Arts education is crucial for the development of all children and essential for lifelong learning. Human to human interaction is vital for arts education, extending far beyond skill development.  

Community: The arts foster community engagement, critical thinking, and creative problem solving that addresses community concerns.

Inclusion: We embrace the diversity of artists and understand all members have a voice and creative contributions to share.

Collaboration: partnerships with art and non-art organizations is essential and leads to deeper understanding, acceptance of alternate viewpoints, and exchange of ideas.

Blackbird Arts   |   1485 Barlow Street Traverse City, MI   |   (231)421-8085    |    Drop us a note at info@blackbirdartstc.com.