Art changes the world. Art helps share experiences, change opinions, instill values, and interpret experiences. It expresses and records our memories. We want to inspire and engage the very best of each and every person who crosses our doorstep or participates in one of our programs. Art is what most expresses our humanity. We know that art can be a vehicle to bring our community together, enhance our connections with each other and help us to communicate our many points of view. 

The Bonifas is dedicated to serving our community and making it the best it can be. To achieve that goal we need to know more. Please participate in the short survey at surveymonkey.com. Your answers will help us plan classes, exhibits, and events that engage people and encourage and develop artists. 

I invite you to join us for one of the Bonifas’ new 2019 classes, exhibits, or events. We’re adding several family-friendly events to the calendar – like Mother-Son Dino Date Night and Family Date Nights. We’re also celebrating Yooper culture with Flannel Fest on February 23. Please note the date change and location of the annual Benefit for the Bonifas which will be held on March 16 at the arts center. 

Our classes, designed for people at all skill levels, include learning to alter clothes to fit you better, culinary skills for children, and yoga, which is taking on a new tone—try it out this year! Learn to shoot great natural light portraits (or selfies) with your smartphone or try scratchboard art. There are so many ways you can express yourself! 

This winter, use Bonifas art exhibits to relax and absorb new experiences. Be inspired by new and vibrant artwork from Northern Michigan University students. Be delighted by the art of hundreds of area children. Engage a new perspective from several professional U.P. artists in our April exhibit. We offer insights to adults and promise to have art scavenger hunts for all ages. 

Check your calendars and be sure to include the Bonifas in your winter plans this year. Engage with art – let it enhance and inspire your life! 

Be well, Sue 

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