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artBLAST, a summer arts celebration at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center (BBAC), takes place July 3. The event – with entertaining art adventures for all ages, a chuck wagon supper, a petting zoo, and live music by the Twistin’ Tarantulas – is capped off by the City of
Birmingham’s annual fireworks.
Returning as artBLAST’s signature sponsor is the TriMas Corporation. “TriMas is very proud to be the signature sponsor of artBLAST again,” said Grant Beard, president and CEO of TriMas Corporation, in a statement. “The artBLAST program is designed to provide families with a great opportunity to share time together in a creative environment. Attendees will become active participants, not just observers at this special event. TriMas is committed to helping our communities by continually supporting innovative and educational programs such as artBLAST.”
All the evening’s fun from create-and-take art projects to supper and entertainment are included in one ticket. Kids of all ages will make art of bandanas, leather bracelets and metal tooling under the supervision and instruction of BBAC faculty. The chuck wagon supper features chicken & ribs, baked beans, corn-on-the-cob and a pie-stand. The Twistin’ Tarantulas are a beloved rock-a-billy band with a touch of Western swing.
The annual City of Birmingham fireworks take place at approximately 10 p.m., adjacent to the BBAC at the Lincoln Hills Golf Course.
The BBAC also offers patrons a way to wind down after the pyrotechnics (and avoid traffic back ups) at afterBLAST with munchies and nostalgic videos for the entire family. All artBLAST tickets include admission to afterBLAST.
Since its inception in 2003, artBLAST, formerly known as Summer Solstice, has raised close to $400,000 for the BBAC. Proceeds benefit educational and community programming. Additional 2008 corporate sponsors include Caesars Windsor; Comerica; The Law Firm of Deneweth, Dugan & Parfitt; Fifth Third Bank; Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn; Snethkamp Chrysler Jeep; and others.
The all-inclusive artBLAST tickets are specially priced at $125 for a family (two adults and up to two children), $50 for an adult, and $30 for seniors and children under 16. Special artBLAST Patron Tickets are $300 and limited in quantity. Patrons receive four tickets to the event (two adults and two children) on-site parking, complimentary drink tickets and a souvenir (artBLAST) lawn blanket.
On July 3, the center opens for artBLAST ticket holders at 7 p.m. The BBAC is located at 1516 S. Cranbrook, Birmingham, 48009 between 14 and 15 Mile Roads.
To purchase tickets, please visit the BBAC Web site, http://www.BBArtCenter.org or call the BBAC at 248-644-0866. There is free parking at Groves & Seaholm High School with complimentary SMART shuttle service for ticketed patrons. The events at the center take place rain or shine on July 3 regardless of rescheduled fireworks.