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Art Hops

Date: Designated Friday Evening in Spring, Summer, Winter & Fall
Location: Arts District
Admission: FREE

Every four months, the businesses in the Benton Harbor Arts District choose a Friday to host an Art Hop. It’s a family-friendly evening filled with an entertaining mix of art, music, dance, theater, culinary arts and more. Come check out the multiple venues along the walkable Arts District streets. Meet your neighbors, talk with business owners and see impressive art. These popular events truly connect people with NTAA’s belief that “Art Builds Community.”

Upcoming Art Hops
Summer Art Hop: June 16, 2017
Fall Art Hop: October 20, 2017
Holiday Art Hop: December 8, 2017

Harbor Market

Date: Open Every Friday 10am - 5pm (During the Summer)
Location: Dwight Pete Mitchell City Center Park

Harbor Market is an all local Farmer, Artisan and Vendor Market for the community of Benton Harbor, Michigan.

Concerts & Music

Open Stage

Open StageDate: First Monday of the Month at 7:00pm
Location: The Livery

There’s so much talent in our area. On the first Monday of the month the NTAA showcases rising stars and regional favorites on this popular craft brewer’s stage with live performances by local musicians, poets and storytellers. It’s a chance for these gifted individuals to perform before an appreciative audience and draw inspiration from each other. A rotation of special hosts: Venita Sikema, Mike Koch, Charlene Jones and Paul Mow, keep each show’s content rich, varied and lively. Paired with The Livery’s professional sound and lighting system, Open Stage is one of the best free, monthly events in the area!


Gene Harris Coming Home Coming Together Concert

Coming Home Coming Together ConcertDate: June 25, 2017
Location: Dwight Pete Mitchell City Center Park

The concert is named in honor of Gene Harris. A hometown talent who went on to become a shining star, Gene was pleased to come back and give back to the community. The community he truly loved. A city he was proud to call home.

Artoberfest

ArtoberfestDate: September 16, 2017
Location: Corner of 5th and Park Streets

The popular New Territory Arts Association’s (NTAA) street celebration, the 11th Annual Artoberfest, is adding the international phenomenon, PechaKucha Night, to its lineup of art, live music, food, craft brews and wines. This rain-or-shine family event is Sept. 16, noon to 11 p.m., in the Benton Harbor Arts District at the corner 5th and Park Streets near The Livery Microbrewery.

“We are thrilled that the PechaKucha Night – St. Joseph/Benton Harbor organizers are partnering with us this year,” said Ken Ankli, NTAA president. “Artoberfest is NTAA’s principal fundraiser to support arts programs, scholarships and projects in the Benton Harbor Arts District. Adding these highly entertaining talks to our lineup of bands and artists will make this one of Southwest Michigan’s premier showcases for creative talent. Come early and stay ‘til the last PechaKucha presentation. You’ll enjoy every minute.”

Admission to the festival grounds is free from noon to 4 p.m. (a donation of $5 is suggested). After 4 p.m., adult admission is $5 each; under 21 years old are free.

Ankli said that this is a great time to try the liquid and culinary art of local craft beers, wines and pizza from The Livery. Or savor palate-pleasing creations from Baja Gringo Taco Truck, Larks BBQ Truck and Dialo’s Café Catering specializing in soul food and BBQ.

Lead Artoberfest sponsors are The Schalon Foundation, Silver Beach Pizza, Bread+Bar by Bit of Swiss, The Livery Microbrewery, Krasl Art Center, Holt Bosse and PechaKucha Night-St. Joseph/Benton Harbor. Additional support comes from 3 Pillars Music, Pier Realty, ARS Gallery, Brooks Architectural, Chemical Bank, Edgewater Bank, Greenspan Construction, Jimmy Johns, North Pier Brewing, Oak Room, Passaro & Kahne, Pier 1000, Prairie Real Estate, Quarternote Lofts, Re-Imagine, Kruggel Lawton, Southwest Michigan Brew Tours, Thayer Inc., Third Coast Surf Shop, Vail Rubber and Vincent Lofts.

Artoberfest activities include:

Noon- 11 p.m.: Up to 20 booths will display regional artists’ glasswork, paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry, fiber and repurposed art. Art enthusiasts are encouraged to explore the local galleries and studios in the district, too.

1 p.m.-8 p.m.: The Artoberfest Main Stage will offer a variety of musical entertainment.

1 p.m.: Campfire Stu. This is singer-songwriter Mike Struwin’s new venture which combines his passion for storytelling and music in a multimedia show that will engage the entire family.

2:30 p.m.: The Backups. This trio of local music powerhouses recently debuted their three-part harmonies in Benton Harbor with a mix of popular covers as well as original works. Members include Morgan Ingle of Slim Gypsy Baggage, Leslie Sypian of the The Sypian Family Band and Meredith Best George from The Livery.

4 p.m.: Midwestern Lull. This Chicago based group will bring its Americana/roots rock/alt-country music to the stage. Fans of Neil Young and The Band will definitely enjoy the play list.

6 p.m.: The Chuck Jagers. This homegrown, Benton Harbor band will perform its take on covers and originals. Their music style ranges from The Pixies to Pink Floyd.

PechaKucha8:30 p.m.: PechaKucha Night at Artoberfest will present a series of talks designed to elicit laughter, tears and pondering. Eleven talented locals will share their passions using 20 slides, each automatically shown for 20 seconds. The slides will be projected on a large outdoor screen hung from The Livery. Limited seating will be set up on The Livery open space, but Ankli encourages showgoers to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Entrance to PechaKucha Night is $5 for anyone 21 years and older. The presentation lineup will feature:

Tom Hurst — “Family Boatbuilding, Getting Kids on the Water with Their Own Hands”
Jennifer Zona — “Entangled-Up-Cycled Weavings”
Julee Laurent — “An Intrigue of Kittens”
Maggie Galloway — “Art Grief Therapy”
Lakeshore Robotics Team — “Robotics Competition”
Scott Gane — “I Could Have Been a Mother”
Kim Jorgensen Gane — “Mother Ffffeminist”
Meagan Francis — “I Swiped Right for Your Dog: Adventures in Dating Apps”
Loon Mabians — “Brace, Open, Laugh. My Story on Stand-Up”
Simon Rusk — “Craft Life”
Jerry Price — “Wait! I Have Something to Say”

Updates about Artoberfest and other Arts District events are available at ntaa210@gmail.com or by visiting the New Territory Arts Association on Facebook

Volunteer

Please Volunteer and Keep the Arts Thriving in Benton Harbor NTAA is a 100% volunteer-based organization. We run on borrowed time from men and women that believe change is possible through the arts. Individuals who understand that a little help goes a long way. Whether you would like to help shape our marketing efforts, work on events, collaborate with other art groups or help around the office, we would love to have you join us. Let’s get together soon to talk about your interests.

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