It is the mission of Studio 23 /The Arts Center to provide the Great Lakes Bay Area with a visual arts center and embrace creative educational activities involving the community.The gallery is dedicated to making the arts relevant and accessible to all.
Studio 23 / The Arts Center originated as a grassroots arts organization created by volunteers who were dedicated to bringing the arts to the Great Lakes Bay Area.
In 1959, the studio was established as a non-profit 501 (3) c and retains that status to this day.
From the beginning, the goal of the gallery was to exhibit artists, hold special events, and offer educational programs benefiting all ages.
Although Studio 23 / The Arts Center is now located in a spectacular riverfront property adjacent to Wenonah Park and the Friendship Shell amphitheater in the heart of downtown Bay City, the organization had very humble beginnings. The original location was on the second floor of Weiland Furniture…followed by a series of different venues including the top floor of City Hall.
- provides education opportunities for pre-school through adult. Over its 57 year history, we have educated over 15,000 students.
- provides exhibits space to area elementary, middle school and high school students through the annual Kids’ Kreation and Teenworks exhibits
- provides visual art exhibits featuring local, regional and international artist
- provides art support and encouragement to hundreds of artists
- offers multi-year college scholarships to high school seniors through the Jones Memorial Scholarship.