Surf’s up for family fun: artBlast 09 – summer arts celebration

If life is a beach, then grab a blanket and jump into the quintessential summer celebration, artBLAST at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center on July 3. The annual BBAC fun-raiser features creative all-ages activities; a grilled picnic supper; colorful music; fireworks over the adjacent golf course; and a retro beach-blanket movie.

On Friday, July 3, the center opens for artBLAST ticket holders at 7 PM. The BBAC is located at 1516 S. Cranbrook, Birmingham, MI 48009 between 14 and 15 Mile Roads. To purchase tickets, please visit the BBAC website or call the BBAC at 248-644-0866.

The all-inclusive artBLAST tickets are specially priced at $125 for a family (4 tickets), $50 for an adult, and $30 for seniors and children (under 16). These prices remain in effect as supplies last until June 25. Special artBLAST Patron Family Tickets are $300 and limited in quantity. Patrons receive 4 tickets to the event, on-site parking, complimentary drink tickets, and an event souvenir.

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.

All the evening’s fun is included in the ticket price, from create-and-take art projects to a grilled picnic supper and entertainment. Kids of all ages can create beach-themed art including tie dye t-shirts and bucket hats, Gyatoku fish printing, and sea glass pendants.

The annual City of Birmingham fireworks take place at approximately 10 PM, adjacent to the BBAC at the Lincoln Hills Golf Course.

The BBAC also offers event-goers a way to wind down after the pyrotechnics (and avoid traffic back ups) at afterBLAST with camp sing-alongs, munchies and a retro beach-blanket movie while traffic clears. All artBLAST tickets include admission to afterBLAST.

Since its inception in 2003, artBLAST, formerly known as Summer Solstice, has raised more than $400,000 for the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center. Proceeds benefit educational and community programming.

The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center is a regional non-profit art center committed to promoting the visual arts with classes for all skill levels. Each year they offer 500 classes for 4,000 students including year round classes and art camps. The BBAC campus features nine classroom studios, four galleries with free exhibits open to the public, art camps, special events, and a retail gallery shop.

For inquiries, media are asked to contact Melissa Bunker at (313) 886-9074 and For further information, please call the BBAC at 248-644-0866 or visit the BBAC website,