History of A.C.,T.

   A.C.,T. (Artist Cooperative, The) began in the last months of 1990 to promote and provide a non-juried venue for local emerging artists of all disciplines, and to form a community of artists for fellowship, solidarity, resource and outreach. The first venue, at the Paradigm Center for the Arts in Harmony Park was short lived, and A.C.,T. used alternative venues, among them the 911 Gallery (a satellite of then Michigan Gallery run by Carl Kamulski) and Urban Park (an “open air” gallery space in Trappers Alley run by Dave Roberts), before settling into a first floor space in the Biegas Gallery Building (now part of the PuppetArt Theater). Encouraged to move upstairs in the Biegas Gallery space to make way for the PuppetArt Theater, A.C.,T. uses this gallery space for its shows today. “The Co-op” has in the past used “alternative” venues and spaces for a variety of different exhibits. Places like the Majestic Café and the old Good Housekeeping Building (now the Carlton Building on Library Street) were places A.C.,T. members and committees conceived, developed and realized shows befitting for these resources.

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