The Friends of Ottawa Park

The Mission of the Friends of Ottawa Park is to maintain Ottawa Art Park by community building through art-making and display.

In 2004 a small group of visionaries reclaimed a vacant lot on the corner of State and Main Street, downtown Cheboygan, MI — and turned it into a community art park. This public art space has touched all groups and ages of people over the years. Since its inception, the park has employed many artists, as well as volunteers, who gathered together to make art.

Friends of Ottawa Park is a 501c3 non-profit organization responsible for the ongoing development and maintenance of the park and Art Travels Here, a traveling art program in five northern Michigan communities: Cheboygan, Indian River, Mackinaw City, Onaway and Rogers City.

Exhibits over the years include:

  • 80 canvases and panels
  • Mosaic artwork created by the community
  • Stepping stones to “Shimmy” the fish bench
  • Installation are projects by Liberty Bell
  • Student “Dog” and “Alien” invasions
  • Summer artist-in-resident for kids workshop

Ottawa Art Park promotes the artistic creativity of the area students and adults throughout the year. Ottawa Art Park is for the community, by the community, and supported through grants and donations.

For more information, contact the office or Friends of Ottawa Park at 231.627.2121 or like us on Facebook at Ottawa Art Park.

2014-2015 Board of Directors

  • Joann P Leal — President
  • Ann Gildner — Vice- President
  • Barbara Beckers — Secretary
  • Alice Barron — Treasurer
  • John Ainslie — Director
  • Patricia Gildner — Director
  • Mary Kay Hodson — Director
  • Brenda Ingersoll — Director
  • Ben Lillie — Director
  • Susan Page — Director