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11/4/2017 Member News
Saginaw Art Museum Announces WNEM After Hours and Third Installment of Where We Live Lecture Series


STACEY GANNON, 989.754.2491

Saginaw Art Museum Announces WNEM After Hours and Third Installment of Where We Live Lecture Series

Saginaw, Michigan –The Saginaw Art Museum announces the third installment of the Where We Live lecture series based around a mural created by Andrew Rieder, with the assistance of Tom Osborne and Michelle McLean. The lecture will take place during the monthly After Hours event sponsored by WNEM, on Wednesday, November 15th from 6-8pm. The event is FREE and open to the public, with light refreshments provided.

The lecture for this installment is based on the Temple Theatre and its significance to Saginaw’s history. The Saginaw Art Museum will be showing “The Temple Theatre: A Treasure Preserved in a Disposable Culture,” which was produced by Ricardo Verdoni and Dave Oppermann, with assistance from Ken Wuepper. There will be a question and answer session following the film which will be led by Ken Wuepper.

About the Temple Theatre:
The Temple Theatre—known as the “Showplace of Northeastern Michigan”—is one of Saginaw, Michigan’s most distinguished buildings. With seating for 1,750, the theatre has been graced by legends ranging from B.B. King to George Carlin. It is home to the world’s only Barton Butterfield Special organ in original condition. Today, it welcomes hundreds of thousands of patrons per year to performances of dance, theater, comedy, and popular and world music. In addition, the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra and the Saginaw Choral Society each call the Temple Theatre home, staging their performances in the main hall and operating out of the adjacent Shaheen Performing Arts Center. The Temple Theatre and Shaheen Performing Arts Center play host to a variety of rental events throughout the year as well, including wedding receptions, business meetings, galas, dance recitals, graduation ceremonies, movie and music festivals, and more.

Today, in its 90th year of existence, it operates as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization called the Temple Theatre Foundation, sustaining itself and supporting a variety of other organizations through a combination of program revenue and contributed income from generous sponsors and donors. Year in and year out, the Temple Theatre staff, board, and their affiliates attempt to honor the facility’s magnificent tradition by producing and hosting world-class cultural experiences for the Great Lakes Bay Region, right in downtown Saginaw.

About the Saginaw Art Museum:
The Saginaw Art Museum is a vibrant arts and cultural resource for Saginaw and the Great Lakes Bay Region. Since 1947, the Museum has brought more than 4,500 years of creativity to the area through visual, auditory and performance arts from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Housed in an historical 1904 Georgian-Revival mansion with Italianate gardens and two award-winning modern wings, the Museum has a permanent collection of art in excess of 2,000 objects, a dynamic exhibition program, a major art reference library, collaborative education programs, and special events. Various levels of membership offer access to the Saginaw Art Museum and its historic gardens as well as reciprocal benefits to more than 800 museums and 450 gardens throughout North America.

For additional information about membership and other events at the Saginaw Art Museum, visit the Museum’s website at or call 989.754.2491.