kickstART farmington is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization based in Farmington Hills, Michigan (formerly known as Absinthe Arts 21).

Our mission is to build community through the arts by sponsoring local events, supporting the work of area writers and artists, and collaborating with others in our Farmington/Hills community to develop a vibrant and diverse arts scene.

Art, whether it be visual or literary art, music or theater, has a unique ability to develop our understanding of what it means to be human, what it means to live in a particular place and time, and what it means to engage with the struggles in our world.

Art can increase our understanding of the world and of the plight of others, to make us more empathetic. To make us a better human being.

The great Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky wrote: “the aim of art is to prepare a person for death, to plough and harrow the soul, rendering it capable of turning to the good.”

We promote the arts in the Farmington/Farmington Hills community as a way to “turn to the good”, to bring some joy, and to make our community and the world a better place for us and for our children and their children.

This has been the aim behind our events and activities from the beginning: from Super 8 Movie Night with Vordak, to the Yule Blog, Free Art Friday, the Gratitude Photo Project at Art on the Grand, and especially the Greater Farmington Film Festival.

We invite you to join us in promoting the good of our community through the arts.

If you would like to join us please download our volunteer information form and return it to info@kickstartfarmington.org, or stop by the new KickstART Gallery & Shop in downtown Farmington at 33304 Grand River Ave.

Are you an artist or creative living in Farmington/Hills? We’d like to feature you and your work on our website. Download our questionnaire and return it to info@kickstartfarmington.org.

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      1. I believe we met at the gallery some time ago. I’m a local artist (and friend of Linda Pelowski) and I have read some of the interviews. I’d love to be featured also. I’m a figurative artist and portraitist. My website is not serviceable currently but you can see some old images from a site no longer active at the website line below. Just know it is not current. I believe I received an email pertaining to the artist interviews but was not able to respond at that time. My old website opens with a self portrait showing me painting a group portrait. There are other Boettcher’s art sites out there. I want you to get the right one. Thanks. Kathy

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