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The Ark's Renovations

The current phase of The Ark’s master renovations plan focuses on The Ark’s public face, including the entryway, façade, lower lobby and box office.  An extended canopy, new signage and displays, improved lighting and glass doors featuring a vibrant mural of Ark artists will enhance our Main Street presence and communicate more clearly to the general public what The Ark is all about.

The Ark received a $70,000 Capital Improvement grant from the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs to support the entryway project.  With a leading grant of $100,000 from the Ann Arbor DDA already in hand, The Ark is positioned to complete this project by December 2018. Your gift now can help The Ark complete this placemaking new entryway and additional renovations.  Future phases of The Ark's master plan include concert production upgrades, volunteer room and restroom renovations, and new heating and cooling systems.


There are many ways to join in this important effort. Any gift of any size is helpful and appreciated and gifts can be pledged over 1-3 years.

SEAT SPONSORSHIP – For the first time ever The Ark is offering the opportunity to sponsor a seat at The Ark and add your own special inscription to the legendary listening room.  Seat sponsorships are available for new gifts to The Ark's renovation projects of $1,000 and $2,500. Seat sponsorships will receive recognition on the drink rails at The Ark. Availability is limited.

Gifts can also be made in honor of the RFD Boys as part of The Ark’s special tribute. The RFD Boys have played The Ark more than any other band, and hold a very special place in our hearts. We’ll pay tribute to their dedication with special recognition displayed at  The Ark. Gifts of any amount can be made to The Ark's renovation projects in their honor and donors will be recognized as Friends of the RFD Boys. FRIENDS OF THE RFD BOYS receive special recognition and an invitation to a celebration with the Boys at the tribute unveiling.

Please consider a gift to The Ark's renovation projects today. Whether you’re a first-time Ark donor or a previous supporter, we need your help. Donations of any amount can be made online or contact Charlotte at The Ark for more information at or (734) 761-1800.


Thank you for helping The Ark enrich lives for 50 years more!

In 2012, The Ark negotiated to purchase its current space as a condominium.  The purchase capitalized on The Ark’s previous build-out of the space as well as its identity as a downtown Ann Arbor mainstay. The Campaign for The Ark was planned to pay off the loan for the purchase and fund renovations of the concessions area. Updating old equipment and furniture and accommodating capacity more comfortably were critical to The Ark’s future. 

Fundraising was led by key gifts from the Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation, Ford Motor Company and the Ford Motor Company Fund, and the Weiser Family.  Artists joined the effort, with benefit concerts by Jeff Daniels and Raul Malo.  Many more from the community stepped up with their own generous gifts to the Campaign.

The Ark hired Ann Arbor-based Mitchell and Mouat Architects to design renovations, and planning was completed in fall of 2015.  In August of 2016 the Campaign for The Ark passed its original goal of $2.5 million.  With a 2017 grant from the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs to start improvements in the Ford Listening Room, and community gifts to match, the campaign ultimately raised over $2.8 million. The successful completion of the campaign was announced at the 40th Ann Arbor Folk Festival in January 2017.  Phase I renovations, which had begun in December, were completed in February.

The Ark thanks the hundreds of donors who made these major achievements possible!

Campaign for The Ark Committee

Judy Dow Rumelhart
Honorary Chair

Bob Guenzel

Bill Ammerman
Irene Ball
Gerri Barr
Charlotte Csicsila
Del Dunbar
Peter Grace
Richard Greene
Steve Hamp
Kathy Huss
Marianne James
Renee Jin
Diana Kern
Bill Kinley
Dave Lutton
Maureen Martin
Susan McClanahan
Jill McDonough
Jamie Mistry
Don Postema
Don Rumelhart
Anya Siglin
Tom Stoll
Mark Stranahan
Curt Wolf