The Ark Legacy Project

Recordings, photos, concert posters, articles and more…

 

 

 

Linda and Dave Siglin

The Ark Legacy Project

Recordings, photos, concert posters, articles and more…
The Ark was established in 1965 as an outreach ministry—a coffeehouse—by five local churches: Northside Presbyterian Church, First Presbyterian Church, Calvary Presbyterian Church, Campus Chapel, and Presbyterian Campus Center.  Though the Ark began as a partnership between religious organizations, the purpose of the Ark was not evangelism.  Rather, the Ark founders wanted to provide university students with a safe, substance-free space where music, discussion, and artistic expression could thrive, and a respite from the turbulent campus climate of the mid 1960s.  The Ark’s mission statement is as follows:  “The Ark is a non-profit organization dedicated to the enrichment of the human spirit through the presentation, preservation and encouragement of folk, roots and ethnic music and related arts. The Ark provides a safe and welcoming atmosphere for all people to listen to, learn about, perform and share music.

After the Presbyterians dropped the lease (and later destroyed the house) The Ark was forced to find a new home. It opened its doors for a second time on September 7, 1984, occupying the third floor of the old brick factory building on S. Main and Mosley.

 

Read this wonderful article published in the 1990 Ann Arbor Observer for a great read about The Ark’s early history.

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