Judson Center Centennial Exhibit to Open at the Royal Oak Historical Society and Museum - Judson Center

Judson Center Centennial Exhibit to Open at the Royal Oak Historical Society and Museum

Exhibit showcases historical artifacts and client stories brought to life through works of art


Farmington Hills, MI –Non-profit human services agency Judson Center is taking its centennial “Museum of Care” art exhibit to the city where the organization began in 1924. The Royal Oak Historical Society and Museum, located at 1411 W. Webster Road, will host the exhibition May 4th through May 30 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

The traveling interactive art display, which debuted last December at Detroit’s Scarab Club, is at the heart of Judson Center’s new “Where Care Is An Art” awareness campaign. The exhibition shines a creative light on the agency’s 100 years of transforming lives through unwavering care. Local artists were paired with 10 Judson Center clients to create 10 pieces of art that illustrate the clients’ journey from facing challenges to achieving positive outcomes through the care provided by the agency.

“One hundred years is a long time, and we felt Judson Center’s story needed to be told in a unique way,” said Judson Center President & CEO Lenora Hardy-Foster. “The creative art pieces in our Museum of Care offer an emotional and inspirational look at the life-changing care we have provided to thousands of children, families and individuals through our autism, behavioral and primary healthcare, disability, foster care, adoption, and mentoring services.”

In addition to the artwork, the Museum of Care exhibit features an in-depth historical timeline of Judson Center’s growth, along with artifacts — many of which have never been seen before by the public — and photographs from the agency’s 100 years of serving the Royal Oak community and beyond.

“Our mission at the museum is to preserve the history of the Royal Oak community,” said Royal Oak Historical Society Museum Curator Johanna Schurrer. “Judson Center’s legacy is an important part of this city’s heritage. The agency started at the corner of 13 Mile and Greenfield Roads, and it remains there today as a vital resource for the community. Our museum is a perfect place to showcase Judson Center’s history and impact.”

Judson Center’s partner on the Museum of Care project, Doner Detroit, designed the campaign and exhibit. Doner put out the call for local artists to participate in this rare opportunity to use their creative gifts for a great cause.

“The amazing care that Judson Center has provided to this community over the past 100 years needs to be seen, felt and experienced,” said Doner Chief Operating Officer Craig Conrad. “When we set out to gain a deeper understanding of Judson Center’s services and clients, we knew right away that we had the opportunity to go beyond expressing that care in traditional marketing. We know art, as it surpasses boundaries and evokes emotion, was the perfect way to crystalize these stories for Judson Center’s centennial celebration.”

As an extension of the Museum of Care exhibit, Judson Center and Doner collaborated on a short video featuring the agency’s clients, the participating artists, and the creation of the art pieces.  Visitors to the Royal Oak Historical Society and Museum will be able to scan a QR code for each piece of art to view the individual videos of the Judson Center clients and read in-depth versions of their stories.

Admission to Judson Center’s Museum of Care art exhibit is free and open to the public on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on May 4th through May 30th.


About Royal Oak Historical Society and Museum
Founded in 1939, the Royal Oak Historical Society is a private, non-profit organization managed by a curator and team of volunteers. The organization collects, preserves, and makes information and objects available that reflect Royal Oak’s past for current and future generations. The Society is also committed to ensuring that a significant portion of contributions directly support philanthropic initiatives through The Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan.

About Judson Center
Judson Center, trusted by Michigan families for 100 years, is a non-profit human services agency providing expert, comprehensive services that strengthen children, adults and families impacted by abuse and neglect, autism, and developmental, behavioral and physical health challenges so they can achieve whole health, well-being, and maximum potential. Judson Center also offers integrated primary healthcare for all through Judson Center Health in Warren and is a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC). Since opening its doors in 1924, Judson Center has grown to change the lives of more than 13,000 children, adults, and families each year. Judson Center has offices in Genesee, Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne counties. As part of our centennial celebration, Judson Center has launched the “Where Care Is An Art” awareness campaign, which uses artwork to illustrate the inspirational and emotional stories of our clients. Judson Center’s headquarters are located at 30301 Northwestern Highway, Suite 100, Farmington Hills, MI 48334-3277. Learn more at www.judsoncenter.org


Daphne Hughes, Hughes Creative, LLC

Scott Trudell, Chief Development Officer, Judson Center