Creating Enduring Impact
Starting with our very first program for students — the Children’s Film Festival which is now in its 20th year — we understood that art & creativity could be a gateway to new worlds and experiences. And it could be a vehicle for giving students voice and agency.
Like our commitment to bold entertainment and unexpected engagement, we are committed to innovative education … and to providing unfettered access to all children and adults in our region.
We’ve developed an expansive education program focused on transforming lives through deep, rich learning opportunities, and by meeting and working alongside professional creatives. This includes our visiting artists programming, Children’s Film Festival, exhibition programming, and summer camps & classes. Our Growing Young Artists (GYA) program has served migrant and at-risk students in Fennville for the past decade, and expanded to serve Paw Paw Schools in 2021.
Based on educator feedback, we developed SCA [NOW] in 2020, promoting empathy, vulnerability, civic engagement, and adaptability. The digital programs include videos and accompanying curriculum that introduce students to a diverse range of creatives and creative career paths.
And now it’s time to go mobile! We know that schools can’t always get to the SCA. But if we’re serious about making art & creativity accessible to all, then we need to solve this problem. Our solution: a mobile art van that will take SCA instructors, artwork, and materials out to schools, festivals, and events. Art on the go!