Hi I’m Nicole Bowers and I’m this summer’s marketing intern at Saugatuck Center for the Arts. I’m a soon-to-be senior at Central Michigan University where I’m studying integrative public relations and journalism. Follow me as I take a peek into the classrooms of our Growing Young Artists. I’m so happy to see what this year brings!
Another inspiring year is in the works as teachers and artists prepare for the Growing Young Artists (GYA) program. After sitting in on a GYA staff meeting, it’s clear they can’t wait to get in the classrooms. They’re driven by the impact this program has on the Saugatuck-Fennville “Family”.
ABOUT GROWING YOUNG ARTISTS
GYA interrupts students’ “at-risk trajectory” through creative educational experiences. The program augments core skills in literacy and language fluency, math and science. Just as important, it builds crucial social and emotional skills including problem-solving, collaboration, empathy, self-direction, and responsibility.
WE ARE FAMILY
In addition to the core curriculum they teach, the SCA instructional staff hopes to create a place where every child feels at home. This year’s theme, Tú Eres Familia focuses on coming together to create just that; a familiar place where students are known, encouraged and seen. A variety of teachers are welcomed into the GYA team. College students, educators, professional working artists, each with their own experiences to pass on.
“This program is as much about relationships and life experiences as it is about art-making. We continually ask students how they can use their creativity to help others because we believe that art and creativity have the power to break down all kinds of barriers and truly impact lives. Growing Young Artists ultimately ripples out to the broader community, connecting students, their families, teachers and community members.”
– SCA Education Manager Whitney Valentine.
MEET OUR ARTIST
Mandy is a great fit for this program because much of Cano Villalobos’ work focuses on the history, the passage of time, and the nature of memories. She works primarily in assemblage and mixed media, including found objects, which we are so excited to be able to share with students. Mandy’s work is deeply rooted in family and her personal history is relatable for much of the at-risk students we’ll be serving this summer. You can view a number of Mandy’s artworks in the SCA Corridor. Her exhibit “Frail Deeds” runs from June 7 to Sept. 16, 2019.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
The staff is pumped for year 8 with the kiddos! To see the impact the program has on our children, educators and the entire community has been transformational for so many.
At the end of GYA, a fiesta with the whole Saugatuck-Fennville family will take place downtown Fennville on August 1 at 5 p.m. Come celebrate the collaborative work of our students with fun for the whole family. We hope to see you there!