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“Raise Your Voice, Leave Your Mark"

Led by Ruben Aguirre, 2017 Artist in Residence

This collaborative mural project was created for the SCA’s 15th anniversary. Designed and led by Artist in Residence RubĂ©n Aguirre, the mural includes paintings by 150 pre-K - 8th grade migrant students from our “Growing Young Artists” program along with Saugatuck and Douglas community members of all ages.

Through “Growing Young Artists” the SCA serves at-risk students who are the children of transient migrant farm workers picking fruits and vegetables in West Michigan.  This unique program, in partnership with Fennville and South Haven schools, gives students the opportunity to work with a professional artist, hands-on instruction, and encouragement to express themselves in creative ways.

During this summer’s project each collaborator was empowered to leave their mark, designing a symbolic representation of their personal story. Together we created a visual village; a community of stories that will continue to delight and impact viewers for years to come. Through “Stories of Us” we’re all reminded that our voice matters and our mark can be transformational.

Click here to watch a video of the work in progress from the students painting to Ruben installing.

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SCA announces new board leadership; welcomes new member Knight

The Saugatuck Center for the Arts announced a new slate of board officers for 2017-2018 and welcomed a new member plus bid farewell to a longtime leader.
Mike Van Meter will serve as Board Chair from March 2017-2018. Richard Heriford serves as Vice Chair, Janice Varney serves as Secretary, and Patsy Ramsey continues as Treasurer.
Van Meter is Managing Partner of Van Meter Associates LLC an Iowa based investment advisory firm offering portfolio management services to individuals and small to mid-market institutional clients. He has served on the board since 2007, most recently as Vice Chair, and lives in Saugatuck.