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Monday - Friday

9:00AM - 5:00PM

MSW Show Dates: 9:00AM - 7:30PM 

 

Saturday - Sunday

10:00AM - 5:00PM

MSW Show Dates: 10:00AM - 6:30PM 


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Pure Michigan

Growing Young Artists : Summer Migrant Program


Partnering with Fennville and South Haven Public Schools featuring our Artist in Residence, Rubén Aguirre
July - August

Migrant farm workers and their families are integral participants in Michigan’s educational system and workforce. Approximately 1,000-1,300 migrant children live in our Allegan County communities.

Young people in summer migrant educational programs are considered “at-risk”, typically moving from school to school, state to state through the year as their parents travel to obtain temporary or seasonal work.

Growing Young Artists (GYA) is a Project Based Learning program that uses art to deliver key skills to Pre-K- 8th grade students. Our GYA instructors work hand in hand with educators in Fennville and South Haven’s summer migrant programs, creating programming to reinforce skills like literacy, language fluency, math, and science along with critical life skills like problem solving, teamwork, empathy, social etiquette and community.


Through Growing Young Artists

 
“I've never painted before – this is the best day ever! I love art. When are you all coming back?" – Rolando, 4th grader in the “Growing Young Artists” program
 
This past summer we (12 young professionals + interns) brought our arts-infused Growing Young Artists program to more than 170 migrant students from Fennville and South Haven schools.
 
Working with Artist in Residence Sofia Ramirez Hernandez, the pre-K – 8th grade students developed a 7-act play, writing details for the script, building sets, creating costumes, and making life-sized puppets.
 
 

Board of Justice

This past winter & spring the SCA had the privilege of working with 7 Saugatuck High School students in a collaborative project based learning program. The topic: human sex trafficking.

These Saugatuck High School students had the opportunity to attend a bill signing with Gov. Snyder on April 13!  They were introduced by Rep. Mary Whiteford on the House floor, then presented the educational video they created to the Senate Families, Seniors, and Human Services Committee. Finally they joined the governor in the signing of House Bill 5107 which requires the National Human Trafficking Hotline phone number to be posted throughout Michigan.

This was a tremendous opportunity for the students to share their research via a Statewide platform.

SCA Loves

“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 Rubén 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.