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


Approximately 3,000 area school children participated in the Saugatuck Children's Film Festival this year, nearly triple our previous record. The Saugatuck Center for the Arts was also able to expand into the Allegan community by taking the ‘Telluride Mountainfilm on Tour’ on the road and make the films available to over 1,000 kids. 
 
The Saugatuck Center for the Arts (SCA) pioneered this new model that allows for kids to experience great films in their area and allow for the Children’s Film Festival to reach even more kids year after year.
 
A partnership with the Ottawa County Intermediate School District connected the SCA with more teachers and schools and allowed to help schools to bring their students into Saugatuck by funding their transportation. 
 
Foundation and business partners year after year make the program available free of charge for kids in Allegan, Ottawa, Kent, and Van Buren counties. Without their support, this program would not be possible.