October 20, 2023 – January 26, 2024

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The Anishinaabe word Ningaaseg, to artist Michael Belmore, means coming to a sudden stop or disappearing into the wind, becoming enveloped into the world. Michael’s work is focused on the Great Lakes environment, land, water, and what it means to be Anishinaabe.

Creative hands-on programming is available for learners of all ages inspired by, and working with, artist Michael Belmore. Students can work directly with Michael with both in-classroom and fieldtrip programming; but students aren’t the only ones getting creative. Behind the scenes experiences, specially curated dinners with Michael and Chef Mindy Trafman, and so much more are also available for adults this fall + winter!

Student Programming Key Concepts & Ideas:

Educational Outreach Programming

Ningaaseg featuring artist Michael Belmore
October 2 – November 6
Grades 5th – 8th | 5 visits | 60 – 90 minute visits

The SCA’s outreach programming focuses on providing exposure to diverse professional creatives, cultivating and nurturing creatively aware citizens through workforce readiness skills and hands-on, process-oriented approaches. The students we serve learn to think broadly, create bravely, expand their sense of self, and share their voices with the wider world. 


Our 5-week educational outreach programs offer learners unique opportunities to meet and work alongside professional artists and designers. Rooted in creative arts, and supported by ELA standards, Michigan GLCEs, and SEL standards, school programs include 4 visits from a leader of our Education team, 1 session with the Visiting Artist, a field trip to the SCA Gallery, all creative materials, and our bespoke curriculum for the exhibition.

Field Trips to the SCA

All Ages | Single visit to the SCA | 45 – 90 minutes

Art engages students’ senses in open-ended play and develops cognitive, social-emotional and multi-sensory skills. Meaningful art experiences provide students’ with authentic self-expression—the freedom of choice, thought, and feeling. Our arts-integrated field trip experiences are available throughout the school year. Each offering is based on the current exhibition and is designed to provide unique engagement opportunities for students of all ages. Visits include a tour of our current exhibit from a leader in our Education team, with customizable elements like hands on art making components and reflective writing exercises.

Camps + Classes

From 3 – 103, there’s a chance for all ages to get creative with Michael this fall + winter! Join the FREE community celebration on October 27 for A Bright Night, sign up your littles for in progress programming, or jump in for an immersive experience at adult programming.


Education Standards

ELA Standards

Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
Write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure.

Visual Arts Standards
ART.VA.II.4.4  Analyze and reflect on the uses of subject matter, symbols, and ideas to express and communicate meaning in artwork.

ART.VA.II.5.5  Analyze how art conveys ideas to express one’s individuality.

ART.VA.III.3.2  Examine how art expresses cultural traditions.

ART.VA.I.3.3 Describe, discuss, and model the elements of art and principles of design to communicate ideas.

ART.VA.II.3.5 Create artwork that aesthetically and creatively conveys an idea.

ART.VA.III.3.5 Discuss how personal experiences influence the creation of art.

ART.VA.IV.3.3 Recognize how the available materials and processes in a particular time or place can influence the art that is created.

SEL Standards

1B. Demonstrate an awareness of their personal traits, including their strengths and interests

3B. Demonstrate consideration for others and a desire to positively contribute to the school and community 

3C. Demonstrate an awareness of different cultures and a respect for human dignity

This Week at the SCA

The Saugatuck Center for the Arts connects people, sparks conversation, and builds community through a bold mix of entertaining, educational, and inspiring creative experiences.

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