Saugatuck Center for the Arts Announces “SCA [NOW]: Classroom Conversations”, Highly-Interactive, Interdisciplinary Learning

Saugatuck, Michigan – For years, the Saugatuck Center for the Arts has provided creative, multidisciplinary educational programming for K-12th graders. Until now, these programs have been tethered to West Michigan (hosted at the SCA or at your school) but Covid’s constraints have challenged us to reshape, reformat, and humanize the virtual educational experience. SCA [NOW] is the merger of two powerful forces – connection and creativity – coming to you here and now, wherever you are.

Like the spoke of a bicycle wheel, SCA [NOW] Classroom Conversations, is your connectivity hub for highly-interactive, interdisciplinary learning that promotes positive social-emotional impact through a deep dive in creativity — exposing students to a wide range of professional creatives and hands-on experiences.

Through its mission and practicum, the program promotes empathy, vulnerability, civic engagement, and adaptability. Through this important work, SCA [NOW] is moving children’s arts programming in West Michigan (and beyond) forward!

Each series includes videos and accompanying program materials with numerous Common Core Language Arts Standards, that will creatively meet students’ needs as well as the needs of the teachers who share them with their students. Youth (K-12th) will meet professional working artists, actors, musicians, chefs, dancers, and more; real-world role models and inspire them to take action to make the world a better place. Plus, learning about a wide variety of creative career paths.

What you’ll receive:

  • links to pre-recorded sessionswith professional creatives
  • engaging dialogue
  • writing prompts
  • literacy extensions
  • social-emotional learning targets
  • hands-on activities

Dive into a series of conversational stories that are distinctively different and all very human. Hear stories from all kinds of creatives who are following their passions, failing, succeeding, asking questions and finding solutions; and all using their voices and talents to make the world a better and brighter place.



Curious about the “links to prerecorded sessions”?

Take a peek at an example!

Are you ready to bring SCA [NOW] to your students?
Click here to request the entire program.REQUEST SCA [NOW]

SCA [NOW] Creative Conversations #1: Sonder

Sonder is the profound realization that everyone, including strangers passing by on the street, has a life as vivid and complex as one’s own. Join Artist Megan Altieri on a journey to explore the world through the art of eavesdropping, using her work as a vessel to showcase human nature.

Over the course of two years, Megan has gathered fragments of overheard conversations and hand-stamped them on articles of clothing matching those of the speaker. Her Sonder exhibition features these conversational moments, seeking to help us grasp the beautiful complexities of humanity by allowing a momentary escape from our own lens. Learn more about the Sonder Exhibit at the SCA at

Our Sonder Program is designed to help students (5th – 12th) process and reflect on the practice of empathy while expanding their curiosity. This project prompts students to consider the complex lives of the people they encounter in a given day, and the different perspectives that those people have.

Sonder includes multiple videos featuring intimate conversations with the artist, tours of the Sonder exhibition at the SCA, creative writing prompts, social emotional learning targets, and hands-on art activities devised to open up your students’ minds for a better understanding of complex emotions.

“This project asks us to recognize that hope for a richer perspective on humanity begins with an acute awareness of others.” – Megan Altieri

Are you ready to bring SCA [NOW] to your students?
Click here to request the entire program.REQUEST SCA [NOW]


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