Last summer, South Haven Center for the Arts launched Creativity Counts, a program designed to give every student in the South Haven area the opportunity to create and was partially funded by a grant from the South Haven Community Foundation.
Over 150 local students participated in the free program, with workshops such as digital art, painting, photography, ceramics, pastels, fiber arts and filmmaking taught by local college students, accomplished professional artists and local experts.
SHCA designed the program in response to local school budget cuts that reduced the number of public school art teachers to three serving 1500 students. Due to the rural nature of the area, there are limited extracurricular opportunities for local children and limited role models for mentorship.
We live in the age of creativity. It is integral to everything we do. It inspires innovation and improves our products, our businesses, our environment and the quality of our lives. South Haven children blossomed from the program last summer and we are eager to provide it again in summer 2017.