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Al-van will contribute 10% of all 2018 donations to their newly launched endowment to help catapult the fund into a stable annual contributor for the non-profit. Help jump start their funding – donate today!
SHCF was happy to help with bringing Foundry Hall’s inaugural Jazz Fest to life. The event was a huge success drawing crowds of over 600 to the festival. Is believed that this 2-day jazz event brought together one of the largest racially diverse audiences in South Haven outside of SHPS events. Planning for next year is already underway.
With a grant from SHCF, The City of South Haven and Foundry Hall presented 13 concerts for the 2017 Riverfront Concert Series continuing the 17-year tradition of the series at Riverfront Park. This year’s series of free community concerts was well received by hundreds of audience members including residents and visitors to the area.
The Board of Directors and Grants Committee of the SHCF is pleased to announce recipients of grant funding for educational programs and projects in 2017:
Al-Van Humane Society
City of South Haven
Historical Association of South Haven
Junior Achievement of Southwestern Michigan
Michigan Maritime Museum
South Haven Center for the Arts
South Haven Performance Series
South Haven Speaker Series
Youth Development Company/PAL
A total distribution of $14,000 was made possible through generous donations from our individual donors and businesses in the South Haven area.
YAC also awarded grants for several projects in the SH Public Schools in the amount of $6,000. A reception in honor the recipients was held at the Bailey Hyde Museum. Congratulations to all!
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.
The Michigan Maritime Museum used grant funding from the SHCF for the visual and audio components of the interactive Coast Guard exhibit. It enabled us to purchase a wide screen short throw projector that shows realistic footage of raging waves and storms, along with the sound effect. A ceiling mount and appropriate wall lighting purchased enhanced the quality of the innovative and new exhibit.
Museum employees have witnessed many children interacting along with the exhibit; such as using the steering wheel and imagining with the help of the projector visuals what it was like being on a Coast Guard rescue mission. Not only have our children visitors enjoyed this exhibit, but numerous adults as well! We have also noticed a renewed understanding and respect for the bravery of the US Coast Guard.
We strive to make history come alive at the Michigan Maritime Museum and with your help and generosity, we are doing just that! Thank you!
The City of South Haven partnered with Foundry Hall again this past summer to present the Riverfront Concert Series to the community and visitors. Thirteen concerts were held on Thursday evenings at Riverfront Park along the Black River. The attendance at these concerts continues to grow due to more locally and regional publicity and an effort to add musical diversity to the schedule. The funding received from the South Haven Community Foundation was used to pay artists for their performances.
The Riverfront Concert Series is an important cultural opportunity open to everyone. The shared experience of listening to music while enjoying the beautiful river and lake views makes them memorable experiences. The support of the South Haven Community Foundation is very much appreciated!