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Our Mission

The Sturgis Council of the Arts strives to fulfill its mission of making the arts and humanities available to the Sturgis area by encouraging participation in and increasing the awareness of the arts through a wide variety of programs for both students and adults. The Sturgis Council of the Arts is funded solely through private and community donations.

Our History

In 1974 the Sturgis Council of the Arts was established; and through the generosity of Flora Kirsch Beck, who recognized the value of the arts to a community, an endowment was given to the City of Sturgis for the Council's work. This endowment, along with others, are now within the Sturgis Area Community Foundation.

Support the Arts

Patrons like yourself help us to meet our mission of fostering participation and encouraging greater awareness of the arts and humanities available to the Sturgis community. Ticket sales alone can not support arts programming for Sturgis area residents and visitors. That is why the role of individual contributors is so important to the Sturgis Council of the Arts.

Live Performances

Each year, the SCA makes it possible for the Sturges-Young Auditorium to have live performances, both on its main stage and in the dining rooms. The highly popular "Friday Night Live @ SYA" is a series of performances that take place during the winter months and offers people the opportunity to come out the the facility for a night of live music, drinks, dinner and dancing.

Fundraising

Holiday Kaleidoscope

This is an annual fun-filled evening of holiday music, decorated tables, a live auction selling decorated holiday trees, and a silent auction of community donations. Proceeds will be distributed according to agreement of the SCA Board. The SCA may keep all profits or choose to share them with other community organizations. SCA's Holiday Kaleidoscope is held on the first Friday in November.

Endowment

Community Foundation

The Sturgis Council of the Arts is pleased to announce its partnership with the Sturgis Area Community Foundation (SACF). The following are funds with the SACF that offer many opportunities to support the art medium of your choice. Your contribution can help ensure this community a future filled with the arts!

  • Perry Family Youth for the Arts Endowment Fund
  • Patricia A. Franks Council fo the Arts Endowment Fund
  • Dale E. Gray Council of the ARts Endowment Fund
  • Flora Beck Performing Arts Endowment Fund
  • Beverly McCullough Music Performance Fund

For more information or to make a gift to one of our endowment funds, please contact SACF at: 310 N. Franks Ave. Sturgis, MI 49091 or by calling 269.659.8505.

Endowment Donations

  • Cash Contributions
  • Life Insurance Gifts
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts
  • Wills
  • Bequests
  • Annual Gifts
  • Pooled Income Funds
  • Gifts of Appreciated Stock

Benefits include: Michigan State and Federal income tax credits. Please consult your tax advisor for specific details.

Sponsorship

Annual Patron Campaign

Contributions are made on an annual basis.

  • Friends $25 - $49
  • Contributors $50 - $99
  • Benefactors $100 - $249
  • Sponsors $25 - $999
  • Stars $1000 or more

Program Sponsorship

  • Sponsor a Great Performance Show
  • Sponsor a youth program
  • Sponsor a new program

Sponsorship Benefits may include Complimentary show tickets, Dollars for the Arts raffle tickets, recognition in all advertising and publicity for sponsored performances.*

*Actual benefits determined by program sponsored and by contribution level.

For more information please contact:
Brad Donmyer
201 N. Nottawa, Sturgis, MI 49091
Phone: 269/651-8541

School & Youth Programming

Visual & Performing Arts

Visual and performing arts programs for the schools, bringing students together with art and artists through the following:

Great Art Program

The purpose of the Great Art Program is to stimulate interest, imagination, and foster lasting appreciation of art by providing reproductions of fine works of art to be exhibited in our elementary schools on a monthly rotation in grades K-5.

Adult and high school volunteers present and discuss paintings of world-renowned artists to kindergarten through fifth grade students once a month in their classrooms through the "picture lady/gentleman" visits.

Dedicated volunteers introduce fine works of art accompanied by excellent research materials for accurate presentations. Students are introduced to works by Michaelangelo, El Greco, Georgia O'Keefe, Edgar Degas, Paul Klee, Jackson Pollack, Edward Hopper, Pieter Breugel, Marc Chagall, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cezanne and many others. An annual trip to the Snite Museum of Art on the campus of Notre Dame is a popular field trip for the fifth grade students.

If you are interested in becoming a Great Art Presenter, please contact the Sturgis Council of the Arts at info@sturgisarts.com or 269-659-7211 for more information.

Snite Museum Of Art

Live Theatre Program

Sturgis Council of the Arts provides this opportunity for nearly 2,000 public, parochial and home-schooled students thanks to partial funding by the Patricia Franks Endowment Fund for Students and the Dale E. Gray Endowment Fund for Live Entertainment as well as area parent advisory councils.

The students witness first-hand performances by professional acting troupes. The kids have the opportunity to sit in the Sturges-Young Auditorium, listen to special sound effects, see dazzling lights and stage wizardry, and become involved in a magical performance they may otherwise not experience.

Visiting Illustrator Program

SCA endeavors to expand the cultural awareness and horizons of area children by providing interactive experiences with live authors and illustrators of children's books. It is the hope of the SCA that this program will enhance the existing efforts of Sturgis area educators as they implement language arts programs.

The authors and illustrators have provided presentations in area schools ranging from whole school assemblies to small group activities. Past presenters include Patricia Polacco, David Small, Kathy-Jo Wargin and Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen.

Literary Arts

Artistic and literary opportunities which promote the arts and serve the community:

Pen to Paper Program

This project is designed to encourage, promote and recognize the creative writing talents of our local students. he purpose of this program is to offer students in grades 6 through 12 the opportunity to be recognized for their literary works by selecting and publishing the best works we receive each year from area schools. Artists are also recognized because the front and back cover as well as a center spread showcases 8 artists in each issue of Pen to Paper. A reception is held each spring with chosen authors reading their works. This program allows students a chance to be recognized and encouraged for their contribution to the arts.

To preserve the creative integrity of our authors, the pieces are printed in the style and words as originally submitted by the writers.

Partners in Art Program

This program is designed to recognize young artists and heighten community awareness of our students' artistic ability. The artwork of local kindergarten through twelfth grade students is on exhibit each October in the Flora Beck Gallery of the Sturges-Young Civic Center. The works of art are available for leasing to businesses, professional offices and patrons for one year. At the end of the lease period, the framed art is returned to the original student artists.

Funds generated through leasing support this program.

Visiting Author Program

SCA endeavors to expand the cultural awareness and horizons of area children by providing interactive experiences with live authors and illustrators of children's books. It is the hope of the SCA that this program will enhance the existing efforts of Sturgis area educators as they implement language arts programs.

The authors and illustrators have provided presentations in area schools ranging from whole school assemblies to small group activities. Past presenters include Patricia Polacco, David Small, Kathy-Jo Wargin and Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen.

Contact Us

Sturges-Young Auditorium & Civic Center
201 North Nottawa Street
Sturgis, MI 49091

Phone: 269/651-8541
Toll Free: 800/778-7437

bdonmyer@sturgismi.gov

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