Giving Back with Saugatuck Center for the Arts

Giving Back with  Saugatuck Center  or the Arts

By David Hoekman

About the organization

Saugatuck Center for the Arts (SCA) is a community-based art center, so its programming is reflective of West Michigan. SCA focuses on entertainment, education and community engagement and wants its guests to experience wonder, curiosity and joy.

Entertainment includes concerts, films and professional theater via its Mason Street Warehouse productions. Education involves project-based learning programming for K–12th-graders, plus summer camps and classes for kids. SCA also curates four exhibitions and hosts gallery talks with the artists, and classes for adults. Its farmers market is held on Fridays from May through September.

Kristin Armstrong, executive director
Kristin Armstrong, executive director

Meet Kristin Armstrong, executive director

How did you get started here?

This has been a fantastic adventure for me. I began as executive director in the fall of 2005 when the art center was still relatively young (we were founded in 2001). It has been my incredible privilege to work with the board and staff to shape and grow programs, build a robust network of educational and business partners throughout West Michigan, and meet remarkable creatives and artists along the way.

What kind of impact does Saugatuck Center for the Arts have on the community?

Our programs — concerts, films, exhibitions, etc. — help create a more vibrant arts and cultural landscape for West Michigan. That’s crucial for attracting and retaining great talent in our communities and it also contributes to a strong current of innovation in the area.

Why this matters

West Michigan is saturated in creativity — it’s in our cultural DNA. The SCA nurtures creativity and innovation for students, artists and curious minds of all ages. We are part of the rich cultural fabric that makes West Michigan one of the greatest places to live, period.

Giving Back Artist
Growing Young Artists, Saugatuck Center for the Arts
Photos: SCA

How you can help

Lots of ways. Learn more about what we do so you can share our story. Attend an event or class, shop at the farmers market, volunteer, make a gift, become a member. Spend some time with us — we would love to welcome you to the SCA family!

Saugatuck Center for the Arts
400 Culver St.