South Haven Center for the Arts

South Haven Center for the Arts Mission Statement:Community Enrichment Through the Arts by Providing Opportunities for the Community to Explore, Discover and Experience the Arts.
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The South Haven Center for the Arts is closed to the public January and February 2018 for restoration of our building. Staff is available for appointments, please call or message to schedule.

South Haven Center for the Arts was excited to be part of this special announcement today and present the first two bike...
05/07/2019
South Haven one of the first cities to be designated as a Pure Michigan Trail Town

South Haven Center for the Arts was excited to be part of this special announcement today and present the first two bikes in our summer art bike project. Artists Kathy Kreager and Michele Blackmon, thank you for your creating these beautiful bikes!

There are more than 12,500 miles of state-designated trails and pathways in Michigan. "Michigan is the trail state," said David Lorenz, vice president of Travel Michigan. "We have more trail mileage than any other state in the country and we're very proud of that.

Join us at 2pm on Saturday, May 18th for our 3rd Annual Show and Tell afternoon tea. This year we are having a Toy Tea, ...
05/07/2019

Join us at 2pm on Saturday, May 18th for our 3rd Annual Show and Tell afternoon tea. This year we are having a Toy Tea, bring a Toy that is meaningful to you and share its meaning with the rest of the tea party. Sweets and Savories will be served at 2pm. RSVP at [email protected] or (269) 637 - 1041, $5 at door

Thank you to those of you who have liked and loved student work in our South Haven Past, Present and Future: Student Art...
05/04/2019

Thank you to those of you who have liked and loved student work in our South Haven Past, Present and Future: Student Art Contest. Works that receive the most votes will be published in the South Haven Tribune next Sunday.

South Haven Past, Present, and Future: Sesquicentennial Student Exhibition

Voting: Tuesday, April 30 through Saturday, May, 4th - Vote on this Facebook album by liking or loving the pieces that you think best represent South Haven for it's 150th Birthday! Or come vote in person at the South Haven Center for the Arts.

South Haven, Michigan is celebrating our 150th Birthday! Art work created by students inspired by the past, present and future of our city will be on display at the South Haven Center for the Arts. Visit the exhibition Tuesday, April 30 Through Friday, May 4th to vote on the student pieces best represent South Haven, you can also vote online at the South Haven Center for the Arts page.

Winners will be announced at the Sesquicentennial Celebration Community Picnic and printed in the South Haven Tribune on May 12, 2019. The exhibition will be on display through Saturday, May 18th

Exhibition on display through May 18th, 2019. This exhibition is a project of the South Haven Sesquicentennial Committee. This collaboration includes the Visit South Haven, South Haven Public Schools, South Haven Tribune, the City of South Haven, and the South Haven Center for the Arts. Thank you also to Historical Association of South Haven and Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum.

Don’t forget to go to the album on Facebook or to visit the South Haven Center for the Arts tomorrow and vote to for t...
05/03/2019

Don’t forget to go to the album on Facebook or to visit the South Haven Center for the Arts tomorrow and vote to for the student artwork that beat represents South Haven for our Sesquicentennial celebration! Thank you to those of you who already took on this challenging task! There are so many wonderful student works. #southhavenmi #sesquicentennial #studentartwork

04/30/2019
We would like to invite all of South Haven to vote online or in person for the student art work that best represents Sou...
04/30/2019

We would like to invite all of South Haven to vote online or in person for the student art work that best represents South Haven for our Sesquicentennial Celebration. Visit the art center by May 4th and put your vote in the ballot box or find the album on our page and like or love your favorites. There are so many beautiful pieces, you are bound to love many! We are grateful to our South Haven School Art Teachers and to art center volunteers who worked so hard to put this beautiful exhibition together. You will not want to miss it! #southhavenarts @southhavenpublicschools @visitsouthhaven #studentart #sesquicentennial #birthday #gratitude #southhavenmichigan #communityartcenter @ South Haven Center for the Arts

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Photos from South Haven Center for the Arts's post

Photos from South Haven Center for the Arts's post
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Photos from South Haven Center for the Arts's post

Photos from South Haven Center for the Arts's post
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Photos from South Haven Center for the Arts's post

Photos from South Haven Center for the Arts's post
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Photos from South Haven Center for the Arts's post

Photos from South Haven Center for the Arts's post
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South Haven Center for the Arts is excited to be a part of the South Haven Sesquicentennial Celebration!
04/29/2019

South Haven Center for the Arts is excited to be a part of the South Haven Sesquicentennial Celebration!

The biggest birthday bash in South Haven history will kick-off the community’s Sesquicentennial celebration on Friday, May 10 when residents gather in historic Stanley Johnston Park for a picnic featuring free food, entertainment, activities for kids and trips down memory lane.

A way to begin the commemoration of South Haven’s 150 years of existence, first as a village in 1869 and since 1902 as a city, has been in the planning stages for several months. May 10 was chosen as it is the date in 1869 when the first village council met to approve the articles of incorporation.

“We also chose May 10 for the launch because it is before South Haven’s tourist rush and we want this be community-focused, a big ‘ole fashion neighborhood block party,” said planning chair Rosalie Plechaty. “And the best part is that it will be free thanks to the generous financial support of businesses, organizations and individuals.”

Stanley Johnston Park, located on the city’s north side near the Dyckman Avenue drawbridge, was selected for the kickoff because of its historic significance to the community. The area was first known as the Grove when it became a public park in the 1890s, was named Oakland Park in later years because of its stately oak trees and renamed in 1969 as part of the city’s Centennial celebration to honor horticulturalist Stanley Johnston who is credited for developing the Haven line of peaches. The park overlooks the city’s historic Black River harbor.

The May 10 kickoff will begin at 4 p.m. and run until 7 p.m. The traditional hot dogs picnic will be highlighted by peach and blueberry flavored Sherman’s ice cream. Entertainment will run from 4:30 until 6 p.m. A formal program, highlighted by the unveiling of a plaque recognizing the Sesquicentennial by the Historical Society of Michigan and other recognitions, will begin at 6 p.m.

Throughout the three-hour-long event there will be a clothes line display featuring vintage items, old-fashioned games for kids, a pickup vintage baseball game, and an antique fire truck and other vehicles from a bygone era. The South Haven History Club and Historical Association of South Haven (HASH) will also present videos of South Haven’s past.

The entertainment will include the Shoreline Dance Academy, vocalists Joe Foster and Pam Chappell presenting their historic South Haven songs, the Silver Bag Ladies’ “Letters from the Frontier” and balladeer Ron Van Lente. Mayor Scott Smith will be the master of ceremony.

The winners of an art contest co-sponsored by the South Haven Center for the Arts and South Haven Public Schools will be recognized.

Representatives from the South Haven Post Office will be present to unveil a commemorative Sesquicentennial postal cancellation. A free postcard will be distributed to the first 500 families in attendance.

Commemorative Sesquicentennial items will be available for sale for the first time with proceeds benefiting the Historical Association of South Haven.

The committee is planning for up to 1,000 attendees. Period clothing is being encouraged.

An alternate location should the weather challenge the day is the South Haven High School. If needed, information on a change in venue will be posted on the website southhaven.org/150 and social media sites.

The Sesquicentennial planning group consists of nearly 40 volunteers with strong support from City of South Haven staff, the South Haven Convention and Visitors Bureau and South Haven Area Chamber of Commerce.

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