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End of the Year Message from Kerry Hagy

Updated: Aug 26, 2020

I am proud of the work the South Haven Center for the Arts has accomplished this past year and owe many thanks to the kindness, support, and commitment of you, our members, volunteers, and community partners. I hope that you were able to visit and experience our eight exhibitions this past year, that you enjoyed the 61st Annual South Haven Art Fair, and the 33rd Annual Mistletoe Market, as well as our many other programs and events throughout the year.

It is my greatest pleasure to work with a board of directors committed to bringing quality exhibitions and programming to our entire community. In my first year as Director, I have focused on building relationships in South Haven with our fellow non-profit organizations and community leaders, with the goal of broadening the reach and impact of SHCA’s mission to enrich our community through the arts. For example, it was our honor to participate in South Haven Sesquicentennial Celebration by hosting a special student art exhibition on our second floor this past spring.

With an enthusiasm to engage all community members, the South Haven Center for the Arts concentrated on several public art projects over the past year. Art Bikes celebrated South Haven’s designation as one of the first Pure Michigan Trail Towns and engaged thirty local artists to artfully decorate the bikes. The Detroit Institute of Arts’ public art exhibition Inside|Out encouraged people to discover reproductions of DIA treasures around town. Additionally, in conjunction with our summer exhibition, BOND: Five Mosaic Artists, the art center created a mosaic bench decorated with tiles created exclusively by South Haven residents and visitors to our town.

Through supporting our many accomplishments this year, you have made an impact on your community. We thank you!

The South Haven Center of the Arts will go into 2020 ready to reach new heights. The Center has been chosen to host the National Endowment for the Humanities traveling exhibition Frida Kahlo's Garden from June 16 to August 11, 2020. The focus is on her life and sources of inspiration, especially the influence of nature and her garden at Casa Azul, in Coyoacan, and the exhibition is in English and Spanish. Hosting this exhibition will be a big feat for the Center, and it is with great enthusiasm that we embrace this opportunity. In 2019 we set the groundwork for expanding both the reach and quality of education programs, as well as our outreach programming and collaborations, which will allow us to create the maximum impact with this opportunity.

South Haven Center for the Arts needs your continued to support to build upon our momentum. Can you help us with a contribution now as our fundraising year concludes? With your support, we will end the 2019 a success, and will head into the next year with the operating funds we need to expand our programming and enrich our community through the arts.

You are greatly appreciated,

Kerry Hagy

Executive Director

South Haven Center for the Arts

P.S. End of the year donation can be made HERE

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