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Arts Education


The Arts fosters creative learning and helps children to stay connected, active and engaged in school.

Studies of child brain development show that quality arts education is one of only six factors that encourage healthy brain development in children.

Teaching with the Brain in Mind,  Dr. Eric Jensen


Recent Grants

  • 10,000 students visit local arts organizations like the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre and Frederik Meijer Gardens each year.
  • The SAF purchased 400 new musical instruments for bands and orchestras.
“Because of your generosity, my urban second grade students were able to enjoy a wonderful theater experience… We used the play as a springboard for a class unit. Each student wrote a letter and included ‘Flat Stanley’ in it. We learned about the United States, writing letters, and what the word ‘adventure’ means.”
-Ms. Hamil, Coit Creative Arts Academy