Few things contribute more to the vibrancy of a community than its appreciation for the arts.
The Van Singel Fine Arts Center enriches our community tremendously through the professional touring shows, regional art exhibits, student performances, and various educational opportunities presented from within its walls. Students, parents and area residents of all ages are inspired to imagine, create, express and enjoy the arts and appreciate the richness it brings into their lives. And it’s amazing that it all started with a truly visionary idea unheard of at the time!
Impacting Our Quality of Life
Since then, hundreds of thousands of lives have been impacted by the arts and the Van Singel Fine Arts Center through national touring productions, educational workshops, daytime school shows, artist exhibits, community events, rentals, and more!
More than 150 national and regional tours have rolled into this once rural area to thrill young and old alike through the magic of theatre. Thousands of patrons have seen professional productions come to life on stage. Thousands of school children throughout the region have taken part in the educational workshops and performances. Through the goodwill of our donors, more than 10,000 tickets have been gifted to populations in need. Disadvantaged youth and families, war veterans, families and patients stricken by disabilities or illness, have enjoyed an evening far from their everyday lives.
Accomplished artists from the West Michigan and around the world have showcased their talents and creations as a part of our Art Gallery Season. They have challenged young and old to see the world in a different way.
Today, the arts are strong and alive in this once rural area. The interest and demand in the arts has become contagious. Maybe even more importantly, the self-supporting Van Singel Fine Arts Center has inspired other schools throughout Michigan and the nation..
Meijer Great Choices Student Film Festival
The Van Singel Fine Arts Center is instrumental in developing and executing the state wide film competition for Michigan students. The competition is designed for Michigan student film makers to exhibit their creative talent in audio/visual communications. Participants submit a :30 Public Service Announcements promoting positive choices in the areas of Character Education, Healthy Living and Celebrating Diversity. There are two different audiences that the students target in their PSA’s: Kindergarten through 6th or 7th through 12th grades.
Van Singel Youth Theatre - VSYT
The Van Singel Fine Arts Center is celebrating its 20th Anniversary with a new theatre program geared towards kids! The Van Singel Youth Theatre (VSYT) has been created to provide an extensive, more involved, theatre experience for elementary age youth.
Every Student who registers with VSYT is automatically a part of the show. Practices are on Mondays and Wednesdays after school at Robert Nickels Intermediate School. This program lasts from April 8th through June 8th. Students in first through sixth grades are welcome to register.
Cost is $125 for the 10 week performing arts program.
Scholarships, totaling upwards of $55,000, have been awarded to students with an appreciation and talent for the fine arts.