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ARS Circle: Are You In?

ARS Arts & Culture Center (ARS) is a community art center, offering cultural arts, applied arts, fine arts, and outreach programs. Our programming embraces our whole community and is recognized by our ARS Arts & Public Arts Program.

ARS fosters personal growth for youth through positive interaction and social development. We use fine, applied, and cultural arts, along with the powerful vehicle of public art to educate our youth. ARS has a distinctive focus to bring youth with diverse social, racial, and economic backgrounds together through these principles.

ARS saves lives, giving hope to the youths that feel hopeless, giving youths the opportunity for empowerment when they feel powerless. ARS believes that you can say more through art than you can through words alone.

Anna Russo Sieber, founder, and executive director, along with the ARS Board of Directors, have committed to embark on a sustainability journey to ensure the future of ARS and its life-changing programs. We anticipate that this funding from the Circle will underwrite our three-year path, and will increase our sustainable future. ARS would like you to join the Circle for a 3-year partnership to help us reach our goal.

It is our time! Are you in? We ask you to support and be a part of this journey

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ARS Arts & Public Arts Program

I Am the Greatest sculputre by John Sauve

Our programs are designed to teach and assist youth in assessing their strengths and determining goals for their lives - through lessons about community, art, culture and life skills. Teens also learn to express themselves through introspective writing, creating, and expressing their thoughts and feelings through artistic media.

The sculptures by Sauvé are bright orange representations of the struggle to overcome adversity, and are used to inspire youth to work through adversity.

During our after-school programs, we become much more than an art center and learning environment. We become a home! Meals are shared - values are modeled - theory and design are taught - and genuine expression is encouraged. The art center is a safe place and it’s this sense of security that fosters personal growth through positive interaction. (Over 60% of local youth have no organized after school program to attend.)

How you can Help

ARS After School Arts

Opportunities are available to provide financial assistance for the ARS After School Arts programs, summer camps, & private lessons. For more information on how you can help support the youth workshops, please contact Anna Russo-Sieber on 269.208.4409, or the ARS Arts & Culture Center on 269.363.4740.

Thank you for considering the ARS Arts & Public Arts Program.

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Sponsor a sculpture today!

A single sculpture costs $1000 per year to exhibit, full or partial sponsorships are very much appreicated! If you have any questions, please contact Anna Russo-Sieber on 269.208.4409, or the ARS Arts & Culture Center at 269. 363.4740.


John Sauvé - creator of the I Am the Greatest sculptures

John Sauve

John Sauvé, born in 1963 in Detroit, is an American artist and arts educator. His medium is sculpture and printmaking and has achieved national and international recognition. He was awarded a grant from the Marc Ecco Foundation for his work Man in the City, the first public sculpture exhibit installed on the Highline in New York City. Sauvé studied art history at Michigan State University. After finishing his studies, he spent a year traveling through Europe continuing his education in art history, returning to Detroit to work for the Michigan Commission on Art in Public Places where he oversaw the installation of public art for the Percent for the Art Program. He concluded his studies with a degree in Arts Administration at Michigan State University.

John Sauvé references philosophy, literature and history by approaching the human figure with an idealized representation. Borrowing from Heidegger’s concept of “Dasein”, Jung’s interest in the shadow and the Faustian Legend, Sauvé’s sculpture is as much about the figure as the shadow it cast. This relationship highlights his interest in the question of being and the covenant the individual will make to exist. Sauvé challenges the viewer by presenting the figure in public spaces utilizing the environment as a way to question what it means to existence and relationship between the individual and the collective

Sauve’ is currently installing the Man in The City project in the cities of Detroit and Windsor. The Man In The City is an international sculpture project comprised of 40 sculptures located on the rooftops of prominent buildings throughout the two cities. The MITC project creates a metaphor for life that transforms the skyline and encourages people to look around. In the discovery process one becomes aware of their sense of place within the City.

John Sauvé installed his vibrant orange sculptures in the City of Benton Harbor and the City of St Joe. The project comprised of 16 sculptures, which are located on the rooftops of historical buildings throughout the City of Benton Harbor and the City of St Joe. These sculptures creates a metaphor for working through adversity and inspires the viewer to take notice of their surroundings and encourages people to look around.

John Sauvé’s work has been exhibited in such high-­‐profile venues as the Venice Biennale, Governor’s Island, the International Sculpture Exhibition in Chicago, Krasl Sculpture Biennale, The Highline, Art Chicago, Elon University Sculpture, Knoxville Sculpture, Birmingham Cityscapes, Delta College, The Ella Sharpe Museum, The Krasl Museum, Cliff Dwellers Chicago, EXPO Chicago, The Brighton Biennial and Millikan Park. John Sauvé’s sculptures have been displayed in numerous public spaces in the US, as well as in England, Canada, Germany, Japan and Italy.

147 Fifth St, Benton Harbor, MI 49022 • 269-363-4740, 269-208-4409 • arsarts.culture@gmail.com
Winter Gallery Hrs: Thu-Sat 11a.m. - 4 p.m. Also open during evening classes.

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