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Non-Violence Program

ARS non-violence program group photos

The goal of the non-violence camp is to give visual symbols and language for the five steps of conflict resolution. And to empower kids by giving them tangible ways to calm down through making art.

Steps that are modeled and utilized during camp:

  • Calm Down- Develop visual symbols (example: a sunset or a person sitting) that means “calm”. Create a monoprint of the decided-upon symbol.
  • State the Problem- Develop a symbol (example: a person with a conversation bubble) and create a monoprint of the symbol.
  • Apologize Well- Develop a symbol (example: text symbol such as the word “sorry” in bubble letters) and create a monoprint of the symbol.
  • Find a Solution- Develop a symbol (example: hand holding a small present) and create a monoprint of the symbol.
  • Follow Up- Develop a symbol (example: road with a person walking) and create a monoprint of the symbol.

ARS Arts & Culture Center

Our mission is to Encourage Enlighten & Engage in the Arts! A vital part of this mission is to offer arts and cultural education to a diverse group of youth, bringing them together under one arts program.

Our purpose is to provide a local community Art Center, which promotes, develops, and implements cultural, visual fine arts, and arts education to our community with a focus on at-risk youth.

Your generous support provides critical unrestricted funding that allows for showing films, offering after school youth programs, summer camp sponsorship, and other art center events throughout the year. Thank you for supporting the arts!

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ARS Arts & Culture Center Board of Directors

  • Anna Russo-Sieber, Founder & President
  • Stan Whitaker Jr., Vice President
  • Kevin Kellenberger, Secretary
  • Meredith Schmidt, Board Member
  • Diane Bartley

Honorary Board Member

  • Tiffany Butzbaugh

Past Board Members

  • Dawn Yarbrough
  • Diane Genovese

Anna Russo-Sieber in Michiana Life

Anna Russo-Sieber

ARS Arts & Culture Center

ARS Arts & Culture Center is a 501 (c)(3) not for profit organization with a mission to Encourage, Enlighten & Engage in the Arts! Our purpose is to provide a local community Art Center, which promotes, develops, and implements cultural, visual fine arts, and arts education to the community with a focus on at-risk youth in Benton Harbor and surrounding communities.

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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