2020 marked the 20th anniversary for The KidSAKE Foundation. We are proud of our accomplishments in the schools and communities where we have served.
Since 2000, The KidSAKE Foundation has created partnerships with schools and universities, communities, businesses, and individuals on a variety of projects devised specifically to equip, empower, and engage young people in strengthening self-esteem, developing good character and building community through engagement in the arts and humanities.
Thousands of hours have been donated by tireless volunteers and creative entrepreneurs and as many dollars have been donated by sponsors and generous individuals. Thank you to all who have served and supported. We could not have done it without you.
In 2014, KidSAKE collected approximately 300 peace doves from Michigan, children in Honduras and a few from across the United States. Participants include: Roosevelt Elementary School 2nd graders and teacher Cheri Nicholas (Port Huron, MI), students from the Blue Water YMCA summer program (Port Huron), elementary school children from Cane, Honduras, and patrons of Art for Good/KidSAKE in downtown Port Huron.
This project was on display during LUNAFEST Film Festival in 2015 and also for the Picasso Mini Fair at Thomas Edison Elementary School in Port Huron, MI in the summer of 2016.
In 2013, KidSAKE created a peace mural in connection with a production of The Picasso Project, also in Port Huron, Michigan. The mural was the same size as Picasso's famous Guernica, measuring 11'6" x 25'6" (pictured below). With input from the community, four artists, using the backdrop of The Geurnica, created an interpretive mural about mankind's hope for peace, and experience with war throughout the twentieth century. This peace mural (pictured below), was an Art Prize entry following its creation, on display at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids.
Student poetry on the petals of our peace mural at Artprize, Grand Rapids, 2013
Stay tuned for more information!
Workshops & Assemblies
through our partnership with Art for Good
Integrated Arts workshops [language arts, fine art, core]
Social-Emotional learning domains
Leadership and character content
Story-telling: devising original works/personal narrative
Puppetry & Drama Across the Curriculum
1/2 day -- Full Day -- All or partial week residencies
Humanities Council Grants Available
Large Scale Projects
What has 21+ art exhibits filled with framed Picasso prints, live art and student replicas; a war and peace exhibit, tribute to twentieth century modern artists, a nod to Alden Dow and a full-length play? The Picasso Project! A magical journey through time in exhibits of art and and a lively discussion about what is relevant and beautiful in art and why--on stage and in the galleries. School and community collaborations and contributions: writing, design, exhibits, legacy.
Mini Fair & Presentation day
2020 focus: Legacy
KidSAKE has an ongoing partnership with Red Wagon Artist, Jenny Rogers (KidSAKE's Founding Director) of Art for Good. To find out more about Rogers, click here.
The KidSAKE Foundation seeks quality artists that meet the 'Red Wagon Seal of Approval.' In other words, well-qualified, caring artists with a desire to serve and empower youth while delivering excellence in their work whether it's process-oriented workshops, productions and performances or both.
Teaching artists then partner with KidSAKE and The KidSAKE Foundation acts as the fiduciary sponsor for selected projects. This way, more schools and communities can benefit from meaningful program that engages their youth.
KidSAKE has written and received many grants and sponsorships for project large and small. If you would like to bring a Red Wagon Artist to your community, contact us by clicking here!