The Shiawassee Arts Council, in partnership with the Arc Shiawassee, offers an arts program for young adults with developmental disabilities called The Creative Arc. Working together SAC provides hands-on creative arts experiences to 50 students between the ages of 16 and 26 in art classes throughout the year. Disabilities represented among these students include mental retardation, epilepsy, autism and cerebral palsy. The goal of the program is that the students will enjoy the multi-media classes and will become aware of the value of artistic achievement and encourage their cultural growth. All participating students are residents of Shiawassee County.
Some art projects are designed for completion during a single session, while others are worked on during successive sessions. Students thereby gain experience of creativity not just as a single act, but also as an ongoing process that unfolds over time, requiring planning, sustained attention and evolving ideas. Activities are conceived in a variety of media providing students with diverse creative experiences and allowing them to explore which medium they may prefer to pursue in subsequent endeavors.