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.


The SAC offers tours during the week to groups of all sizes and ages. Learn about the Frederick Frieseke Gallery, experience the artwork in the main exhibit, and peruse the consignment galleries for art of all media. The SAC can arrange specialty tours aimed at individual ages and grade levels where students work on a project after having a guided tour. Contact the SAC for more information. We can tailor our tours and projects to fit your needs!


Celebrate your child’s birthday with an Arty Party at SAC

– 2 hours for 10 children
– SAC provides the space, art project, instructor and all the materials needed
– Family provides cake, refreshments, beverages & plastic table covering

Booking the party is a piece of cake:

– Please call Linda Ruehle, Arts Education Director at 989-723-8354
– Schedule a minimum of 2 weeks prior
– Available times are 3-5pm or 4 pm – 6 pm after school or on Saturdays.
– Saturdays after any scheduled classes
– Fee for 10 children is $120 for SAC Members and $130 for non-members (some projects may require additional costs per child)
– $10.00 per additional guest


The Shiawassee Arts Center is teaming up with Wendy’s Restaurant in Owosso for the 16th Annual “Celebration of Youth Arts Month” during March. Students who participated in the SAC’s Home School and after-school art classes created the current exhibit of Melted Crayon Batiks.

Unlike traditional Batik, which uses different colors of dye and wax resist, melted crayon dyes the cotton fabric and is also a wax resist. The fabric pieces did go into a black dye bath in the end for the crackling effect.

The instructors for the project were Brian Bruff, SAC board member, Sue Newcom, Corunna artist, Linda Ruehle, Arts Education Director and Gwen Sutton, Owosso artist. All of the instructors and student artists appreciate Wendy’s for sharing their “gallery” space and supporting arts education in the community.

Participating students in Kindergarten through 9th Grade are: Jessi Eilert, Jacob Hemenway, Megan Hemenway, Eve Hickey, Allie Kennell, Olivia King, Gabe Lockwood, Owen McMaster, Delaney Meyer, Charlie Nolph, Madie Pennington,​ Kay Ponder, Quinn Schemenauer, Owen Skarich, Quinn Skarich, Liliy Spica, Dean Young and Zane Zwolensky. Stop into Wendy’s for a Frosty or a Chili and view the student exhibit!

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