The SMARTS Program (Shiawassee Mobile ARTS for Seniors) provides hands-on experience in artistic creation to dozens of Shiawassee County seniors each month. This program allows them to express themselves, includes them in the community, and improves their quality of life. By way of professional artists/instructors, this program also extends opportunities for the kinds of creative experiences that can help seniors grow, further their well-being, and enrich their lives. This Program is possible due to the generous support of the Shiawassee Council on Aging and the Cook Family Foundation.

For more information about the SMARTS Program and schedule of classes call the Shiawassee Arts Center (989) 723-8354.

All classes are $3 for seniors and $5 for family or friends under age 60 who are accompanying a senior.

*Seniors can receive one free class during their birthday month!*

Multi-media Classes

Shiawassee Arts Center:  Every other Monday, 1 pm – 2:30 pm | RSVP: (989) 723-8354

Owosso Senior Center: Every other Tuesday, 10 am – 11:30 am | RSVP: (989) 723-8875

Morrice Senior Center: First Wednesday of the Month, 12:30 – 2 pm | RSVP: (517) 625-4270

Durand Senior Center: Third Monday of the Month, 10 – 11:30 am | RSVP: (989) 288-4122

Schedule listed below:

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Art To-Go Bag #1 -Painting Like Piet Mondrian

Art To-Go Bag #2 – Celebrating International Haiku Poetry Day, (Actually April 17) with a collage project

In Person* – At the Shiawassee Arts Center Outdoors, under the Porte  Cochere, – Painting Wooden Bird Houses.

 $3 for Shiawassee County seniors/$5 under 60 or out of county

Available at the Owosso, Durand and Morrice Senior Centers and at The Shiawassee Arts Center. It would be good to call ahead at all locations, as hours are limited at the senior centers.

March Art to Go Bags- The SMARTS program will continue to provide Art To Go bags until we are able to resume hosting classes at the Senior Centers.

  • #1 – Thinking Outside the Box! – Paint/decorate a small unfinished wooden box. The lid has a space for a small photo, message or quote (1.5 x 1.5 inches) When learners are able to think outside the box, they become better thinkers!  Explore ideas that are creative and unusual for your little treasure box. Acrylic paint and brushes included.
  • #2 – Painting like Piet Mondrian –  Learn about Mondrian and his abstract style. Includes 2, 5 x 7 inch canvases, acrylic paint, black sharpie, two brushes and step by step instructions.

April -Art Bags to Go

  • #1-Celebrating International Haiku Poetry Day, (Actually April 17) with a collage project

SAC: Class Schedule- April

  • Monday, April 19, 10am – 11:30am and 1pm – 2:30pm – In Person* – At the Shiawassee Arts Center Outdoors, under the Porte  Cochere, – Painting Wooden Bird Houses. Call the Arts Center at

In person SMARTS classes at Shiawassee Arts Center (located at 206 Curwood Castle Drive in Owosso).  Please call 989-723-8354 to reserve your spot

Please wear a mask.  It is not always easy to remain six feet apart!

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