Reasons you should Spring into the Arts:

1. Spring into the arts and into creativity!

The benefits of enhanced creativity extend to many aspects of life no matter your age. Being creative helps you think outside of the box. Whether it is painting, singing, dancing, etc.- it’s creative. Creating makes people more resilient and better equipped to problem-solve in the face of hardship. These skills open doors; 72% of employers say that creativity is the #1 skill they look for when hiring.

2. Spring into the arts and into happiness!

Whether creativity means whipping up a spinach soufflé, admiring statues on the St. Joseph Sculpture Walk or acting in a Robidoux Resident Theatre show, experts say there’s a strong connection between creative expression and overall wellbeing. Engaging in art in any way can bring so much happiness.

3. Spring into the arts and melt your worries away!

Don't you go to another world when you listen to a favorite tune, paint a picture or visit an art museum? Studies show that both creating and observing art can reduce cortisol, the “stress hormone.” Results published in Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, titled “Reduction of Cortisol Levels and Participants’ Responses Following Art Making,” found that 45 minutes of creative activity significantly lessened stress in the body, regardless of artistic experience or talent. When you get totally immersed in a creative endeavor, you may find yourself in what’s known as “the zone” or in a state of “flow.” This meditative-like state focuses your mind and temporarily pushes aside all your worries.

4. Spring into the arts and boost self-confidence!

Creating art, performing in a show, singing in front of an audience—all of these acts bring a sense of achievement. Research has shown that activities such as singing, playing instruments and writing can serve as very powerful forms of expression that help build self-esteem. Whether in an individual setting or as part of a group, arts education improves a person's confidence. For example, studies have shown that when children participate in arts activities with peers, the feedback they give to each other builds self-respect by helping them learn to accept criticism and praise from others.

5. Spring into the arts and enhance academic performance!

Artful learning improves observational skills and improves the ability to interpret and find meaning in visuals. Students engaged in arts learning have higher GPAs and standardized test scores, and lower drop-out rates. 

Thank you to the businesses and individuals who help bring arts and people together through the quality programs of the following agencies.

2018 Funded Agencies: 
Allied Arts Council
Creative Arts Productions
Performing Arts Association
Robidoux Resident Theatre
St. Joseph Community Chorus
Saint Joseph Symphony

Thank you to all who support the arts in any amount!   [ 2018 Arts Fund Contributors ]

The Arts Fund is operated by the Allied Arts Council to benefit its member agencies and the St. Joseph community.




Meet the

2018 Arts Fund Chairs

The Allied Arts Council proudly announces Denise Meyer and Janie Findley have accepted the positions the 2018 Arts Fund co-chairs.  The two have stepped into the role with one specific focus in mind: keeping the arts alive in the St. Joseph community.

Denise Meyer (left) served as Arts Fund co-chair of last year’s successful campaign and returns this year with the goal of keeping the arts alive in our community. The Arts Fund plays a vital role in the success of the member agencies that directly benefit from the fund drive with much needed support.

“We are truly blessed to have so many talented individuals in St. Joseph. It is important to our community’s success to continue to provide exceptional entertainment to our community and surrounding areas,” she said.

Meyer and her husband have owned and operated Meyer Floors for the past 16 years. She is involved in various arts organizations, and is serving her 7th term on the Creative Arts Productions (CAP) board, and 6th year as treasurer. She is also serving her 3rd year on the Allied Arts Council board and the Arts Education committee. She has served on the Fine Arts Committee at St. Joseph Christian School for the last 2 years and is the committee chair this school year.

Janie Findley (right) has been actively involved in the community for the past 30 years. She served as president of Board of Directors for CAP, as the president of Allied Arts for three years (1997-2000) and served and is currently on the Allied Arts Allocations Committee.

Findley has been a loan originator with Farmers State Bank for the past 4.75 years, and was affiliated with US Bank for 22 years prior to that. She believes arts are important to the community because they are integral for growth by attracting new businesses and employees and unifying the cultural experiences of the citizens of St. Joseph.

“Arts enrich and touch the lives of small children to adults because of the quality programs that the Arts Fund agencies embrace and encourage. There is something for everyone,” she said.

Findley wanted to be involved in the Arts Fund Drive because she believes that everyone, regardless, of their economic situation, should be allowed to enjoy and participate.

“The arts can heal, entertain and express life,” she said.