The Art of Resilience – by Calhoun County Students


The Art of Resilience exhibition was created by students from public schools in Calhoun County Michigan, who had an opportunity to work with adult artists trained by Starr Commonwealth, to create art that would share their hopes and dreams. Art brings us together.
Show opens at the Ludington Center on July 14, 2019, with a reception that same day from 2-4 p.m.  See more information below.



The Art of Resilience program is based on cultural enrichment modalities that are used in larger cities, or adapted from Native American cultures.

This special exhibit includes work from students who attend Battle Creek Public Schools, Lakeview Schools, and Marshall Public Schools.
Embracing Circle of Courage and Universal Needs modality, teaching artists worked with students to use art as an expression of how each individual relates to the concepts of belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity and celebrates their resiliency.

Learn more about the Circle of Courage:

In Native American and First Nations cultures, significance was nurtured in communities of belonging. Treating others as kin forges powerful social bonds that draw all into relationships of respect. In helping others, youth create their own proof of worthiness: they make a positive contribution to another human life.  From: https://starr.org/circle-of-courage/

Learn more about Universal Needs
1.Safety and Structure
2.Belonging and Membership
3.Self-‐Worth and Ability to
4.Self Awareness and Spirituality
5.Independence and Control Over One’s
6. A Close Lasting Relationship with at least One
7.Competence and Mastery
From:  http://www.nycjusticecorps.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Universal-Youth-Needs.pdf

The students created art that included boxes, shoes, books and strings. There were posters and poems.

Example of T-shirt Art from the Art of Resilience

This special show is touring Calhoun County the summer of 2019, under the direction of Starr Commonwealth. Thanks also for the support of the Battle Creek Community Foundation, Terra Nova Collective, and the Santo Maria Frank & John Zanetti Foundation.


Art of Resiliance Show Dates

Art Center of Battle Creek
265 E. Emmett Road
Battle Creek, MI
June 17 – June 29, 2017
Reception Thursday, June 27, 5 – 7 pm.

Ludington Center Albion
101 N. Superior Street, Albion MI
– July 14 – July 27, 2019
Reception Sunday July 14, 2019 2-4 pm
Event page on Facebook

Eastend Studio & Gallery
143 W. Michigan Ave.
Marshall, MI
August  1 – August 22, 2019
Reception Saturday, August 3, 2019  1-3 pm

Artist Books: Marshall High and Middle School
Shirts/Shoes: Battle Creek Central High School
and Northwestern Middle School
Stacked Boxes: Lakeview High and Middle School