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Our Programs

ACT provides art and creative expression programming that enriches the lives of people with and without disabilities throughout West Michigan.
The arts bring us all together into a segment of space and time where nothing else matters but the joy of letting go, being honestly oneself, and being adventurous. No limits.



Finding Joy and Friendship at ACT





Building Pride Through Art

DJ, a new student at ACT, is the type of person who likes to make things. At home, he builds cat beds out of cardboard for his furry friends Batman, Hawkeye, and Einstein. At ACT, DJ gets to create using media like paint and colored pencils. His favorite subjects are characters, trucks, cars, and airplanes.

For students like DJ, one of the most important things about ACT is that it gives them both a sense of belonging and an outlet for creativity. Says DJ, “I love art. Many things at ACT make me feel proud, and I feel very welcome. I like being here.”


Finding Happiness with Hands-On Work

ACT art student Andres Paniagua has a smile that lights up the entire room. It's especially bright when he talks about his art class, which he loves because it's a hands-on experience. He likes working with paper, and his favorite recent project was a hand-drawn self portrait. Andres is also proud of the papier mache robot he submitted to the ACT art showcase.

Like many of the students, Andres is taking transition classes after high school to help him prepare for navigating life as a young adult. The art studio at ACT provides a healthy, creative counterbalance to more traditional classes. Hands-on guy Andres agrees. When asked why he likes ACT so much, he laughs and says, "It gets me out of the classroom."



Youth Programs

School-based programs for early childhood to transition-aged students and classes at the ACT studio.

Adult Programs

Classes at the ACT studio and community locations for individuals 16 and older.

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Health & Healing Programs

For hospital and long-term care patients and residents of health agencies.

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Community Programs

Special events and ongoing programs for people of all ages and all abilities.


Creative Cube

Our mobile studio supports all programs by providing art opportunities on the road.

Programs at a Glance

Our Impact

Simply put, ACT improves lives. We use the arts as a fundamental tool to help all people reach their full potential.

Providing Limitless Opportunities for Every Child

Lillian Cummings Pulliams, director of the Early Childhood Special Education classroom program for Wyoming Public Schools, has served as the point person for ACT. developing schedules and distributing information to the staff. She has always been proud to champion ACT at the school because she believes the program meets children where they are, no matter their ability, and encourages them to explore their unique interests.

Says Lillian of the program: "Through ACT, every child is allowed to participate to the best of his/her ability, made to feel valued, given a sense of belonging, and enabled to demonstrate their gifts and talents in their own way. No one child is made to feel more or less than their peers."

She says that this inclusivity is what makes the program so special, providing limitless opportunities for every child to create and explore. "The ACT students have taught me that no child should have limited access to decreased expectations based on what has been identified as a disability or handicap," says Lillian. "Through ACT artforms, our children demonstrated a joy that had not been visible before. As a result, their attempts to communicate increased in ways that staff had not yet witnessed."



Volunteers by Year

“I serve as a volunteer during art classes and am the chair of the Campus Links program at GVSU. ACT helps with programming for our students. It’s a progam that includes everyone and provides everyone with a way to communicate. When you can see growth, joy, and inspiraton in the participants, you realize how special the program is.”


Community Partners

Our Impact

We are eternal optimists. In all we do at ACT, we hope to empower every child, youth, and adult to reach their full potential.

Collectively Experiencing Joy

Laura Armenta, a Movement and Dance teacher, has been working with ACT since 2015. Her favorite thing about teaching? She loves making her students laugh and appreciates how they all learn and grow together (Laura included!). She says, "When I share with them dance, yoga, or body movement, it's great to see them enjoying the relationship between their body and music they love. Happiness matters, and in the brief moment of our time together, we collectively experience happiness, goofiness, and joy."

As a teacher at ACT, Laura gets to observe the freedom and creativity that art inspires on a daily basis. "I have witnessed a transformation in my students when I teach. The arts bring us all together into a segment of space and time where nothing else matters but the joy of letting go, being honestly oneself, and being adventurous. No limits."

In Laura's opinion, this is why ACT is so important to our community. "ACT offers love, compassion, and acceptance. It's a great asset to have an organization that embraces all humans and builds connections among art, artists, and volunteers."



ACT as both an organization and a community has cultivated a generative space where relationships grow easily. Anyone who's tried to do this knows how difficult it is to create real community, but ACT does it daily.



Exploring Endless Artistic Possibilities

Laura was introduced to ACT by a friend and fellow volunteer who told her that the very first time she helped out in a class, she immediately fell in love with the students and the classroom. Today, Laura has been volunteering with ACT for almost a year, and she completely understands what her friend meant.

"I love the creative atmosphere," says Laura. "When it comes to creating art, the possibilities are endless for the students. I'm just happy I get to be a part of it and witness their creative process.

It's not surprising that Laura is learning a lot from the students and teachers, too. "They've taught me the ability to be open and try new things with enthusiasm and excitement," says Laura. The staff is so encouraging and hardworking, and they are so passionate and dedicated to keeping this wonderful program going."


Our Donors

ACT would not be possible without the support of generous organizations, companies, and people like you. We deeply appreciate your support year after year.

3 IN ONE Solutions

Aaron & Catherine Van Proyen

Abigail Powers

Aimee Simtob

Alix Vargo

Allyson Terpsma

Amanda & Jared Love

Amazon Smile


Amy & Randy Chambers

Amy Oliver

Angela & Rob Steele

Anne & Joe Redford

Anne Redford Design LLC

Ann Zoellner

Aon Risk Solutions

Arts Midwest

Ashley & Joseph Chrysler

Ashley & Josh Baker

Ashley Bodell

Barbara & Christopher Hackett

Barbara Bergers

Barbara Rohwer


Becky Hart


Bernard & Harriet Mitchell

Bertram & Laura Sluys

BHS Insurance

Bill & Barb Krater

Bill Chesney

Bill Mckee

Binh Ha & Will Morrissey

Brad Darooge

Brandon Erhart

Brenda Travis

Brenna Reimink

Brian Johnson

Bryan Flietstra & Corrie Greenshields

Caitlin Qua & Margaret Paxton

Carissa & Patrick Beadling

Carl & Kelly Jandernoa

Carly Zagaroli

Carrie Prater

Casey & Jessica Jones

Casey & Katee Aubil

Catholic Information Center

Charlene & Timothy Hill

Charlene Czarnecki

Chris & Bruce Hayden

Chris Parker

Christine O'Hara

Christy Root

City of Grand Rapids

Colleen & Micah Alles

Colleen Holmes

Consumers Energy Foundation

Corinne Sprague

Council of Michigan Foundations


Crowe Foundation

Curt & Bonnie Monhart

Cynthia J. Smith

Dan & Ann Jacques

Dan & Sherry Bowen

Danielle Rowland

Dan Johnston

Darcy & Cullen Walsh

Dave & Jill Veeneman

Dean & Anita Gorsuch

Dean & Nancy Haney

Diane St. Claire & Tom Northway

Dixon Interior Design

Don & Diane VanOeveren

Donald & Catherine Bruckman

Dori Runyon

Doug & Melissa Haneline

Edgar Marty

Elissa & Nate Weaver

Elizabeth & Van Edgerton

Elizabeth Nickels & John Brauneis

Ellen Carpenter

Ellen Cherveny

Emily & Chadrick Mann

Emily Evers & Chris Milostan

Emily Rucker & Kyle Waite

Emily Shatto Evans & Matt Evans

Engineered Protection Systems [EPS]

Eric & Laura Conforti

Ericka Long

Erin & Kyle Dressander

Erin Lyon

Esther Onaga

Evan Hordyk

Eve Allen

Florence Koster

Fredrick & Amy Lake

Frey Foundation

Fulton Family Dentistry

Gary & Barbara Gritter

Gary & Sue Ann Clark

Gillette Family Foundation

Gina Post

Gordon & Kathi Jo DeYoung

Grace Smith

Graham Bennett

Grant Ponte

Greenleaf Trust

Greg & Kim Evers

Gregory & Cecilia Bator

Gregory & Judith Osmun

Gwendolyn Childs-Gridiron

Heart of West Michigan United Way

Hyde Creative

Jack Cruz

Jake Rykse

Jane & Ernie Sandona

Jan Reynolds

Jeanne Helmrick

Jeanne Herold

Jeff & Karrie VandenBerge

Jenna Dominique

Jessica & Daniel Pennock & Family

Jessica & Josh Duval

Jessica Rodgers

Jim Burdick

Joanne Kelty

Joe & Ashley Brennan

Joe DeJong

Jo Ellen Jolliffe

John & Arnette Kraus

John Apol

Jonathon & Grace Bradford

Jordan Edwards

Jordan Love

Juli & Chris Wiseman

Julianne Gietzen

Julie & Matt Paganelli

Julie & Tom Brinks


Binh Ha, Donor

I’ve always wanted to support an organization whose work I could trust. ACT immediately came to mind. I was impressed and moved by the work that the organization does to empower people with disabilities through the arts. I feel deeply connected to ACT’s mission and culture and am truly grateful for the opportunity to give back by becoming a monthly donor.

Julie Lensink

Karen Cheydleur

Karin & Greg McAleenan

Kathleen Freeman

Kathy Keehn & Marty LaBrecque

Kay Cariano

Kelly Allen

Kelly DeWispelaere

Kelsey Hanson

Kelvin Oliver

Kevin Bloem

Kim & Ryan McLaughlin

Kimberly Hanrahan

Krista Pischner-Coon & Dustin Coon

Laura & Tom Madison

Laura Allen

Laurel Pruski-Jones

Lauren & Adam Tweedy

Lauren & Michael Rodewald

Lauren Benda-Hoffman

Leon Hendrix

Lin & David Shatto

Lin Culver

Linda & Ed Bueche

Linda & Scott LaFontsee

Linda Stewart

Lisa & Gabe Miller

Lisa Martinus

Lon & Laura Morrisson

Lori Ambrose

Lori Nieuwbeerta

Louise Edison

Lowell Area Art Council

Lynne & Jose Hernandez

Lynnette Collins

Ty Cook, Donor

The students of ACT have taught me that the power of art is that it returns happiness to those who practice it, act ACT fosters those interactions in a way that is natural and long-lasting.

Madelaine Lane

Madeline Schaab

Mandy & David Matthews

Marc & Joelle VanderVelde

Margaret & Bob Nault

Margaret Stalker

Mark & Bridget Czarnecki

Mark & Lori LaCroix

Mark Celichowski

Mark Shirey

Marla Ehlers

Mars & Don VandenBos

Mary & Jeff Dixon

Mary & Steven Cok

Mary & William Morrissey

Mary & William Scott

Mary Beth Fitzgerald

Mary Caroline Frey

Mary Hoksbergen

Matthew Farrell & Chelsea Kittridge-Farrell

Matthew Hogg

Maya Rosloniec

Megan Vollink

Meredith & Kipp Bronk

Michael & Barb Breen

Michael & Linda Jaracz

Michael & Sue Jandernoa

Michael & Susan Valcq

Michael & Valerie Feehan

Michele Suchovsky & John Gabrosek

Michelle McHale-Adams & George Adams

Michigan Arts and Culture Council

Mike & Kathy Cairns

Mike & Sydney Azzi

MillerKnoll Foundation

Molly & Shannon Gary

Morgan Matthews

Nancy & John Beadling

Nat & Marcia Love

Next Creative Co.

Nick & Shellie Adamy

Pam Haffenden

Paradise Foundation

Patricia Ade

Patrick & Kathy Qua

Paul Beach & Rebecca Sauter-Beach

Peter & Emily Hunsberger

Rachel Hyde

Rachelle Roy

Randal & Colleen Cleves

Rebecca Klein

Reem Yaw

Rhonda Lubberts

Richard & Teresa Kosla

Rich Evenhouse

Rob & Monica Jandernoa

Robert F. Beard Charitable Foundation

Ron & Patricia Dressander

Ronni & Patrick Geary

Rosie Dunlap

Ruth Goodell

Ryan & Jackie Greaves

Ryan & Jill Anderson

Ryan Mulder

Rylee Egan

Sadie Malady

Sara Wisnewski-Olson

Service Express

Seth & Erin York

Sharkey's Cuts for Kids

Sherry Chin

Sheryl & Ross Leisman

Sir Speedy

Spencer & Kaitlin Olson

Stacey Bell

Stacie & Brent VanHaren

Stan Evers & Jill McKenna

Steelcase Inc

Stephenie & Jamie Haughee

Steve & Beth Olson

Steve & Holly Jandernoa

Steven & Brenda Bezinque

Swift Printing

Tammy Karas

Ted & Jan Kuzma

Ted Czarnecki

Tena'e & Willie Patterson

Terri Hanna

Terry & Camille Lieffers

Tim Hackney

Timothy Fisher

Todd & Ali VanHaren

Todd & Ellen Sutton

Todd Jones & Rick Eisen

Tom & Kris Crimp

Traci Price

Trent Vanderlende

Ty & Cortney Cook

Tyler DeNooyer

United Bank

Valerie Maciejewski & Walter Maciejewski III

Victoria Marnich-Reynolds & Tom Reynolds

Walters and Mason Retail, Inc

Warner Norcross + Judd

WB Blanton Enterprises LLC

Wendy & Jeffrey Wilterink

Wendy Brummel

Will & Breanne Kelderhouse

Winsome Kirton-Hordt & Thomas Hordt

Zach McCurdy & Katie Koole-McCurdy

Our Financials

This year marks another year of financial stability for Artists Creating Together. Our strong fiscal oversight will allow us to conduct art and cultural programming for years to come.

2022 Funding


Help us change lives.

A donation to ACT will bring hope to hospitals, smiles to our studio, and creativity to area classrooms. With your help, we can continue to build confidence, friendships, and a creative community.
Thank you for making ACT possible.

Design and development by Design Project Center, College of Business, Ferris State University.


Making Art & Friends


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