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September 30, 2009

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September 30, 2009

The Sturgis Center for the Arts provides many different opportunities for the citizens of all ages in the Sturgis area. They have created an environment that ecourages and accepts all who participate in the many different programs they offer. Michelle, Rick, and all the teachers we have encountered give 110%. The small community the center serves has always struggled and the last year has been a tough one. The center is a warm,comfortable oasis that on any given day(or evening) will find an assortment of people of all ages learning, sharing,and enjoying the many services they provide.The center has improved the quality of our familys' life this past year by opening the door to the beauty of music for our daughters. They have experienced the fun and excitement of learning to play and perform musical instruments as well as giving back to the community in some small way. The atmosphere of the center is one that even an eleven year old boy wants to experience! The center is a vibrant part of the community and very much an example of why ART is the heART of a community.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Open the world of music and visual art to the western half of South Dakota.Fill the void that the schools can not provde do to budget contraints.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 20, 2009

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August 20, 2009

In my opinion, the Sturgis Center for the Arts fills a need in our community that no other organization has been able to do. From the preschool art discovery classes that my son participated in to the painting classes that my mother participated in to Spanish lessons to tutoring to music lessons, the Center seems to have activities and events for every interest and every age group. Michelle is very community-oriented, even offering to let me use their space for free to teach my yoga classes. In this small town where most kids used to have the excuse of having nothing to do, the Sturgis Center for the Arts is turning things around, offering positive, creative, educational, and fun experiences for people of all ages.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing kids who previously had nothing to latch on to find a hobby, a passion, something to keep them focused on their futures.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very helpful and kind.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 13, 2009

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August 13, 2009

I've been involved with the Sturgis Center for the Arts since its opening as a student, as a performer, and as a member of the public. As an older adult, it was wonderful for me to be in an art class together with young children and explore different ways of expressing ourselves. I also participated in guitar and writing workshops with adults. As a storyteller performing at the Center, I appreciate how well Michelle, Rick, and the volunteers set up the sound system, arrange the space, and attract the audience. They go out of their way to decorate for special occasions. As a member of the public I've come for art shows, book discussions, to hear Lakota speakers, to sit in on Friday night jams, and to just hang out. I love seeing the latest projects on the walls and tables and always feel welcome. Many of the other comments have mentioned how great a place this is for kids. It's very comfortable for adults as well.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

imagining and creating beautiful things and events with interesting people of all ages.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

welcoming, talented, fun to be with.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

buy its own building instead of renting and offer even more opportunties for our town.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 13, 2009

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August 13, 2009

I serve as one of the instructors at Sturgis Center for the Arts. Never have I enjoyed such a musically and artistic atmosphere! Michelle and Rick have done a wonderful job of setting up this center and promoting the enrichment of music. They are so supportive of everyone, young or old. The students enjoy taking lessons at SCA where there is every music book and instrument they can imagine right there at their fingertips. There is plenty of opportunity to learn to play together or as a soloist. It is a safe place to come and hang out, and jam like so many kids yearn for.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As a performer, I've been able to draw from the musical talent at SCA to play for various events. This has also allowed me to share these opportunities with some of my students to get the experience they need of performing.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes are necessary as they are doing the best with what they have. Any changes would be just to enhance their endeavors.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

To see what the kids gather from this, and how they are thrilled with being able to come there, and be taught or do their own thing with music and art in a safe nourishing environment.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff and volunteers are all people with the education of young people in mind. No other organization in Sturgis offers so much in the way of talent and caring for the educational enjoyment of kids 24/7.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Purchase a building instead of renting! Give wages to the founders! Michelle could purchase necessary items for the students and Center, being diligent and looking for best prices, just as she does now. Rick could set up the best band stage for the kids.

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My experience in working with the Sturgis Center for the Arts is perfect now!! I love it.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Having to move out of the building every August for the annual Motorcycle Rally.

One thing I'd also say is that...

These are down-home, hard working people helping in the education and dreams of young people in art and music. Without this Center they have nowhere else to go.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 13, 2009

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August 13, 2009

Sturgis Center for the Arts is the only organization in the city of Sturgis that promotes integrity of its citizens for the sole purpose of enrichment. Michelle, Rick and all the volunteers have provided opportunities that people of all ages would never have been given without their vision of an arts community. What hatched the Sturgis Center for the Arts was when Michelle tried to enroll her daughter in a local music class, she was denied enrollment because the daughter was a child. This prompted Michelle to open an art facility that allowed anyone who wants to enrich their lives access to these resources. This story stands testament to the personal investment in community that Michelle felt was her responsibility when she suffered the rejection by a stagnant and selective 'community arts program.' I have worked with numerous art centers offering workshops and classes, Sturgis Center for the Arts was the only one to offer such a wide variety of music classes. Many at risk teens have found dedication in the music community built by this Center. Opportunities provided by the Center's open mic nights, battle of the bands, and Bike Art and Music (BAM) festivals provide confidence and a variety of mentors in a variety of genres.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The dedication to bringing arts to a community so sold out. There is so much integrity, especially in a town like Sturgis, in dedicating time to community enrichment.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

outstanding, talented, committed, and invested in their clients.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Be the only operating organization in town that could stay open 12 months out of the year. Provide unlimited resources to the youth and community. Share its vision of integrity of enrichment with its citizens in a newer fresher setting.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 11, 2009

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August 11, 2009

For children and adults in Sturgis and the outlying area, the Sturgis Center for the Arts is a welcoming gathering location. Activities that I have enjoyed there include: a weekly preschool art class which I took my 4 year old grandson to, Halloween storytelling by the Black Hills Storytellers,introductory painting for adults, and, most recently, teaching Spanish for the summer enrichment program as well as tutoring reading. All who enter the Center feel warmly accepted and broaden their horizons.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

offer a real After-School Program as well as Summer Enrichment Program to reach the youth of our community who are often not on anyone's priority list.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 10, 2009

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August 10, 2009

As member of the board of directors I take very little credit as to how great the center fills a niche on our community for people of all ages and walks of life. Rick and Michele Grocek had a vision and they didn't give up until they reached their goal of establishing an Art Center in Sturgis. Their leadership and dedication is an inspiration to me to keep working on a plan to see the Center grow. So many lives have been enriched through the Center. It is truly a blessing for our town.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Allowing people to receive and give art and music lessons in an environment that stimulates the creativity within. Some truly great musicians and bands have evolved through the center as well as incredibly talented artists in all mediums of art.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

pray for the multi-million dollar grant. Invest in real-estae and design a business plan that would insure its future growth in our community

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I have met so many people in the community that I may have not otherwise gotten to know. The center is a nucleus for talent and fellowship. I truly feel blessed to be apart of the plan. I hope that I can help facilitate our growth in a positive manner.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff and volunteers are among the most dedicated people I've ever worked with. I've served on several boards throughout my career, but none as dedicated and caring as the staff at the Center. I've witnessed people of all ages discover themselves.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

As a life-long resident of Sturgis and a business owner on Main St I would love to see the Center be able to buy real-estate on Main St. We host the world's largest motorcycle rally. We could rent out our real estae during the rally to fund our center.

Ways to make it better...

The center has outgrown the building in which we currently rent. We need more classroom space.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

MONEY

One thing I'd also say is that...

Having been a volunteer for several differnt clubs and organizations I know that people eventually burn-out. I so want to insure that doesn't happen to this organization. We will need to establish a long-term business plan at some time to pay the bills.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 8, 2009

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August 8, 2009

The Sturgis Center for The Arts is an amazing place that brings such a diverse population together with a common denominator- an interest in the Arts. All with a pleasant and welcoming aura. What a wonderful place for people of all ages!! Our son utilized their guitar lessons, sold an amp and participated in many "open jam" sessions. They also went out of their way to help them start a band, even going so far as to help with T-shirt sponsorship and so much more. I was able to take a group of teenagers to a community meeting, where they spoke about their passion for the Center for the Arts and discovered what advocating meant, and were so hopeful that a new building would be acquired. They also volunteered during the rally to move all of the equipment, which instilled in them a sense of community. Recently the Board I serve on (Piedmont Park Board) was able to partner with them for their BAM (Bike and Music)festival providing a place for the bikes to unload. Hopefully next year we can give them a greater send off!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Confidence building in a safe environment. Increased skills after utilizing lessons and jam sessions.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Never be able to fill their shoes. What a dynamic group!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The pride they take in providing such a valuable service to the community of Sturgis and neighboring towns as well as their sincere devotion to the Arts.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Helpful, creative, patient and skilled.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

EXPLODE!! Fostering many more people interested in the Arts~giving a creative outlet in todays hectic society and give many more people a chance to interact in the community in a positive environment.

Ways to make it better...

The place was bigger-so they could make their dreams and the visions of others into a reality.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Size and funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I wish I would be more active in helping this organization.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 8, 2009

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August 8, 2009

The Sturgis Center for the Arts has been a wonderful place for children of all ages. At anytime during the day, one might see piano lessons, watercolor art lessons, ukelele group sessions, charcoal sketching, pottery, or people gathered around sharing their lives with others. The teachers are caring and considerate of the children and adults that they teach. Tony Hill built a banjo and learned to play so he could teach my son to play. Michelle and Rick encourage good behavior in the children and young adults that like to "hang out" at the Art Center. They allow creative freedoms coupled with thoughtfulness of others. Keep up the great work--Sturgis Center for the Arts. Your work and investment in the lives of the people of our community is priceless. Nancy Vencill

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

that my children enjoy the performing arts as well as creative arts. They are more confident and sure of themselves. The teachers invest in the lives of the children.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue using people from the community to invest in the lives of children.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the commitment to opening doors of opportunity to children regardless of their social status or financial status. They want children to be a part of the arts.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, knowledgeable, and considerate of the developmental levels of children.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

have bought the historic Erskine building, renovated it, leased space to other businesses and community organizations. Otherwise, it could buy the historic bank building they are in, purchased land next door and added more rooms.

Ways to make it better...

there were more rooms for the classes to spread out.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial scholarships for students and the cost of rent on Main Street in Sturgis, SD due to the motorcycle rally every August.

One thing I'd also say is that...

our community will never be the same because of the investment of Michelle, Rick, Tony, Roxie, Emily, Jill, Kim, and other wonderful volunteers.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

August 8, 2009

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August 8, 2009

We have been so thankful for the Sturgis Center for the Arts. It has been a tremendous source for a variety of music lessons as well as a variety of art projects. My oldest daughter loves going there after school. They have also provided her with opportunities to use her music skills in the community. She's gotten the opportunity to play piano at various nursing homes in our community, as well as at a Holiday Open House that is held at our Community Center. Those experiences have been wonderful confidence builders for her. Everyone is so kind and helpful and they really try to help her reach her full artistic potential. They have been a great addition to our community! I cannot imagine our community without them!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping to develop confidence and character building in the youth of our community.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their sincerity in wanting to help bring the arts and music to the people of Sturgis.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very caring and kind, as well as encouraging to the kids.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Offer boatloads of music lessons to lots of kids who would probably participate if there was more funding available.

Ways to make it better...

A written notice when kids are going to be going and playing at different locations in the community. My daughter always forgets to tell me, and I never find out until the day of the event!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Enough volunteers and funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I have been very impressed with the wide variety of community events that you are sponsoring and trying to get the community involved in. Kudos to you!!!!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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