Berrien Community Foundation: Arts Challenge

TEN Organizations- ONE Challenge! 

Water Street Glassworks is one of ten Arts organizations that have formed an alliance for a unique fundraising challenge. These ten organizations serve communities throughout  Berrien County, providing experiences in various arts disciplines for all ages. From glass-blowing to early childhood music, from captivating concerts to engaging workshops and classes, from cutting edge theatre to breathtaking galleries, these organizations need your help in reaching our goal.  

This collaborative fundraising challenge has the potential of providing $150,000 or more in much needed operating support for our organizations. Participating organizations value unity rather than competition during this financially turbulent time. Inspiring, right?

Your donation will benefit these organizations

  • The Acorn
  • ARS Gallery, Arts and Culture Center
  • The Citadel Dance and Music Center
  • Children’s Music Workshop
  • The GhostLight Theatre
  • Krasl Art Center
  • Performing Arts Workshops
  • Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra 
  • Twin City Players
  • Water Street Glassworks

The Berrien Community Foundation (BCF) has a long history of supporting the arts and wanted to ensure the arts remain a vibrant part of our community. Seeing the challenges we face with the pandemic, BCF secured an anonymous donor who shared the love of the arts and brought us together for this challenge. This donor has pledged $75,000 through BCF as a challenge gift to support the Arts organizations noted above. Will you join us? 

Collectively, we are the beating heart of cultural enrichment in Berrien County and we need your support in continuing our respective missions. 




BCF Fundraising Challenge

“The arts are such an important part of our community,” said Berrien Community Foundation President Lisa Cripps-Downey. “We have relied on the arts to inspire and entertain, especially through the stay home order. These organizations supported us with virtual concerts, classes and art gallery tours. Theater costumers have sewn thousands of masks. Now it is our turn to show that same kind of support to them.”


 Contributors may send checks to Berrien Community Foundation at 2900 S. State Street, Ste. 2E, St. Joseph, MI 49085 or donate on their website