CAN Art & Design is a free after-school and summer art & design program to youth in the Washtenaw County, Michigan area. A subsidiary program of Community Action Network (CAN), we currently operate in five sites: Mitchell and Brick Elementary Schools, and Green Baxter Court, Hikone, and Bryant Community Centers.

We believe that after-school art & design can serve as catalysts for engaging young designers, thinkers, and leaders to create real work that makes a big difference in our community.

Why Art?

Respected studies that support the effectiveness of arts-infused education methodologies are listed below:

 

In-school arts education and academic achievement: A child fixed effects approach (2018) 

Arts education positively predicted academic achievement and growth in reading and mathematics from kindergarten to 5th-grade. 

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10632913.2018.1423595

 

Arts Integration: A Promising Approach to Improving Early Learning (2016) 

Research has found that arts integration has great potential for improving student learning in multiple disciplines. 

https://www.air.org/resource/arts-integration-promising-approach-improving-early-learning

 

Dana Consortium study Learning, Arts and the Brain (2008) 

Cognitive neuroscientists at seven major universities found strong links between arts education and cognitive development.

https://www.dana.org/uploadedFiles/News_and_Publications/Special_Publications/Learning,%20Arts%20and%20the%20Brain_ArtsAndCognition_Compl.pdf

OUR TEAM

ADVISORY COUNCIL

Joan Binkow

FOUNDER

 

Derrick Miller

COMMUNITY ACTION NETWORK

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

 

Chris Seguin

CHAIR

Marsha Chamberlin

Matt Hilton

Kevin Karr

Louise Lutton

Quincy Northrup

Deb Polich

Mike Savitski

 

Annmarie Savitski

DIRECTOR OF CAN ART & DESIGN

Laura Amtower

EDUCATION SPECIALIST

Katie Williams

PROGRAM ASSISTANT

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