New arts in education community outreach center beginning classes Oct. 12

EVART — Visual and performing arts can provide people with a healing experience.

After years of practice, the Rev. Dan Goddard and his wife, Beth, both of whom are artists, are opening the Arts In Education Community Outreach Center. Goddard is the new pastor at the South Evart Free Methodist Church.

With a vision of creating a community setting for the arts and celebrating the creator through creation, the pastor said the mission of the center is to transform the community using the language of the arts: visual, fine, and performing.

“Through invitation into the heart and relationship we now have permission to speak truth and Jesus into the lives of our community.”

The first class is set for 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at the parsonage of the South Evart Free Methodist Church, located at 1009 90th Ave., in Evart.

The center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing art classes to all with a focus on the under-served populations in the central Michigan area who have experienced some form of trauma, including war veterans, at-risk youth and survivors of domestic violence or sexual abuse.

Goddard said the mission is to utilize the visual and performing arts to provide a healing experience for participants that will enhance their physical, mental and emotional well-being.

The outreach center is for all belief systems and will be an outlet for people to have fun, bring hope and healing.

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