Art calendar

Auditions for “Shutting Down Christmas”
Saturday, October 8th at 1pm &
Sunday, October 9th at 2pm

Award-winning, South Haven playwright and author, Linda LaRocque, has written a play entitled “Shutting Down Christmas.” The play will be performed Saturday, December 10th, and Sunday, December 11th at the Box Factory for the Arts. Faith E. Schroeder-Smith will be the director. Auditions for this heartwarming play will be held at the Box Factory for the Arts on October 8th at 1pm, and October 9th at 2pm. If you or your child can audition both days, that would be prefered, but is not required. The production team will be looking for strengths in vocal projection, facial expression and characterization.

“Shutting Down Christmas” is a two act play that draws you in and touches your heart. The production begins with ​Santa ​ and ​Christmas Spirit ​ meeting for coffee at a diner in the North Pole. ​Santa ​ and ​Spirit ​ are sad because children and adults don’t seem to appreciate the Christmas season anymore. Both characters are ready to give up on Christmas, but then ​Belle the waitress ​ comes over and reminds ​Spirit ​ and ​Santa ​ about how they saved a young family and their holiday spirit.

There are eleven characters in the play: all of various ages and personality types. Santa, Spirit, Elf, Mrs. Crouch and Belle the waitress are aged from teen to adult. Mrs. Crouch has a hearing problem, and is the next door neighbor to the young family. The young family includes three children of elementary school age. Their character names are Travis, Trent and Tara. Their parents are Tommy and Laurie who are a young couple. They are hard working and stressed. Money is a big issue with Laurie. Tommy is pretty easy going.

Linda LaRocque’s plays have been produced in theaters throughout the United States. Her dramatic works are published by Playscripts and Art Age Publishing Companies. In addition, she has written numerous short stories for Guideposts, Signs of The Times and The Chicken Soup For The Soul series.

Friday, September 23, 6-11pm
$25 single ticket, $40 couple ticket

Arts Bash

The Box Factory for the Arts is hosting a party the likes of which this community has never seen. ​‘Get into the Box’ for a celebration like no other! This atypical and quirky fundraiser will delight and surprise. ​Almost every inch of the 55,000 square­foot building will be transformed into an interactive arts space.​

The Arts Bash features all of the arts: everything from live music to visual arts, from theatre to culinary arts. All proceeds will be put towards matching the 2016 grant awarded to the Box Factory by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA.) This grant will be used to fund events, art classes, culinary classes, concerts, theatre productions, independent films, and other exciting new programming that is in the works at the Box Factory for the Arts.

At Arts Bash, guests will have the opportunity to show off their creative skills by participating in any of our hand’s­on ‘creation stations’. These ‘creation stations’ range from painting martini glasses to creating lampshade hats. Guests will also be able to make their mark on an in­house graffiti wall. A henna artist will draw on willing guests while dancers from ‘I Am Saving Myself’ and ‘Fusion’ perform throughout the space. Additionally, guests will have the opportunity to act! Theatrical cast members will perform scenes from an upcoming play, and guests will be able to stand in for the character they choose.

Too much activity for you? Try relaxing in one of the many cocktail lounges while sipping an ‘Artini’, listen to live music, or enjoy bourbon tastings after eating delicious bacon ‘flights.’ Snack on samples of many different styles of food, and have an entrée of your favorite! Stop by the coffee bar for an energy boost. When you’ve caught your second wind, play a game of cornhole indoors. At 10pm, join us for an after party in the sky lounge and dance with a live DeeJay. It’s going to be a rad night.

Book your babysitters now! This party is not for children, but is for those who are young at heart.



Make your donation a double in 2016!

We have two exciting opportunities for your gifts to the Box Factory for the Arts. Recently, we were awarded TWO grants -

1. Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs awarded us $18,000 for operations (new events, programming, concerts, etc) at the Box Factory

2. The Frederick S. Upton Foundation awarded us $4,000 for a classroom upgrade in our Gast Classroom at the Box Factory

Both of these amazing grants are matching funds - which means for every $1 you donate toward either opportunity, you are really giving us $2! Please consider making your tax deductible donation today.

All donations are tax deductible because we are a 501 (c) (3) non-profit.

You can donate any way you want: send in a check to 1101 Broad Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085; call us and we'll take your credit or debit card right over the phone; or donate now with PayPal:


In the Galleries - August 26 - October 10, 2016

Robert Campsmith Photography in the Robert Williams Gallery; Jeff and Theresa Heaton Mixed Media Show in the Heartha Whitlow Gallery; Joan Cuson Paintings in the Riverwalk Gallery. Opening reception from 5:30-7:30 pm on Aug. 26

Face Off with Bob Williams - August 20

WHAT: FACE OFF at the Box Factory for the Arts
WHEN: 5:30PM Saturday, August 20th
WHERE: Box Factory for the Arts, 1101 Broad St., St. Joseph
COST: $5 cover

Enjoy an art-filled evening at the Box Factory! This exciting portrait drawing event gives you the chance to experience art created right before your eyes. Stroll through the many galleries in the Box Factory for the Arts to watch local portrait artists in action, painting and drawing from live models. See how each artist interprets the same model differently in their unique style. The artists will work in the medium of their choice.

“Our first FACE OFF event was an overwhelming success for both the artists and visitors. It will be a fun and rewarding evening for all.”

- Bob Williams, Box Factory artist and Board Member

“It’s interesting because it’s people looking at the same thing and not seeing the same thing. That is what’s fun for the viewer, whether it’s ‘Are they looking at the same thing I am?’ or ‘I didn’t notice that.’ ... That’s what I do to poor Bob. I’ll stand behind him and look at the model and say to him, ‘The nose is too big.’”

- Elaine Harju, Box Factory artist

This will be the third time the Box Factory for the Arts has hosted the FACE OFF. This time, visitors will have the opportunity to try their hand at portrait drawing. A few easels with blank pages will be set up among the artists, and daring guests will be able to draw the models as well. This event is free and open to the public, so come enjoy a glass of wine or local craft beer at this atypical and exciting event.

New Culinary Classes - June 16, July 28, Aug 10-12

Artistic Collaboration, fuels Creative Culinary Exploration with our New Culinary Classes.

Join Culinary Chef Tara Newman of Delicious Deliveries, as she presents hands on classes here at the Box Factory for the Arts. Registration and pre-payment is required. Call the Box Factory to secure your space. 983-3688

June 16th- 6-8pm. Salad’s & Smoothie’s.
Warm weather is just starting; let’s kick off summer with healthy eating and cooking! Class is hands on, as you’ll learn how to properly layer ingredients for healthy drinks. Experiment with home made dressings and delicious salad combinations.
Class Fee: $40 per person.

July 28th- 6-8pm. Room 4 Dessert!
If you have a bit of a sweet tooth, you won’t want to miss this class. Sweetbread, original cake recipes, tart technique and pie crust. Class is hands on, you’ll never buy boxed again.
Class Fee: $48 per person.

Aug 10, 11, 12th. 9-1 pm. Kids Cooking Camp, A Culinary Expedition!
We’ll explore cooking techniques, various recipes from baking to healthy eating, trying favorite foods in new creative ways. Our expedition beyond cooking will lead kids to planting, painting, pottery, and crafting recycled art.

These camp days will be hands on and full of non-stop fun. Open to ages- 7 & up.
3 day Class fee- $140 per person.




While you're at the box

Visit artists at work in the Box Factory's Artist Studios
Music, Film, and Theatre schedule



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