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#GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities; it provides a platform for them to encourage the donation of time, resources and talents to address local challenges. It also brings together the collective power of a unique blend of partners— nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses and corporations, as well as families and individuals—to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness.


Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources.


As a global movement, #GivingTuesday unites countries around the world by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another.


The Saginaw Art Museum is a 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed.

Your gift to the museum supports museum programming for adults and children with a special emphasis on the underserved population.


Ways to Give

Mail: Download the Donation Form, complete and return the form to:

Saginaw Art Museum
1126 North Michigan Avenue
Saginaw, MI 48602-4763

Phone: Contact the Museum at 989.754.2491.

Online:  Online giving is conducted using our secure Paypal account. 


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Join us in celebrating the culture and history of the Saginaw Valley, and the hard working laborers whose grit and determination laid the foundation for our great community! The Saginaw Art Museum invites you to Take Part in the Art by supporting The Last Whistle project, honoring our industrial past and our commitment to arts and culture.

The Last Whistle sculpture, created by artist Ken Newman, is a tribute to those gentlemen who worked with their hands, proud of what they produced. Personal ambitions were sacrificed to better provide security for their family. Many loved the occupation, others the quality of life. A time when a fair days pay equals a modest family vacation, a college fund and retirement/security. The sculpture is a wonderful depiction of Saginaw’s blue-collar history and is a logical addition to the Saginaw Art Museum permanent collection. The artist, Ken Newman, is a widely celebrated artist whose work has received numerous awards and been displayed throughout the country at several fine art museums.  We are honored to be the recipient of his beautiful bronze sculpture as a gift from the Jury Foundation and pleased to accession it into our permanent collection.

The Last Whistle will be displayed in a unique landscape at the front of the museum, to show respect and appreciation for the blue collar workforce. Bricks are being sold to fill the landscaping space with honor and memories of friends, family, and Labor groups that have helped to build our country into what it is today! Options of large, medium and small bricks range in pricing from $50- $250+ and can be engraved your personal message.

Follow the links below to download the brick order forms:

Brick Form

Order Form


Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 6:00-8:00pm 

Presenting Sponsors & Guests, Corporate Sponsors & Individual Sponsors

The 2014 Cheeseburgers in Margaritaville VIP Night features easy listening music by Molly McFadden, delicious food by Horizons Conference Center, and live art by Susie McColgan - watch as she transforms an Adirondack chair into a masterpiece! The evening is ideal for networking and mingling among guests. 

VIP Night is exclusively for Cheeseburgers in Margaritaville sponsors - the event allows sponsors to network and enjoy the event in a quieter setting than Friday's Parrot Head Night. 

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the 2014 Cheeseburgers in Margaritaville event, click here to download the form. Please call the Museum at 989.754.2491 or email  with any questions. 


4th Annual Festival

June 11-16, 2018


Following the success of 2017's festival, which brought over 60 artists to the region, the 2018 Great Lakes Bay En Plein Air Festival will once again celebrate the art of plein air painting and the beauty of the Great Lakes Bay Region. For seven days this June, artists from around the nation will capture the diverse beauty of Saginaw, Bay and Midland counties, resulting in exhibitions at the Saginaw Art Museum and other nearby venues.The week long festival will include kid's activities, art fairs, speakers, workshops, quick paints and fun for all ages across the region.

En Plein Air: French expression meaning “in the open air” used to describe painting outdoors, which involves all of the senses. Artists create a painting expressing the mood of a scene which often includes not only the sights, but also the sounds, temperature, atmosphere and changing light. Plein air painting includes any subject matter observed outdoors, including, but not limited to architecture, people, and landscapes. 



Click HERE for the list of awards from the 2017 Great Lakes Bay En Plein Air Festival! 


Previous Years:

2016 Festival Winners & Sponsors

2015 Festival Winners & Sponsors





Friday, March 7, 2014 - 6:30-9:30pm

Escape to a tropical paradise inside the Saginaw Art Museum! A laid-back atmosphere with tropical decor is the scene that transports everyone to the exotic destination of their dreams. From palm trees and themed bars to live music and coastal art, Cheeseburgers in Margaritaville has a boat load of island character and Caribbean food and entertainment for everyone.

Featuring music and live art performance by Empty Canvas! Enjoy cheeseburgers and margaritas!

Don't miss the auction Adirondack chairs, designed by regional artists especially for the Saginaw Art Museum and the 2014 Cheeseburgers in Margaritaville event! 

Tropical Attire Suggested.

Your support helps to provide Art for All at the Saginaw Art Museum. All funds raised through the Cheeseburgers in Margaritaville event help us build quality art education and exhibition programs for Museum’s 2014-2015 fiscal year.