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Creative Connections

earn prizes while enjoying the arts and culture of Southwest Michigan

The beauty and vibrancy of Lake Michigan, the serenity of our countryside and the rich stories of our past inspire us. Now you can connect with the artists, actors, musicians and dreamers that call this area home.

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creative connections

faqs

how to take the

Creative Connections challenge

1

get your
brochure

Visit any of the Creative Connections destinations or the Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council to get a game brochure. Use the Creative Connections brochure to keep track of where you have traveled and collect destination stamps from May 1, 2024-April 30, 2025. (You must be 18 years or older to play.)

2

collect
stamps

Whenever you visit a participating destination, make sure to get your brochure stamped by an employee. Each destination has a unique stamp. The more stamps you collect, the more prizes you can earn. (Duplicate stamps are not allowed.)

3

complete
levels

Level 1: Collect 3 different destination stamps to complete.
Level 2: Collect 3 more different destination stamps to complete.
Hotel Level: Stay in one of our hotels after completing Level 1 or 2. Ask for a receipt to include as proof of your stay. The name on the receipt must match the name on the creative license.
Complete ALL the levels for entry into the Grand Prize drawing.

4

earn
prizes

To redeem your prizes, fill out the creative license form in the brochure and mail your entire brochure to the Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council for validation by May 6, 2025. (This offer is good while prize supplies last.)

prizes you can earn

$15 gift card to a Creative Connections destination of your choice.

level 1

$15 gift card to a Creative Connections destination of your choice

$30 gift card to a Creative Connections destination of your choice.

level 2

$30 gift certificate to a Creative Connections destination of your choice

$75 Love Local SWMI Gift Card (redeemable at participating St. Joe Today member locations)

hotel prize

$75 Love Local SWMI Gift Card (redeemable at participating St. Joe Today member locations)

Creative Connections

destinations

ARS Gallery, Arts and Culture Center

ARS Gallery, Arts and Culture Center

147 5th St.
Benton Harbor
269-363-4740

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Berrien County Historical Association

Berrien County Historical Association

313 N Cass St
Berrien Springs
269-471-1202

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Box Factory for the Arts

Box Factory for the Arts

1101 Broad Street
St. Joseph
269-983-3688

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Chartreuse

Chartreuse

304 State Street
St. Joseph
269-983-0931

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Citadel Dance & Music Center

Citadel Dance & Music Center

204 Water Street
Benton Harbor
269-925-1099

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CPR Dance: Inhale Movement

CPR Dance: Inhale Movement

4184 N. Roosevelt Road
Stevensville
269-287-8959

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Fernwood Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve

Fernwood Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve

13988 Range Line Road
Niles
269-695-6491

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Filkins Vineyards

Filkins Vineyards

6991 Ryno Rd
Coloma
269-468-WINE

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Fusion Gallery and Studio

Fusion Gallery and Studio

9723 Red Arrow Hwy
Bridgman
773-882-9407

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Golden Muse Winery

Golden Muse Winery

8903 Stevensville - Baroda Rd
Baroda
269-422-5336

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Inn at Harbor Shores

Inn at Harbor Shores

800 Whitwam Drive
St. Joseph
269-983-1111

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JLN Studio

JLN Studio

2642 W John Beers Rd
Stevensville
269-598-2464

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Krasl Art Center

Krasl Art Center

707 Lake Boulevard
St. Joseph
269-983-0271

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Morton House Museum

Morton House Museum

501 Territorial Road
Benton Harbor
269-313-2106

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Niles History Center

Niles History Center

508 E. Main Street
Niles
269-845-4054

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North Berrien Historical Museum

North Berrien Historical Museum

300 Coloma Ave
Coloma
269-468-3330

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Rebecca's Ceramics

Rebecca's Ceramics

4383 Lake St.
Bridgman
269-612-7492

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Roti Roti Art Center of Buchanan

Roti Roti Art Center of Buchanan

117 W. Front Street
Buchanan
269-697-4005

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Silver Beach Carousel

Silver Beach Carousel

333 Broad Street
St. Joseph
269-982-8500

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Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra

Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra

513 Ship Street
St. Joseph
269-982-4030

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The Acorn

The Acorn

107 Generations Drive
Three Oaks
269-756-3879

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The Culinary Cottage

The Culinary Cottage

301 Main St.
St. Joseph
269-449-0867

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The GhostLight Theatre

The GhostLight Theatre

101 Hinkley Street
Benton Harbor
269-252-5222

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The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center

The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center

601 Main Street
St. Joseph
269-983-1191

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The Lilac Loft

The Lilac Loft

418 State Street
St. Joseph

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Twin City Players

Twin City Players

600 W. Glenlord Road
St. Joseph
269-429-0400

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Water Street Glassworks

Water Street Glassworks

140 Water Street
Benton Harbor
269-925-5555

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creative connections

events

Lake Painting
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2642 W John Beers
Stevensville

New Lake Painting Class

Starts 6:00pm
May 30

Kyshona
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107 Generations Drive
Three Oaks

Kyshona at The Acorn

8:00pm - 11:00pm
May 31

MAAC in The Box
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1101 Broad Street
St. Joseph

MAAC in The Box

9:00am - 4:00pm
May 31

Kids Sailboat Painting class
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2642 W John Beers Rd
Stevensville

Kids Sailboat Painting Class

1:00pm - 2:30pm
Jun 02

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2688 Kimmel St
Stevensville

Season Launch Fundraising Brunch

11:00am - 1:00pm
Jun 02

Watermelon Gnome Painting JLN Studio
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2642 W John Beers Rd
Stevensville

Watermelon Gnome Painting

6:00pm - 9:00pm
Jun 06

Morton House today
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501 Territorial
Benton Harbor

Exhibit Opening and Talk: A Demisemiseptcentennial Celebration--175 Years at the Morton House

7:00pm - 8:29pm
Jun 06

Morton House today
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501 Territorial
Benton Harbor

Exhibit Opening and Talk--"A Demisemiseptcentennial Celebration: 175 Years at the Morton House"

7:00pm - 8:00pm
Jun 06

MAAC in The Box
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1101 Broad Street
St. Joseph

MAAC in The Box

9:00am - 4:00pm
Jun 07

Children in ARS Gallery for summer camp
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147 Fifth St
Benton Harbor

Summer Camp I: Youth Camp Portugal 2024

12:00pm - 4:00pm
Jun 09

Children in ARS Gallery for summer camp
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147 Fifth St
Benton Harbor

Summer Camp I: Youth Camp Portugal 2024

12:00pm - 4:00pm
Jun 10

Children in ARS Gallery for summer camp
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147 Fifth St
Benton Harbor

Summer Camp I: Youth Camp Portugal 2024

12:00pm - 4:00pm
Jun 11

Forest Tree Art Class
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2642 W John Beers Rd
Stevensville

Forest Tree Painting Class

6:00pm - 8:30pm
Jun 11

Children in ARS Gallery for summer camp
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147 Fifth St
Benton Harbor

Summer Camp I: Youth Camp Portugal 2024

12:00pm - 4:00pm
Jun 12

Riding the Rails
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501 Territorial
Benton Harbor

"Riding the Rails: Traces of the North Berrien Interurban"

7:00pm - 8:30pm
Jun 13

Children in ARS Gallery for summer camp
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147 Fifth St
Benton Harbor

Summer Camp I: Youth Camp Portugal 2024

12:00pm - 4:00pm
Jun 13

MAAC in The Box
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1101 Broad Street
St. Joseph

MAAC in The Box

9:00am - 4:00pm
Jun 14

AMF 24
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107 Generations Drive
Three Oaks

2024 Acorn Music Festival

5:00pm - 11:00pm
Jun 14 - Jun 16

AMF 24
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107 Generations Drive
Three Oaks

2024 Acorn Music Festival

5:00pm - 11:00pm
Jun 15 - Jun 17

AMF 24
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107 Generations Drive
Three Oaks

2024 Acorn Music Festival

5:00pm - 11:00pm
Jun 16 - Jun 18

MAAC in The Box
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1101 Broad Street
St. Joseph

MAAC in The Box

9:00am - 4:00pm
Jun 21

Kids Summer Art Camp
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2642 W John Beers Rd
Stevensville

Kids Summer Art Camp 2024

10:00am - 12:00pm
Jun 24

MAAC in The Box
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1101 Broad Street
St. Joseph

MAAC in The Box

9:00am - 4:00pm
Jun 28

Morton House today
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501 Territorial
Benton Harbor

175th Birthday Party for the Morton House

2:00pm - 4:00pm
Jun 29

creative connections

faqs

What dates does Creative Connections run this year?

From May 1, 2024-April 30, 2025.

Where can I pick up a Creative Connections brochure?

Pick up a brochure at any Creative Connections destination or the Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council (2300 Pipestone Rd., Benton Harbor). You can also request a brochure online.

I forgot to get a stamp when I visited a destination. Can I still count it?

You cannot request a stamp retroactively. In order to earn a stamp, you must ask for one when you visit the Creative Connections destination.

I've only finished the first level. Can I still get my prize?

While we encourage you to complete all levels and explore the creative destinations in Southwest Michigan, you don't have to complete every level. If you only finish the first level, follow the directions and send in your brochure to get a prize!

How do I earn the hotel prize?

Stay in any hotel listed here. The name on this receipt must match the name on your creative license. Include the hotel receipt when you turn in your brochure for validation.

What prizes can I win?

Depending on which levels you complete, you have the ability to win the following: a $15 or $30 gift card to a Creative Connections destination of your choice, a $75 Love Local SWMI gift card, and our Grand Prize, a two-night, all-inclusive hotel package for two people.

How do I receive my prizes?

In order to redeem your prizes, fill out the creative license form and mail your entire brochure to the Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council for validation by May 6, 2025. (This offer is good while prize supplies last).

If you still have questions about Creative Connections, Please reach out.

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