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Dogwood salutes SMC arts support

Dogwood Fine Arts Festival, approaching its 25th anniversary in 2016, presented Southwestern Michigan College with a Commitment Award recognizing its support of the arts in Dowagiac.

Dogwood board President James Benedix made the presentation to SMC President Dr. David Mathews at the college’s Aug. 17 Board of Trustees meeting. Whether serving as a venue sponsor for storytellers or Academy Award-winner Shirley Jones to Dogwood Chorale concerts and hosting summer vocal camps, “From the beginning, we always found a way to partner,” said Bobbie Jo Hartline, festival secretary. “Your ‘Excellence with a Personal Touch’ is something to which Dogwood can relate. People feel it, return and bring a friend. We have always felt welcome on your stunning campus and know our guests do, too. SMC is very important to the community.” The non-profit arts and education event, launched in 1991, now spans 10 days.