Sunshine Arts envisions a community of families and neighbors connected by a deep reverence for all life. All people should be empowered to live successful, productive lives.
The mission of Sunshine Arts is to assist children and community members in developing tools that enable them to succeed academically and become constructive members of society. We lead by example and provide a safe, nurturing environment for students to grow and explore their creative expression.
What Is Sunshine Arts?
Sunshine Arts is an inspired artist in residence and outreach outlet where neighborhood children can gather and learn the wonderful worlds of art, science, nature, literature, dance, and music.
Ms. Sheila Modglin started Sunshine Arts at 41 Sunshine Road in the summer of 2004. She invited children from the neighborhood to listen to stories as they sat around the fish pond in the front yard. The kids enjoyed helping to water the plants and feed the fish.
Since then the organization has grown significantly. Now, resident artists Mr. Patrick O’Banion, Ms. Kat Lehmer, and Mr. Fen Jeeters teach classes to children of all ages from the community. Classes are scheduled after school during the week and on Saturdays. Regardless of the listed class schedule, children come to Sunshine Arts daily to talk, do crafts or get help with homework. Often, they enjoy Mr. Patrick’s fresh baked bread, homemade soup, cookies, or other wholesome snacks when they visit.
The goal of Sunshine Arts is to enhance the education and personal growth of our future generations. Executive director, Sheila Modglin grew up with a very strong sense of community within her family; “We would do any thing for each other. I want to share the sense of community that I have in my life with all the beautiful people right here surrounding this home. The house itself is a manifestation of living art and was accomplished through hard work from my generous and creative family and friends.”