“I am the greatest.”
This statement, made famous by boxer Muhammad Ali, has taken on a new meaning in Benton Harbor thanks to a local business owner and art enthusiast.
Anna Russo-Sieber is the owner of the ARS Arts and Culture Center in the Arts District of the city. A hot spot for arts and culture, the non-profit organization and gallery is also the home of the “I Am The Greatest” Project, named for the famous mantra from the celebrity with ties to Southwest Michigan
Russo-Sieber is a lifelong resident of the area, having grown up in Benton Harbor. Inspired by artistic and creative parents, art has been an integral part of her life, leading her to many opportunities to teach and develop youth programming.
The year she opened the ARS Gallery (2010), she leased space to run a two-week long experimental summer camp. Reaching out to the local community through the Boys and Girls Club, she enticed 23 area youth to participate in the first session.
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