Providing teens of Southwest Michigan the tools and training to explore and develop their artistic talents and creative expression in a safe and supportive environment. We encourage our students to find their voice through music, dance, painting, and other artistic forms; with faith-based values at our core.
2022 Financial Goals
Contribute at least $50,000 and up to half of our raised funds toward the purchase of instruments, lessons, and other direct youth arts programming in Southwest Michigan.
Put at least half of total profits into savings for the longer-term goal of establishing a physical location for Luc’s Light art center in Southwest Michigan.
To maintain a low cost, high profit ratio where all profits go directly toward these goals.
CHECKS CAN BE SENT TO:
Luc's Light Youth Music and Arts Foundation
PO Box 85
Mattawan, MI 49079
Provide Lessons for children ages 12-20; beginning with guitar and later to include other instruments and art forms like: voice, dance, fine arts, writing, and more.
Make a safe and enriching environment for any child age 12-20 in our area interested in personal growth through artistic instruction amongst supportive instructors and peers.
Provide Instruments to young individuals and music groups of Southwest Michigan where there is need, for instruction and performing.
Establish physical locations, beginning in Southwest Michigan where students can go after school for safe and supportive instruction in the arts and socialize with peers in a safe environment.
We have established Luc’s Light to make beauty from broken.
Luciano Clayton Schincariol was an 18-year-old recent honors graduate of Paw Paw High School. One of his first passions growing up was the bass guitar. He began lessons at 14. He became proficient and by sixteen was an exceptionally talented and unique musician. He played all 4 years in the high school Jazz Band and more recently in the youth band at Red Arrow Ministries. His family will tell you that much of his best riffs were played in his bedroom where he practiced constantly with distinctive styles, including that of Les Claypool (Primus), Maynard James Keenan and Justin Chancellor (Tool). He later taught himself the keyboard and became a strong creative writer. He was a great artist, making cartoons and painting. “I’ve read every book and played every video game I own, so I might as well learn to paint,” he said for a class art project.
Luc was kind and helpful. He volunteered with church and service groups and was always willing and eager to help his neighbors with chores or even watching their kids. Luc was an organized and dedicated student. Luc’s English teacher formally credited him with helping complete his doctoral thesis. Luc later won The English Department Student of the Year Award. Luc enrolled with The College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University to begin in the fall of 2021. He announced at a scholarship award event that he wanted “to write screenplays and music.”
Like most 18-year-olds, Lucas had pressures and concerns at home, work, friends, and the many new challenges of leaving for college. His generation also has the added stress of isolation from friends, teachers, and traditions for much of two years during Covid protocols. Luc was alone the night of June 24th, 2021, when his actions led to fatal injuries. He suffered third degree burns over his entire body. No one knows exactly what Luc was thinking or feeling that evening. We do know that he was miraculously able to get himself to a phone and make a call for help. Luc was not done. He knows there is more help and love to continue offering his friends and neighbors.
On theater stages around the world there is a light. A light placed on the stage after the curtain closes and the performers and audience members have gone home. This light illuminates an otherwise dark auditorium. It helps guide and keep any person who might come onto stage safe from the edge.
We are Luc’s Light. A Light for teens of Southwest Michigan to come and navigate our world stage in safety amongst a caring cast.
Luc’s Light Youth Music & Arts Foundation continues his creative nature and helpfulness. Luc told his father once on a trip to Washington D.C. at age 15, where he asked his dad to take him to art museums after looking at monuments and the Capitol; “When I grow up, I want to do something significant”. Luc is an angel now. A guiding light. Please help us to make his impact more significant than even he could have imagined.
The Schincariol Family and Board of Luc's Light Youth Music & Arts Foundation