Empowering youth through arts education.

Our professional teaching artists spark learning in classrooms and the community for youth ages 3 months to 18 years. Partnering with teachers and families, we help youth succeed in school, develop artistically, and be confident and collaborative contributors to our world.


Our vision is for all youth in Detroit to access high-quality arts education that equips them to succeed in school and in life and contribute powerfully to their community.

To that end we strive to provide exceptional and relevant youth arts education programs led by professional artists that engage and inspire youth, families and teachers.

We also strive to strengthen school and community partnerships in Detroit to maximize the benefit of our individual and collective work.


Our programs seek to empower the youth of Detroit


Detroit Wolf Trap

As the Detroit Affiliate of the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, Living Arts’ brings arts education to Head Starts, pre-school classes and the community for youth 3 months to 5 years.


Youth Classes + Workshops 

We offer a wide array of after school classes and workshops in dance, visual art, video animation & production, digital music and open studios for teens. No one is turned away for inability to pay, as we offer discounts and scholarships for those in need.

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in-school programs 

Our teaching artists take arts-infused education to schools K-12 in Metro Detroit, supporting the core curriculum and training teachers to utilize the arts in the classroom.


Community Events 

We bring the best of our students’ work and present professional Detroit artists to the community! Our events, such as our popular performance series Teatro Chico, regularly offer a hands-on art experience.