Teatro Chico: Living Artists

Saturday, February 27, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Our sixth installment of our Teatro Chico performance series will feature dynamic Detroit professional artists who also happen to be teaching artists for a variety of Living Arts’ programs. The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. at the Ford Resource & Engagement Center (2826 Bagley) with a hands-on art making workshop for all ages. At 7:00 p.m. Billy Mark, Audra Kubat, Stephanie Nava and Daher/Malis/Harbert will take the stage for a celebration of music, dance and poetry. A suggested donation of $5.00 per person at the door is appreciated and will help Living Arts continue our community arts programming.

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Teatro Chico: 30 Americans – Saturday, December 12

Teatro Chico: 30 Americans – Saturday, December 12
We are wrapping up the year with another installment of our Teatro Chico performance series on Saturday, December 12, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Ford Resource & Engagement Center at the Mexicantown Mercardo. A community program of the DIA’s 30 Americans exhibit, Teatro Chico: 30 Americans is an evening of art and dance featuring performances by Roberta Lucas, Sterling Toles, the Living Arts Youth Dance Ensembles,Detroit Youth Volume, A Body of Women and Jennifer Harge/Harge Dance Stories. The performance is suitable for all ages! A suggested donation of $5.00 per person to support Living Arts’ community programming is appreciated. Teatro Chico is sponsored by the Knight Arts Challenge Detroit, Ford Motor Company Fund and the Ford Resource & Engagement Center.

Teatro Chico is also a partner of the Southwest Holiday Fest. Check out all the fun in and around the Mexicantown Mercado from 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

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Living Arts Hires New Dance Program Director Marianne Brass!

Marianne Brass

Living Arts’ Dance Program Director Marianne Brass

Living Arts is thrilled to announce that long-time teaching artist Marianne Brass is taking over the role of Dance Program Director. “We interviewed many talented candidates for our new dance program director,” stated Executive Director Cara Graninger. “Fortunately one of those candidates also came from our own stable of talented teaching artists! Marianne has a keen eye for enchanting choreography, a love for our students and a commitment to the city of Detroit. We are so fortunate to be adding her to our staff.”

Marianne is a native of Warren, Michigan and is a 2011 graduate of the prestigious Maggie Allesee Department of Dance at Wayne State University. Upon earning her degree, Marianne has worked professionally in Detroit as an independent artist and educator. Previous credits include ArtLabJ, Nerve, LaMarre and Dancers, and an artist in residence program with Spread Art at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, where she collaborated with local artists to curate numerous performances. In regards to her new position, Marianne stated “I believe that arts education is important for children in our community because it plays an integral role in the development of our youth. Whether it is music, dance or visual art, students are encouraged to think abstractly. The concept of abstraction requires an individual to ‘think outside the box’ and can be a helpful tool when problem solving. Engaging children in the creative process creates a balance between fact based learning and abstract thought, and it is our duty as mentors and professionals to create an outlet in an age when so much has diminished. I’m excited to have the opportunity to grow with Living Arts and I plan to be an advocate for the arts in our community.” Welcome Marianne!

Win a Spot in a Living Arts Out-Of-School Arts Class

With the support of WDET 101.9, Living Arts is giving away an eight month Out-of-School Arts class! Classes are offered for youth 2-18 and will meet once a week. The winner will get free enrollment in the class of their choice!

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Thank you to our Media Partner WDET 101.9 for sponsoring this contest!


Out-of-School Arts School Year Program is Here!

Registration is now open for our school year Out-of-School Arts classes! This year we are continuing to offer a wide range of quality dance and art classes for ages 2-18! Classes begin Monday, September 28 and are held at the Ford Resource & Engagement Center, 2826 Bagley, Detroit 48216.

We will be holding a registration open house at the Ford Resource & Engagement Center on Saturday, September 19 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Come check out the space, meet our instructors and get signed up in person!

To register, click the link below to download a registration form. Please return registration forms to Zack Bissell, Program Manager, to secure a spot in the class. One form per student.
Por favor entregue las formas de inscripción a Zack Bissell, Coordinador de Programas, para guardar su espacio. Una hoja por cada estudiante.

Click here for the full schedule of classes and pricing information.

Click here to download the English Registration Form.

Haga clic aquí para descargar el formulario de inscripción español

Questions? Contact our out of school arts program manager Zack Bissell at 313-384-2902 or at zack@livingartsdetroit.org.

Youth Dance Ensemble Auditions & Workshops!

Do you have a passion for dance? Living Arts is holding auditions for our Youth Dance Ensembles August 27 and September 23. Join us for a Dance Intensive to prepare for your audition August 24-26.

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Living Arts 16th Annual Showcase!

16-Annual-Southwest-Dance-Showcase_800x600 Living Arts will present our 16th Annual Showcase on Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Allen Park Center for the Performing Arts. A culmination of our 2014-2015 Out-of-School Arts classes, the showcase will feature dance and visual art. Tickets are $5.00 in advance and $8.00 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased Monday – Thursday, 3:30-9:00 p.m. and Saturdays 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Ford Resource and Engagement Center, 2826 Bagley Ave, Detroit, MI, 48216. See OSA Program Manager Zack Bissell in the mail office for tickets during these times. Tickets can also be purchased online at http://livingartsshowcase.brownpapertickets.org/.

Please note that online tickets purchases will be subject to a $1.27 convenience fee per ticket.

The address for the Allen Park Performing Arts Center is 19001 Champaign, Allen Park, 48101.

Announcing Living Arts Summer Classes!

Living Arts is offering a wide variety of exciting arts classes this summer, June 22 – August 22! Whether you are in to dance or visual art, there is something for every youth, ages infant to 18 years! All classes will be held at the Ford Resource & Engagement Center, 2826 Bagley, Detroit MI 48216.

Registration begins June 1st. Click here for more information or call our Out of School Arts Program Manager Zack Bissell at 313-384-2902.

Next Teatro Chico Saturday, May 9th at 7:00 p.m.

Mother Matters is a celebration of Motherhood!

Join Living Arts for the fourth program in our Teatro Chico performance series Mother Matters! An evening of art and performance on the theme of motherhood, Mother Matters will feature Detroit artists Satori Circus, Ballet Folklorico Moyocoyani Izel, Natasha Beste, Cathy & Company, Jeneen Conley-Berry, the Matrix Teen Company and Living Arts students. The performance is suitable for children, and while there is no ticket cost we certainly appreciate donations to support our outstanding arts programming!

Please bring a picture of your mother to participate in an interactive performance piece!

Spark the Imagination! Breakfast 2015 a Huge Success!

A celebration of arts education took place on Tuesday, April 21 at our Spark the Imagination Breakfast! 2015. Held at the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design at the College for Creative Studies, a morning of great performance, testimonials and friendship was had by all!

Living Arts is grateful for the support of the community and the record number of donations raised! If you didn’t get to attend it is not too late to support arts-infused education and after school arts programming in Detroit! Click on the “Donate Now” button at the top of our home page to support youth arts education today!

Check out the Spark the Imagination Video to see the impact of Living Arts in the Detroit Community!


Thank you again to our Spark the Imagination! 2015 Sponsors!

© All photos by Julianne Lindsey Photography



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Living Arts is dedicated to strengthening the neighborhoods of Southwest Detroit by cultivating an environment that sparks the imagination and fosters ingenuity through the arts and community development initiatives.

Living Arts is a community-based nonprofit, tax exempt, 501(c)(3) organization.



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