Living Arts exists to strengthen the urban neighborhoods of Southwest Detroit by cultivating an environment that sparks the imagination and fosters ingenuity through the arts and community development initiatives.
At the heart of the Living Arts mission is the belief that the mastery of artistic skills should benefit individual creative pursuit and help to develop the broader community. Today, our commitment to youth development and cultural enrichment significantly impacts Southwest Detroit.
Living Arts strives to create a safe, inspiring and engaging environment for youth, and adults alike, to experience the joys of the arts. Beyond learning in the arts, students acquire skills that help them to develop into mature, confident, expressive participants of the community.
In keeping with our pursuit of excellence, we employ professional and developing artists to share their expertise and experience in an engaging way that creates an atmosphere filled with fun, respect and creativity where the students are motivated to excel in all areas of their lives.
We aim to inspire individuals and families to gain a vision of life filled with creativity and purpose. To that end we work to toward the following:
- Youth have the skills, capacity, and confidence required for long-term personal success and healthy, fulfilling lives.
- Safe high-quality and affordable after-school opportunities for arts and cultural practice, especially dance, are available to everyone, regardless of age and ability-level.
- The arts are consistently and effectively utilized in the classroom to assist artists and teachers to pilot innovative curriculum that improves student performance.
- The community gathers regularly in public projects and celebrations that strengthen diversity and enhance neighborhood cohesion.