18th Annual Student Showcase
Jun
11
2:00 pm14:00

18th Annual Student Showcase

  • Allen Park Center for the Performing Arts

The culmination of Living Arts’ after school arts classes, the showcase will feature dance, video animation and visual art presentations from our students. 

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online or in person Monday  - Friday, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Ford Resource & Engagement Center, 2826 Bagley, Southwest Detroit. Tickets are $5.00 in advance, $8.00 at the door, and children 6 and under get in free. Living Arts’ after school arts program is funded by the Ford Motor Company Fund, the Skillman Foundation, the Dresner Foundation, Jubiliation Foundation and Ideal Group. Additional support is provided by the Ford Resource & Engagement Center.  

Living Arts’ students participate in a wide array of class offerings after school and on weekends at the Ford Resource & Engagement Center. Instruction in multiple disciplines is offered, including video animation, song writing and recording, visual arts, multimedia art and dance. Classes are available for ages 3 – 18 years, and no one is ever turned away due to financial constraints. Students who need financial assistant are given a variety of discounts and scholarships. In addition to classes, students have the opportunity to perform and present their work in and around the city. Living Arts’ dance ensembles have performed at Music Hall, Detroit Noel Night, Wayne State University & Marygrove College.  The Fever Dance Troupe recently won 1st place at the Kids Artistic Revue competition, a national event for youth dance troupes.


Living Arts' Detroit Wolf Trap Book Debut
Apr
27
11:00 am11:00

Living Arts' Detroit Wolf Trap Book Debut

  • Ford Resource & Engagement Center

You are invited to celebrate the debut of our book Living Arts' Detroit Wolf Trap: Empowering Early Learners, their teachers, and Families through the Performing Arts. The event will feature reflections from the authors of the book, a look at a Detroit Wolf Trap experience for children, and a panel discussion with early learning experts and leading advocates. The book debut is also a partner of the Hope Starts Here first annual Detroit Day of the Young Child. This event is free and open to the public and the media. Light refreshments will be served.

Register for the event

Our Detroit Wolf Trap Program is funded by The United Way of Southeastern Michigan's Social Innovation Fund grant, Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan, PNC Foundation, MGM Resorts Foundation and Metro West Chapter of Credit Unions. 

Living Arts' Detroit Wolf Trap Program is an affiliate of the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts. The Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts is a program of the National Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. 

Teatro Chico: [Other] Americans
Mar
25
6:00 pm18:00

Teatro Chico: [Other] Americans

  • Ford Resource & Engagement Center

Living Arts is pleased to present Teatro Chico: [Other] Americans on Saturday, March 25.  [Other] Americans features stories on the American experience from a variety of cultural backgrounds. An evening of spoken word and poetry, this Teatro Chico performance seeks to answer the question "what defines us as Americans?" The performance features Detroit artists Sakila Islam, Zain Ali Shamoon, and Brendan Asante. The event will also include a clay art activity led by Ladybug Studios.

A suggested donation of $10.00 per adult to support Living Arts' community programming is appreciated. Youth are free.

This event is recommended for ages 13 and up. There will be a Q&A with the artists after the performances.

Living Arts' Teatro Chico series is sponsored by the Ford Motor Company Fund, Ideal Group and the Jubilation Foundation. 

About The Artists:

Brendan Asante is a Ghanaian vocalist/musician born and raised in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Graduating from the University of Michigan in 2014 for Jazz Studies as a vocalist, Asante started his practice as a solo artist thought the art of glossolalia - a term used to describe the phenomenon of speaking in tongues. Using his Ghanaian heritage as an influence, Brendan sung in phrases and syllables that appeared to have words hidden inside of them - leaving the listener to place their words on his phrases in an effort to connect with what they "think" he's saying. Creating an avenue to establish a deeper relationship with the listener as a result, this is evident in his release called 'The Ladyfriends Collection' - a series containing 11 textured vignettes that pair female names with descriptive phrases. From "ephemeral emily" to "I Know, Imani", Brendan can be heard mumbling or belting in his own language, using melody as the driver of everything else. This artistry gradually developed into fuller collaborations with artists such as Atu, Dpat, River Tiber, Kaytranada, Waajeed, and more. Asante released "Rejection", a batch of b-sides from his hard drive, in 2016. In 2017, he released his first formal single ever, called "I Can Tell", as the first song from his latest project ACT I: Reflections – EP.  Songs from the EP will be released in tandem with a developing visual storyboard on his Instagram and a more expansive experience located on his website -mindofasante.com

Sakila Islam is a spoken word poet who has been performing since she was 12 years old. A Bangladeshi immigrant and graduate of Detroit Public Schools, Sakila strives to tell the stories of both halves of her identity and combine the east and west through her work; she focuses on giving a voice to those who don't have a platform to speak. Currently, a sophomore at the University of Michigan, Sakila recently performed at the White House as part of the Generational Experiences of Asian Americans event, and has attended the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam for the past two years as a youth poet representative of Team Detroit through InsideOut Literary Arts. 

Zain Ali Shamoon is a proud Muslim American and spoken word crime fighter.  In more professional terms, he is a doctoral candidate in Human Development and Family Studies from Michigan State University (MSU). He earned his masters in Couples and Family Therapy from MSU in 2011, and is in the midst of analyzing his dissertation regarding domestic violence survivorship stories in the Midwest US South Asian community. Zain has long engaged at the nucleus of storytelling – a storyteller in his own right as a long time spoken-word and hip hop artist, as well as a director of student theatre showcases at MSU. He is the co-founder and host of Narratives of Pain, a non-profit focused on creating showcases for reclamation and healing, where there is a line-up of stories for survivors and disenfranchised members of society, as well as those reeling from trauma.

Photo credit: Inner City Muslim Action Network

 

Teatro Chico: All People, All Art
Jan
28
6:00 pm18:00

Teatro Chico: All People, All Art

  • Ford Resource & Engagement Center

Living Arts presents the next installment of our community performance series, Teatro Chico, on Saturday, January 28 at 6:00 p.m.  All People, All Art will highlight the work of our talented teaching artists, featuring Mahogany Jones, Emilio Rodriguez with Black & Brown Theatre, Ramona Burns with Hands-On Folktales and the Living Arts' Youth Dance Ensembles.

The evening will consist of Hip-Hop performance that pairs folklore with boom bap by Mahogany Jones, the choreopoem Dance Again, by Black & Brown Theatre, the interactive story One Cowry Shell by Hands-On Folktales, and an original dance by our youth dance ensembles.

A suggested donation of $10.00 per adult to support Living Arts' community programming is appreciated. Youth are free.

This event is recommended for ages 13 and up.

Living Arts' Teatro Chico series is sponsored by the Ford Motor Company Fund and the Ideal Group.

 
Teatro Chico - Dia de los Muertos: Nuestras Historias, Our Histories
Oct
29
5:00 pm17:00

Teatro Chico - Dia de los Muertos: Nuestras Historias, Our Histories

  • Ford Resource & Engagement Center

Living Arts will present Teatro Chico - Dia de los Muertos: Nuestras Historias, Our Histories on Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m at the Ford Resource and Engagement Center located at 2826 Bagley Detroit, MI 48216. Join us on the 29th for an exhibition of ofrendas created by artists Erin and Monte Martinez, Kia Itchel Arriaga, and members of the community! Enjoy music and dance performances and presentations while taking part in a community meal in celebration of the lives of those we have lost. All ages are welcome!

Throughout the month of October join the artists in a series of art-making workshops. Learn about the history and traditions of Dia de los Muertos and create works of art that will be placed on the exhibited ofrendas! These workshops will be hosted at the Ford Resource and Engagement Center and will be free. For more information on the workshops, ofrendas, and celebration, please call Erika Villarreal Bunce, Living Arts Director of Programs, or Zoe Villegas, Office Manager at (313) 841-4765. This program is generously made possible in part by the Michigan Humanities Council, Ford Motor Company Fund and the Ideal Group.

Click here for a complete list of Teatro Chico: Dia de los Muertos Workshops