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A strategy to bring arts to schools throughout Detroit

"Countless studies show the necessity of arts education - for things such as improved academics, social-emotional development, and stronger attendance."

Living Arts Executive Director Alissa Novoselick shares her thoughts on the importance of arts education in classrooms, and her ideas - building on the successes of Chicago and Boston - for bringing the arts to students across Detroit. 

Read the article in the Detroit Free Press

Alissa, Novoselick, executive director of Living Arts. Photo by Julianne Lindsey.

Alissa, Novoselick, executive director of Living Arts. Photo by Julianne Lindsey.

Teatro Chico Returns with Moving Forward Through the Past

Our community performance series Teatro Chico (Little Theater) returns on Saturday, February 24th with Moving Forward Through the Past, an evening of music, theater, and dance that takes a modern twist on beloved classics from Shakespeare to Oscar Wilde. The performance will feature Ivalas String Quartet, Black & Brown Theatre, Inside Out Literary Arts' City Wide Poets, Morgan Breon, and Living Arts' Youth Dance Ensembles. The show begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Ford Resource & Engagement Center and is appropriate for ages 13 and up. A suggested donation of $10.00 per adult is appreciated to support Living Arts' community programming. Youth 18 and under are free. 

 

 

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Teatro Chico is generously sponsored by

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Living Arts receives $150,000 multi-year grant from the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation

Funds will build capacity to deliver critical arts education experiences to Detroit youth.

Living Arts, a Detroit nonprofit bringing high-quality and year-round arts education to the city’s youth, is proud to announce it has received a $150,000 grant from the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation. The funds will be used over the next five years to develop organizational capacities to support a program portfolio that has increased significantly since 2008 and exponentially since 2013. Grant activities will ensure that Living Arts is able to continue its commitment to providing transformative experiences in the arts to nearly 3,000 Detroit area youth, families, and educators annually.

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The Fisher Foundation is proud to be strengthening and empowering children and families in need by supporting the organizational capacity of Detroit-area social impact groups.

“This partnership is part of a broader capacity-building initiative the Foundation is committed to for the next five years,” said Brianna Suarez, Program Associate at the Fisher Foundation. “It is a privilege to collaborate with organizations, such as Living  Arts, that are committed to creating positive and meaningful impact in the communities they serve.”

“This major grant from the Fisher Foundation is giving Living Arts the means to boost critical organizational capacities so that we can sustain the quality and scale of services we have developed in recent years,” said Alissa Novoselick, Living Arts’ executive director. "This award will help us continue our work to rectify the fact that nearly one-half of Detroit youth do not have access to arts education.”

About Living Arts:

 Founded in 1999, Living Arts is a nonprofit organization that engages Detroit youth, teachers and families in transformative experiences in the performing, visual, literary and media arts. Implementing arts education programs for nearly 3,000 early learners, elementary and secondary students annually, we increase youth’s academic achievement, develop their leadership and artistic skills, and strengthen our schools and communities. Living Arts’ Detroit Wolf Trap program is an affiliate of the national Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts. Our Out-of-School Arts program brings year-round youth arts classes and community programs to the Ford Resource and Engagement Center at the Mexicantown Mercado.

Living Arts receives support from the Ford Motor Company Fund, Corporation for National and Community Service's Social Innovation Fund and United Way of Southeastern Michigan, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Skillman Foundation, Dresner Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, Erb Family Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Humanities Council, Detroit Public Schools Foundation, Detroit Public Schools Foundation, and PNC Foundation.

About the Fisher Foundation:

 The Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation’s core philosophy is grounded  in  the beliefs of our founders and the family’s shared Jewish values that life’s purpose is found in service to others. The mission of the Foundation is to enrich humanity by strengthening and empowering children and families in need. In the Jewish tradition of tzedakah, the Foundation works to repair the world (tikkun olam) alongside those who share our mission.

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Join our team! We're hiring a Hip Hop Instructor.

We are searching for an individual that is ready to inform, educate, and develop our students' artistic, social, and cultural skills through the art and discipline of dance. Our Hip Hop Instructor will be a leader and mentor for students ranging in age and level, will conduct weekly classes in a formal dance studio, and choreograph an original piece for our Annual Student Showcase.  Classes will include Recreational Hip Hop and Advanced Hip Hop. The advanced class is part of our Youth Dance Ensemble performance group that performs in and around the community. Apply by submitting a cover letter and resume to Marianne Brass, Dance Program Director, at marianne@livingartsdetroit.org. Full job description at the link! 

http://www.livingartsdetroit.org/employment/

The Hip Hop Instructor position is part of our Out-of-School Arts program. Learn more about OSA at https://www.livingartsdetroit.org/classes-workshops/

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A Look Inside Our Detroit Wolf Trap Program

Living Arts' Detroit Wolf Trap program provides early education through the arts to children ages 3 months to 6 years. Through family involvement classes at the Ford Resource & Engagement Center and residencies at schools and Head Start centers, our professional teaching artists utilize music, dance, puppetry and theater to prepare children for academic success in kindergarten and beyond.

If you are interested in registering for a Detroit Wolf Trap family involvement class, you can register online or by calling our Out-of-Schools Arts Program Manager Zack Bissell at 313-384-2902. Are you a teacher interested in bringing Detroit Wolf Trap to your classroom? Call Susannah Goodman at 313-841-4765 or email us at wolftrap@livingartsdetroit.org.

Detroit Wolf Trap Programs are rigorously evaluated by professionals in the early education field. Read about our results here

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Fall Class Schedules Announced!

Our Fall 2017 Out-of-School Arts classes begin Monday, October 2. A wide selection of dance, movement and art courses will be available for youth ages 3 - 18 years. 

Our Detroit Wolf Trap classes, including Baby Artsplay!™, also start October 2nd. These classes prepare children ages 3 months - six years for success in school through early childhood arts education. 

Registration for all classes begins on September 12 at 5:00 p.m. for returning students and September 18 at 5:00 p.m. for new students. Registration will be available online, and in person at the Ford Resource & Engagement Center with our Program Manager Zack Bissell. 

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Living Arts Peer Mentors in the News!

Our peer mentors for the SPOT Teen Open Studio were interviewed on their experience in our program and their passion for the arts. Check out their stories!

Jeimy Lopez, interview with El Central Hispanic News

Johnathan Williams, interview with the Michigan Chronicle

Our Peer Mentor program is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs New Leaders Grant.

Peer Mentor Jeimy Lopez

Peer Mentor Jeimy Lopez

Peer Mentor Johnathan Williams

Peer Mentor Johnathan Williams

Come work with us! We're hiring a Hip Hop Instructor.

We are searching for an individual that is ready to inform, educate, and develop our students' artistic, social, and cultural skills through the art and discipline of dance. Our Hip Hop Instructor will be a leader and mentor for students ranging in age and level, will conduct weekly classes in a formal dance studio, and choreograph an original piece for our Annual Student Showcase.  Classes will include Recreational Hip Hop and Advanced Hip Hop. The advanced class is part of our Youth Dance Ensemble performance group that performs in and around the community. Apply by submitting a cover letter and resume by August 25 to Marianne Brass, Dance Program Director, at marianne@livingartsdetroit.org. Full job description at the link! 

http://www.livingartsdetroit.org/employment/