Living Arts Receives $40,000 Commitment to Arts Access for Detroit Youth

Renewed partnership support comes from Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation

Living Arts is proud to announce a $40,000 grant award from the Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation. This partnership will provide 100 free enrollments  for youth and children in Southwest Detroit to access Living Arts’ Out-of-School Arts program.

Celebrating 20 Years of Living Arts

Last Thursday April 11th, Living Arts celebrated a milestone 20th anniversary in the Crystal Ballroom of the historic Detroit Masonic Temple. Kicking off the evening with a step and repeat welcome, guests were invited to cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the reception area and to explore the gallery of 20 years of Living Arts work. VIP guests were treated to swag bags filled with goodies from hand tie-dyed towels to chocolates from Bon Bon Bon, a private lounge area, and a tour of the Masonic Temple. 

Art, Philanthropy, and Legacy: Talking with Ronald Cresswell (Cresswell Family Foundation)

We are beyond grateful for the support that we’ve received for our 20th anniversary. As part of our recent series on getting to know our sponsors, we recently did a quick Q&A with Ronald Cresswell, of the Cresswell Family Foundation. Mr. Cresswell and his wife, Sheila, have been long-time lovers of the arts, and have supported the arts through their foundation. Below is a transcript of our interview. Many thanks to the Cresswell Family Foundation for their continued support of Detroit arts and youth development!

Get to Know Before You Go: REVOK

Visual artist Jason “REVOK” Williams is turning his agreement with clothing retailing H&M into a $50,000 twentieth anniversary present for Living Arts. Williams’ gift will be used to launch a $100,000 fundraising initiative and set plans in motion to expand services and reach more than 30,000 Detroit-area children and teens by 2030.

<<<THIS POSITION IS NOW CLOSED>>> Living Arts Seeks a Nonprofit Financial Strategy Consultant

<<<THIS POSITION IS CLOSED>>>
Living Arts is accepting proposals for a Nonprofit Financial Strategy Consultant to it develop a comprehensive, strategic financial plan to be able to scale and replicate services appropriately to make a greater impact for more Detroit-based children, while also ensuring sustainable programmatic development.

<<<THIS POSITION IS NOW CLOSED>>> Are you passionate about early learning in Detroit? Living Arts is Hiring a Program Manger!

<<<THIS POSITION IS NOW CLOSED>>> Living Arts is hiring a full-time Program Manager - Early Learning for our Detroit Wolf Trap (DWT) program. The Program Manager will work with the Living Arts Program Team to develop, implement, evaluate, and market relevant and exceptional arts education programs in Detroit early learning centers and community settings.

Our Board Continues to Grow

Living Arts is once again pleased to announce that we’ve added four new members to our Board of Directors: Kayana Sessoms, Veronica Marsich, Monique Harris, and Ulrike Hildebrand. “With the addition of these four highly skilled and accomplished women, Living Arts leadership continues to grow,” said Alissa Novoselick, Executive Director. “I’m excited they’ll bring their unique perspectives to further Living Arts work in Detroit.”

Our Voice, Our Power: An Evening with Las Cafeteras

On the evening of February 20 at the FREC-Mercado, we gathered cozily with our Out of School Arts parents and children, enjoying a meal together in the company of our new friends, the musicians of Las Cafeteras. We assembled in the Art Studio, buzzing about, discussing the details of our days as the sun gently set through the windows of the studio. Ready to begin, Las Cafeteras began strumming guitars, energizing us and inviting us into the experience. This familial and comforting space set the scene for our evening of writing songs together.

Support for Detroit Arts Education: An Interview with Dr. Rita Fields

Valentine’s Day is not normally a holiday I celebrate. In my relationship, every day is a chance to show one another love and appreciation, so it’s not a an extra special time for us. But this year, I got the chance to spend some time talking with Dr. Rita Fields, SHRM-SCP. If you’re not familiar with Dr. Fields, get familiar.

Dance Me a Story: Developing Early Literacy Skills through Movement and Creative Dance

On Saturday, February 2nd, the Living Arts Youth Dance Ensemble was invited to participate as honored guests at the Detroit Dhamaal 2019 Bollywood Fusion Competition.

Held at the historic Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Detroit, the competition featured Bollywood dance troupes from colleges across the nation. Board member Matthew Nahan spoke about the Living Arts programs and the value of teaching artists in the community. Nahan also introduced the Youth Dance Ensemble performance.

Dhamaal 2019 Honors Youth Dance Ensemble

On Saturday, February 2nd, the Living Arts Youth Dance Ensemble was invited to participate as honored guests at the Detroit Dhamaal 2019 Bollywood Fusion Competition.

Held at the historic Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Detroit, the competition featured Bollywood dance troupes from colleges across the nation. Board member Matthew Nahan spoke about the Living Arts programs and the value of teaching artists in the community. Nahan also introduced the Youth Dance Ensemble performance.

Living Arts Seeks a Program Evaluator

Living Arts is accepting proposals for an Evaluation Partner to conduct the second phase of our evaluation for our Detroit Wolf Trap early learning program. This three-year study, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, will measure the impact the program has on teacher growth through the following central question:

Does professional development in arts integration through the performing arts (Detroit Wolf Trap) demonstrate growth for early childhood educators in their abilities in 1) Instructional Learning Formats and 2) Concept Development?

Proposals are due December 20, 2018 to Alissa Novoselick, Executive Director, at Alissa@livingartsdetroit.org

More information on the project, budget, and timeline can be found here.

Detroit Wolf Trap Teaching Artist Karilú Alarcón Forshee provides arts-integrated professional development for a classroom teacher.

Detroit Wolf Trap Teaching Artist Karilú Alarcón Forshee provides arts-integrated professional development for a classroom teacher.

Living Arts is Hiring a Communications Manager

Living Arts is hiring a Communications Manager to help us better tell the story of our youth, teaching artists, and work! Our mission, which began 20 years ago in SW Detroit, engages youth, teachers, and families in experiences in the performing, visual, literary, and media arts.

The Communications Manager will work closely with the entire Living Arts team to refine our communications goals and develop a strategy and timeline for meeting benchmarks. In addition to external storytelling and promotional strategy, the Communications Manager will assist with data entry and analysis around key stakeholder groups.

Students in a printmaking workshop at Open Arts Fest led by Director of Programs, Erika Villarreal Bunce.

Students in a printmaking workshop at Open Arts Fest led by Director of Programs, Erika Villarreal Bunce.

For this position we are seeking candidates with at least two years of experience in media, communications, and storytelling. We are open to candidates with backgrounds in non-profit communications, fundraising, media, public relations, journalism or other relevant experience.

This is a full-time position with a salary of $33,000 - $38,000 and benefits. The ideal start date is January 14, 2019.

If you believe this is the right position for you, we sincerely encourage you to apply! Details about the specific responsibilities of the job are listed on the job description here.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and at least two samples of work (e-newsletter, blog post, annual report, etc.) to alissa@livingartsdetroit.org by December 6, 2018.

Living Arts Wins 2018 Knight Arts Challenge

Marquee, The Fillmore, November 7, 2018 -- Photo: Andrew Potter, Knight Foundation

Marquee, The Fillmore, November 7, 2018 -- Photo: Andrew Potter, Knight Foundation

With the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s 2018 Knight Arts Challenge, Living Arts will bring together artists and residents to design a film installation series that will be displayed on street walls in Southwest and throughout Detroit. The installations will be created in partnership with media artist Sacramento Knoxx and will feature a series of dance workshops and performances by Southwest artists, youth, and residents. These dance events will be led by Living Arts, Motor City Street Dance Academy, Ballet Folklorico Moyokoyani Izel and Compás, capturing modern, break, folklorico, Afro-Latin, and more. Through consensus-building sessions, the community will identify locations and themes for the site-specific work, focusing on dance as resistance. This project will challenge notions about the art, culture, and identity that stems from the Southwest Detroit community, embracing the power of dance to bring together people to leverage the power of their bodies in expression

The project is funded by the Knight Foundation.

The project is funded by the Knight Foundation.

The series of films will be installed on walls in conjunction with the Arise Detroit! Neighborhoods Day.

Knight Foundation previously funded our community performance series Teatro Chico.

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Read the Knight Foundation press release.

Katy Locker, Program Director Knight Arts Detroit, Alissa Novoselick, Executive Director Living Arts, Erika Villarreal Bunce, Director of Programs Living Arts, Victoria Rogers, VP Knight Arts

Katy Locker, Program Director Knight Arts Detroit, Alissa Novoselick, Executive Director Living Arts, Erika Villarreal Bunce, Director of Programs Living Arts, Victoria Rogers, VP Knight Arts

Living Arts Welcomes Three New Board Members

Living Arts is pleased to announce the addition of three new members to our Board of Directors: Michelle Cantor, Terrence West, and Candace Griffin. This group of Detroit professionals brings a wealth of knowledge and individual passions for youth arts education. "We are very excited to welcome Michelle, Terrence, and Candace to the Living Arts team and look forward to building more opportunities for Detroit youth, together," said Alissa Novoselick, Executive Director. "Each one of these individuals has the necessary skills to help deepen and propel our work in unique and valuable ways."

From L to R: Michelle Cantor, Terrence West, and Mary Griffin.

From L to R: Michelle Cantor, Terrence West, and Mary Griffin.

For more than 20 years, Michelle Tenner Cantor has been a driver of thought leadership and strategic direction relative to organizational and talent development, including eight years of change management consulting with Fortune 500 companies, such as ComEd, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.A., Ford Motor Company and Dow Chemical Co. As the Founder and President of Volar Consulting, LLC in metropolitan Detroit, Cantor has a demonstrated track record of designing and implementing successful Diversity and Inclusion programs, which integrate strategic planning, leadership coaching, and organizational culture development. She is the founder of Conscious Leadership℠, an interactive training experience that gets to the heart of understanding the power of unconscious biases and how we can both individually and collectively create a more inclusive and productive work environment.

Candace Griffin has a talent for creating inviting, and unique spaces. With a background in residential staging and interior decorating, her company Candace Mary Interiors specializes in partnering with realtors and homeowners to sell their properties quicker and at top market value. Candace’s approach focuses on highlighting the personality of each space. More than just aesthetic, she believes great interior design is about the feeling when you connect with a home you love and imagine the life you want within it.  Her ability to mix timeless pieces with modern elements gives her the edge to create distinctive spaces that make a statement. Her unique design sense is inspired by living in Chicago, San Francisco, and traveling the world. Originally from Lansing and now residing in the motor city with her wife and puppy! She enjoys good food, good company, and good design. 

A native of Detroit, Terrence West is a graduate of the University of Iowa and specializes in marketing and communications. Currently serving as the Marketing & Communications Manager for the Michigan Science Center, Terrence has also worked with VanDyke Horn Public Relations and Berg Muirhead & Associates Public Relations. In addition to these roles, Terrence has also lent his skills as a pro bono marketing consultant with Coalition for the Future of Detroit Children, Reach Beyond Institute of Detroit, and Friends of Misha Stallworth, amongst others. He serves on the board of Black Family Development, and has done extensive work with the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program and The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW).