We’re celebrating 20 years!


Living Arts is celebrating 20 years of exceptional arts education services in 2019! Since our founding in 1999, we've connected more than 50,000 children and families to high quality arts and youth development experiences throughout the entire city.

We can't wait to celebrate our history--and future--with you this year.

Already, our students, parents, teaching artists and other community members have shared so many stories with us about the ways that Living Arts has impacted their lives. We would love to hear from you too and hope you will take a moment to share your Living Arts memories, photos and videos. 

Throughout 2019 there will be many ways you can join Living Arts in celebrating our milestone achievement: 

AN EVENING FOR LIVING ARTS | Join us on Thursday, April 11  from 6:30-8:30 pm for a benefit performance hosted by Sterling Toles at the Masonic Temple from 6:30-8:30 pm on Enjoy visual and performing art exhibitions, mingling with friends over strolling hors d'oeuvres, a premium open bar, and complimentary valet parking. VIPs will be treated to a behind-the-scenes tour, a special lounge, and Detroit swag. Renowned street artist Jason "Revok" Williams will be our Honored Guest and help launch a $100,000 endowment initiative for our 20th anniversary year!

20th ANNUAL STUDENT SHOWCASE | Bring your family and friends on Sunday, June 9, 2019 to see our students and teaching artists share a year of dance, visual arts, and animation excellence. 

OPEN ART FEST | Spend an August afternoon in Southwest Detroit engaged in art making, workshops, open mic spots, and more visual, performing and media arts activities designed by our very own Living Arts students. The date for the 2019 Open Art Fest community event will be announced soon! 

OPEN STAGE | Experience a fun night of local talent as Living Arts teaching artists, students, staff, families and community members take to the stage to inspire and entertain. Stay tuned for more details about this fall event.

We can't wait to share more anniversary program updates with you soon and introduce you to new staff members who will expand our capacity to serve Detroit youth.

Thank you, sincerely, for being a partner in our work. We look forward to seeing you at one (or more!) of our events this year!


Alissa Novoselick, Executive Director