Chemical Bank supports Starr’s Founder’s Day celebration

A generous $2,500 donation from Chemical Bank will support Starr’s annual celebration of working with children and families. Founder’s Day, which will be held Sunday, Oct. 5 on Starr’s Albion campus, will mark 101 years of Starr with an exciting event lineup.

DSC_0018 smallThe Founder’s Day celebration will continue Starr’s “Art of Resilience” campaign, which began with the Starr Summer Youth Festival in Detroit Sunday, Aug. 10. More than 40 youth arts groups from southeast Michigan participated in the festival, including dance groups, singers, spoken word artists and more. Focusing on the resiliency of the communities Starr serves, Founder’s Day will feature some of these same groups, as well as a special presentation by guest speaker Mario Bonds.

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Art of Resilience

Starr’s founder once said, “Beauty is a silent teacher.” Floyd Starr also maintained a strong interest in the arts, collecting a significant number of fine works, including paintings, sculptures and furniture, encouraging Starr’s students to explore their creative side.

He knew how powerful creative expression and an appreciation of the arts could be in the development of a young person, and for decades this philosophy has played a significant role in the youth development models of Starr Commonwealth.


The Art of Resilience Starr Summer Youth Festival celebrated the resilience of the people of Detroit.

Overcoming challenges, building on your strengths, bouncing back from adversity, giving back to the community — this is resilience, another fundamental part of Starr’s positive youth development. So, what happens when you combine art and resilience?

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Starr Commonwealth stands ready to offer shelter and support to undocumented children

In keeping with its 100-year history of serving vulnerable children from across the world, Starr Commonwealth stands ready to work with partner agencies and government on the shelter and care of undocumented children, should the need arise.

Starr is continually in discussions with other human service organizations about how it can serve more children and families, and as the significant need for support of children coming to the United States from Central America has become evident, Starr has made it clear that it’s facilities would be made available to this population.

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Starr Summer Youth Festival Receives $5000 Foundation Grant

Detroit, Mich.

A new initiative designed to promote the resilience of Detroit’s children, families and communities has been boosted by a grant of $5000 from the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan.

The Art of Resilience Project and its main event, the Starr Summer Youth Festival, are designed to capture stories that reflect the strengths of the region’s young people. The project is led by Starr Commonwealth, a social services nonprofit with over 100 years’ experience of supporting Detroit’s youth.

The festival, which is to be held on Sunday August 10th at the Carr Center and in Paradise Valley Park (formerly Harmonie Park), will see hundreds of Detroit youth using music, dance, theatre, visual art and spoken word to demonstrate their resilience.

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Calling all Detroit summer youth programs!

Starr Commonwealth is launching a new event that celebrates the resilience of Detroit’s young people and their neighborhoods.

On Sunday, August 10, 2014, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Starr will host the first Starr Summer Youth Festival, a new one-day event designed to spotlight youth, ages 6-18, attending summer arts programs throughout Detroit. Plans are taking shape for the festival to include three performance stages presenting 30 to 40 performances, and to exhibit dozens of visual arts projects. A Youth Arts Market will feature young artists selling their original artwork.

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