On Sunday, October 5, we will be celebrating Founder’s Day for Starr Commonwealth! The celebration will take place at our Albion campus, and will continue our Art of Resilience project with performance groups from Detroit.
Mario Bonds, singer from The Glee Project.
Our speaker for Founder’s Day will be Mario Bonds, made famous by his performances on The Glee Project. Mario is an amazing singer and speaker, and will be talking with our students and guests about overcoming the hardships in his own life, including going blind at a young age. Mario will also perform a song with the All Starr Choir, which will be quite a treat for everyone!
The day will begin with Chapel service at the Chapel-in-the-Woods, and will include lunch before the program begins at 1:45. This event is FREE, so please feel free to visit our beautiful campus and enjoy an afternoon of amazing performances!
For more information on Mario and the other performers on Founder’s Day, please check our website at www.starr.org/foundersday.
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.
The 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.
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?
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.
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.