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.

The event, which will take place in and around Paradise Valley Park and the Carr Center along E. Grand River and Centre Streets in downtown Detroit, is part of Starr’s Art of Resilience Project, an initiative designed to promote positive stories that demonstrate the resilience of young people and the neighborhoods of Detroit.

Program directors are invited to submit applications for their young artists and performers by visiting the event web site or calling 313-923-7353 and proposing a performance or exhibition around the theme of resilience.  Performances may include music, dance, theatre, short film, visual arts and/or written and spoken word. The Youth Arts Market is for original artwork only.

The festival is a free event with family-friendly activities including make & take art stations and face-painting.  Everyone is invited to attend the festival and support young people from across the city as they express the festival’s theme of resilience through their art.

Transportation to and from the event may also be provided to groups that demonstrate the need.  In addition to certificates of participation, all young artists will also receive free t-shirts and wristbands. They will also be connected with representatives from arts programs with opportunities for continuing their artistic pursuits during the school year.

“We want the festival to be a forum for creative expression, with young people demonstrating their resilience and the community celebrating their achievements,” said John Hollingsworth, director of the festival.

“Starr has successfully used art and creativity in its youth development programs for decades and we know that many other community groups and leaders are having this great impact in communities across the city. We want the positive stories of children and their families to be recognized more than their challenges, reflecting a more genuine image for our city.”


For more information about the Art of Resilience Project and the Starr Summer Youth Festival visit  or call 313-923-7353.



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