Unveiling Art at Starr Detroit Academy

Brandon Foster, the designer of

Brandon Foster, the designer of “The Chase”, poses next to his unveiled sculpture.

This morning, Starr Commonwealth unveiled a new sculpture at Starr Detroit Academy, our public charter school in Detroit.

Last year, Starr held an open competition for artists and designers to create a piece of art for the school that embodies the importance of education. Many designs for sculptures were submitted, and the final decision was tough.

The winner was Brandon Foster, a former student of one of Starr’s youth development programs in Detroit. His design, titled “The Chase”, shows a young child running to catch a book. The sculpture is a tribute to the legacy of the former Children’s Home of Detroit, the assets of which were gifted to Starr and used to establish Starr Detroit Academy.

Renowned Detroit artist Hubert Massey co-created the sculpture, and mentored Foster throughout the project.

The sculpture was unveiled to staff, trustees and board members of Starr this morning, and Jayla Davis, the model who inspired the final sculpt, had the honor of pulling the sheet off to reveal the finished product.

Well-crafted art takes time, and this one was no exception. But hopefully Brandon Foster’s sculpture will inspire students for years to come to chase their dreams through education.

Pictured left to right: Brandon Foster, Jayla Davis, the model who inspired the final design, with Marty Mitchell, president and CEO of Starr, Bruce Van de Vusse, trustee of Starr, Mea Rutan, trustee of Starr, and John Hallacy, Chair of Starr's board of trustees.

Pictured left to right: Brandon Foster, Jayla Davis, the model who inspired the final design, with Marty Mitchell, president and CEO of Starr, Bruce Van de Vusse, trustee of Starr, and Mea Rutan, trustee of Starr.

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