The 2016 Art of Resilience Starr Summer Youth Festival is August 13!

DSC_0003 smallStarr’s third annual Art of Resilience Summer Youth Festival will take place on Saturday, August 13th in a new venue – Campus Martius Park in Detroit. This venue offers the potential for a larger audience and greater visibility for Starr and the performers involved.

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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. Continue reading

Founder’s Day is Coming Soon!

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

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

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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