Patricia Schaefer has been giving to Starr Commonwealth for so many years even she does not remember the catalyst behind it. “I don’t even remember – it could have been a presentation or a mailing – I’ve just plain forgotten how it all started!” she said on a recent visit.
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
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 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.
By C. L. Price
First printed in the Michigan Chronicle
Resilience is a major part of Detroiters’ DNA. That’s the premise of Starr Commonwealth’s Art of Resilience Project focused on showcasing the strength and creativity of young Detroiters.
The campaign will kick off this summer when it launches the Starr Summer Youth Festival.
This new one-day event is designed to showcase visual and performing arts projects created by young people, age 6 -18, attending summer youth programs throughout Detroit.