Donor Spotlight: Patricia Schaefer

DSC_0006 - croppedPatricia 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.

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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

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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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.

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Starr Commonwealth launches its Art of Resilience Project

By C. L. Price
First printed in the Michigan Chronicle

Art of Resilience

The Art of Resilience Festival will be held on August 10, 2014 at the Carr Center in Detroit.

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.

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