Mosaic Detroit: performing arts that engage and inspire the youth

It is proven that through art people can let go of a lot of things in their lives. It is also proven that art is a way of expressing feelings thus a way of letting your own reality go. It is the arts that give many people a chance to express themselves and to be who they want to be within society; it also gives some people purpose in their lives and it helps them overcome hard situations in their lives.

In Detroit there is a charity called Mosaic that understands exactly that: what it feel to have something in your life that matters and that is worth fighting for. And that is art. Specifically, performing arts.

Mosaic Detroit started as  Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit in 1992 when  Rick Sperling who was an actor and director saw many of the budget programs being cut by the government in Detroit schools and the art programs were the first one to be affected. He did not want this to happen because from his experience as guest artist he had seen a lot of talent in public schools around the Detroit area. Also, he had seen that the same talent that was being neglected needed more advanced arts training to reach good levels and to make it a way of life for many.  As Mosaic got bigger and bigger they understood that the program was being very successful and that many of the students achieved very high expectations, graduated from school with honors and that many of them even went into college. This is amazing because many of the Mosaic students come from minorities and from low-income families, and  over 95% of them graduate and are accepted into college, which is a standard over the national average for students with the same living conditions.

All the programs found in Mosaic reach many children and young adults in the Detroit area. They have performances by advanced Main Stage acting and vocal music companies and they do it 3 times per year at the Detroit Institute of Arts. They also have a lot of community performances and they have “First Stage” and intermediate “Second Stage” programs for all the people that are wishing to get in touch with the performing arts.

While there is a big focus on the development of artists and students, there is also an enormous effort behind stages to  build strong relationships with various Metro Detroit service organizations  that support their idea and aim of teaching young children about performing arts that will help them in their physical, mental and emotional well-being. With all this, the students that come from Mosaic are considered very well trained and highly commitment to hard work.

Additional support comes from the people and actors themselves. Many artists and many respected people in the art community are always looking for a way to help Mosaic, either by serving as staff or by donating time, effort or money into the movement and by also sharing their knowledge with the community. And the people help out by giving their time and effort. Also, the audience is a core support of Mosaic with their permanent support and loyalty for attendance and financial collaboration.

Other ways of funding  Mosaic come from public and private sources. It is more or less a philanthropy style of giving. Apart from being a high selling youth group, Mosaic has many Individual donors and tickets sales provide a wide base of funds that can be used for growing purposes.

Here are 4 of their programs:

  1. First Stage Program: this program is aimed at very young artists that are 5th  or 10th graders  and its shows them the high-energy, empowering, and inspiring performing arts training that Mosaic offers to its members. In this program the participants learn about the very basics of performance such as projection, movement and articulation using games, doing speeches and monologues and acting out scenes. This program is totally free.
  2. Second Stage, training to Performance: this program takes kids that are 11-16 and introduce them to the Mosaic Method with key concepts for the performing arts.
  3. Main Stage: Training THROUGH Performance: this program is aimed at young artists and gives them a total immersion to the Mosaic Model of Youth Development through the Arts. In this stage kids perform and are part of rehearsals,  recitals, studio productions and many more.
  4. The Next Stage. This is the final part of the art training. This is where students become real performers and start their theatre and music professionals in real settings with real performances for the Detroit Zoo and many other venues

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