MOSAIC YOUTH THEATER OF DETROIT

Rating: 4.89 stars   46 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth

Location: 3011 West Grand Boulevard Suite 1510 Detroit MI 48202 USA

Mission: Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit is a leader in youth development delivering rigorous, high quality performing arts education and connecting that education to a promising future for its young artists. Mosaic's mission is to empower young people to maximize their potential through professional performing arts training and the creation of theatrical and musical art that engages, transforms and inspires.
Results: Mosaic has served (trained) more than 7,000 metropolitan Detroit area young artists since its inception. Honored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the President's Committee on Arts and Humanities with the Comning Up Taller award as on of the top 10 youth arts programs in the nation Named Best-Managed Nonprofit by Crain's Detroit Business in 2006 Recieved the prestigious Governor's Art Award and organizational excellence awards from New Detroit, DTE, Wayne State University and Detroit Youth Development Commision Performed by invitation for President Barack Obaman, President Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, 5 Governors and 4 Mayors.
Target demographics: Mosaic is a notional model for arts education and youth development, providing accessible theaatre and music training for Metropolitan Detroit area young artists, ages 7 - 18, annually, regardless of economic ability to pay.
Programs: Mosaic has pioneered a unique model of youth development, which is grounded in current research, theory and practice. The Mosaic Model includes three core elements which are hallmarks of positive youth development, engendering success throughout life and in many realms. Mosaic engages the youth of our community through the following current programs. Mosaic First Stage Programs (Ages 7-18): Mosaic First Stage programs provide entry level performing arts training to approximately 400 area youth annually. These workshops are presented in collaboration with community partners within the low income and underserved Northend, Osborn and Southwest Detroit neighborhoods. Mosaic Main Stage Training Programs (Ages 11-18): Main Stage is the core program of Mosaic, providing nine months of free, intensive education and training in acting and vocal music to young artists. This year, approximately 150 young artists were selected for the youth ensemble by audition and interview. Ensemble members work with professional actors, writers, musicians, and designers. Mosaic's critically acclaimed local perfomrances and tours promote a positive image of metropolitan Detroit area youth and provide a model of multicultural cooperation. Next Stage Touring Company (Ages 14-18): Approximately 12 senior members of Mosaic's Main Stage youth ensemble are selected each year by audition to perform in the Next Stage Company. These young artists recieve leadership training opportunites, act as peer mentors and leaders to Mosaic's less experienced young artists; and are paid for small group community performances.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

MY daughter Hannah is in Mosaic. We love to go to there shows even before she got into Mosaic. Rick and his staff do a great job with these kids. Every time i tell people who have never been to one of there shows they are a must see in Detroit. The people tell me they can not be that good, i tell them see it for them self. After seeing a show they called me and say i was right, and they are going to make it a family tradition to see every show that Mosaic puts on. That is what makes Mosaic one of the best NON PROFITS around. I can not wait until next season maybe i can find some others who have never been to a Mosaic show and show them what Detroit and young people are doing.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son Leonard was in Mosaic for two years. It is a fantastic program. The Mosaic singers and actors are some of the most talented youth in the Metro Detroit area.
Mosaic gives young people the opportunity to develop their acting and singing talents through the help of a great staff.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've experienced the results of this organization in the wonderful acting skills of my son.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I think it is a great organization the way it is.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Last spring, my family (2 teenage sons and husband) and I went to see the Mosaic Youth Theatre's performance of The Gospel at Colonus. The performance was wonderful and my sons, who generally only are interested in sporting events were amazed at the talent.

It makes me feel good to support Mosiac Youth Theatre because it provides incredible oppportunities to teenagers of all socio-economic backgrounds - as proven by the lead of the production who is now attending Yale.

The Mosiac Youth Theatre is a bright spot in the bleakness Detroit. Its talented teens are our future and deserve a platform on which to shine.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Performance Inspired me and my family

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to perpetuate funding to ensure its continued existance.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Mosaic youth theater is a real gem. I have been going to their performances for the past 5 years. I am in total awe of the quality of their singing and performing. I also like that 95%- 100 % of the members go onto college.
Their performances give me a renewed faith in our youth and they really make me feel good.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Just a better sense of well being.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

It is hard to think of a way to improve this Organization

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Rating: 5 stars  

Mosaic is amazing. I am currently a Young Artist participating in the company for the second year....and to be Brief, without mosaic i wouldnt have found out about all the different oppertunies for college and for the career paths i could take. Mosaic has taught me that i am unique and my own person, And that there are people who support me and Love me for being me. Mosaic is my home away from home when im there all im focused on is improving my artistic abilies and how much i love my mosaic family. I have grown so much in my art and as a person being in mosaic, i love it there because its like my little island in the middle of everything hectic i know i have somewhere to go and do what i love. I remember last year we did a show called the Gospel at Colonus and i can still feel that powerful, powerful energy we had during that show and how i realized that i love performing and when your performing with people you love it makes it all the more better. It doesnt get any better than that and that feeling you cant copy, imitate, or duplicate. Its special. I get emotional thinking about it....Anyways if you havent noticed already i love mosaic, and i couldnt ask for anything thing more.....Honestly.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

High School? Everyday Life?...so currently? I kinda dont understand the question. So on to the next one....

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more money! If i won a million dollars today i would give it to mosaic (My mom would kill me but i wouldnt matter). They do everything in there power to provide us with so many wonderful oppertunites, but times are tight and its getting to the point where they cant afford paper! And yet they keep striving because they truly love us. And i would definetly give them money....or a Genie who would give them 100 Trillion Wishes..

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Rating: 4 stars  

The energy and talent that exists is impressive. Young people need outlets like Mosaic to learn and show their talent. Every person I have taken to a perfomrance is always impressed.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

performances

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none

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Rating: 5 stars  

I took my young nieces to see Woodward Wonderland. They enjoyed it so much one asked if she could sign up for an acting class, saying she wanted to do a show someday just like theirs! It made me a fav Auntie for the day and they asked to come back next year to see it again.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Mosaic helps families build great memories together!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them put on more shows

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Rating: 4 stars  

The Mosaic Youth Theater provides theatrical opportunities for the youth in the Metro Detroit area. I have seen many young lives transformed from the theatrical experiences that they have had through the Mosaic Youth Theater.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

viewing the lives of youth, transformed positively.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand the number of inter-city youths served.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

my husband and i attended the christmas show of mosaic and were impressed by the professionalism of the performers. It was obvious that they had put a lot of work into the production. they brought tears to my eyes quite a few times with the beauty of young people who have a dream . never did the performance drag or loose its' momentium. these young people are fantastic and i know that they will have bright futures ahead. i will never miss a show put on my mosaic i am so happy that there is something like this for the kids of detroit.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

wonderful show

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have more shows

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Rating: 5 stars  

Mosaic literally changed my life. I actually couldn't get enough of it! I entered the company as a singer, never expecting that I would act or be a stage technician, but I did. I never thought I could act, yet in my 4th year, I played Benjamin Williams in 'Sing Jubilee' and my 5th year, I was a backstage technician for 'Crossing 8 Mile'. Mosaic gave me opportunities to really explore and 'pull out' gifts and talents that I didn't even know I had. The first time I flew on an airplane was with Mosaic! It shows you who you really are! They push you outside of your comfort zone and challenge and push you until you're tired and that's when they push you all the more. I'm more than thankful for my Mosaic experience and I consider them family! And, I am proud to call myself a Mosaic alum!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

growth, discipline, time management, professionalism, musicianship, and artistry

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like to travel outside of the country more often. Also to extend the college tour, which got shorter as years progressed.

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