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Review from Guidestar
February 12, 2011

Mosaic Alum (97-2001)
Mosaic was a life changing experience, I've made life long friends and it taught me many life lessons that I carry with me today. Mosaic empowers young people to reach for their full potential which can be carried over to adulthood. I learned that there isn't room for
mediocrity and whenever I'm committed to something be it a job, a performance, or school I should always give my all. I will never forget my mosaic experience, it's a Gem in the city of Detroit. Mosaic isn't just a typical theater program, but a life changing experience.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in my adulthood. I was prepared to become a music major, and I came into undergrad knowing about performance and technique.

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

Maybe do a popular show to close the season every once in a while.

February 12, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 12, 2011

I am a Mosaic alum (96-98). Mosaic helped me to develop focus, a greater work ethic, and self esteem that I desperately needed at that time. I credit my Mosaic experience with my success as an adult. I was not a troubled youth by any means, but I don't think I realized my full potential until I joined Mosaic. I don't work in the performing arts, but I still use the skills and traits that I learned in Mosaic to help me to be successful in my corporate job. Whenever I'm having a bad day, I always remind myself to "focus up" and to accept "only the best, nothing less" from myself.
Mosaic is a wonderful organization that has done so much for so many kids from different backgrounds. I cherish the memories and lifelong friendships that I made over those two years.

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I came to Mosaic with a love of theater, but very low self esteem. Mosaic instilled in me that hard work can get you where you want to go. Through the training and experience that I received at Mosaic, my self esteem skyrocketed.

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I am rather far removed from them now, so I'm not sure I'm qualified to make any recommendations for change. I only wish that Mosaic could get even more exposure so that they can help more kids realize their dreams.

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

We went to the winter Woodward Wonderland performance, and it was a lot of fun. It was fast paced and well done. The best part if how obvious it is that Mosaic gives the kids confidence. It seems like a really successful program.

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watching the Woodward Wonderland performance.

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I don't know enough about it to answer this adequately.

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

I have been a supporter of Mosaic since it was founded. I have attended all of their productions over the years and have brought and encouraged friends and associates to do the same.

The quality of their work compares favorably to professional actors and singers.

The members are
supportive of one another and provide a positive peer environment that will contribute to their future academic and professional lives

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I attend all of their performances and activities. I have known a number of the participants and their families over the years and have discussed the organization with them, as well as having known and interacted with a number of staff members.

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They have an appropriate mission and goals that they evaluate continuously and I don't see the need for any significant changes. They deserve even greater support from the corporate community to develop their own facility. School systems, public and private should support and assist in any way they can, since Mosaic provides an essential enhancement to education that schools have not made a priority or have felt unable to do so.

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

I have attended a number of events and performances given by Mosaic, players, singers,ect. The level of professional development that young people gain thru their experience with Mosaic is remarkable. It clearly affects their whole life

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I have seen the growth and development of young people and the sons and daughters of friends as a result of the Mosaic programs

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

Expand the opportunity for schools to contract with Mosaic to provide performing arts education in the schools

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

I have seen Mosaic Youth Theatre perform on numerous occasions. Their qest, talent and ability to move an audience is unparalleled. It is a pleasure to see them, whether singing, dancing or acting. These youg people project confidence and excellence. I have taken many friends to wathc their performances over the years. They have dealt with sensitive subjects, historical subjects and homegrown subjects such as Motown; no matter what they are consistently a class act!

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Performing

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Nothing; leadership and founder Mr. Sperling are topo-notch

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

I am a choral director, choral arranger and composer of vocal music. I have worked in the field for 30 years. I am a huge fan of MOSAIC. They did not ask me to write this and i don't know anyone from MOSAIC personally. I am always impressed when I see them. Here's is some of what they have going for them: energy, enthusiasm, professionalism, creativity, respect for Detroit's musical heritage, teamwork, variety of repertoire and discipline.

The last performance I saw was on a sunny day in Royal Oak during a fair this past summer. They were an absolute delight. The kids smile when they sing and you can tell they mean it. They collaborated with a couple of dancers, adding visual variety to their show. They always seem to be trying new things.

I have seen them in concert, as well, and I saw them perform musical theater. They are always great - there is an integrity and dignity about the way they perform that is deeply moving.

As I mentioned, I am a professional in the field, but when I go to hear them, I am a fan.

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concerts and performances

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like to see them perform more often

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

For more than fifteen years I have been involved with Mosaic as either a board or committee member. I have enjoyed this volunteer activity quite immensely as I have watched Mosaic grow from "the little theater company that could" to one of the region's best run non-profits. Kudos to Rick and his staff for knowing how to grow the organization without losing site of its mission, which is to help our youth reach their potential and be productive members of society.

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the many productions I have attended. I have witnessed confident, enthusiastic performers on stage and behind the scenes. I have also heard accounts of sacrifices made and the discipline required of the young artists in the program.

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provide the organization with the resources to reach its next goal as mosaic continues to be a vital asset to the kids served as well as to the city of Detroit.

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

Mosaic Youth Theater of Detroit is an outstanding organization that truly has a valuable program that makes a difference the lives of young people personally, professionally and academically. The Mosaic Youth Theater has had an impact on my organization’s work for over 10 years. The founder and Director, Rick Sperling is an active member of New Detroit's Cultural Exchange Network. The organization has lent their talent to help break down barriers in race relations by performing at our annual Concert of Colors, Multicultural Leadership Series graduation and more recently our youth summit, with a performance entitled "Speak for Yourself." Over 300 youth of different ethnicities were engaged to talk about racial stereotypes through this phenomenal performance. Not just a performance this show provided edutainment for the young people that attended.

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many collaborative efforts between our organizations.

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offer the work of this organizaton to be replicated as a positive model for youth in other cities.

February 11, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 11, 2011

I have attended several Mosaic shows over the years and am often disappointed when I have to miss one. I love their enthusiasm, their talent, and their devotion to the group. What a wonderful outlet for those students who love music and musical "theater". The group is made up of a wide range of ages, gender, ethnicity, socio-economic, and urban/suburban. What a wonderful venue for breaking down barriers.

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seeing the faces of the performers, parents and other family members, just beaming with pride at what they have accomplished. Audiences are blown away by the professional quality of their productions. And we are only seeing the end result of what the instructors and others who direct and work with these youngsters on a one-to-one basis.

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

Hope that they could generate enough grant money and other revenue to expand the program so more youngsters can get involved.

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