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.
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit means a lot to me. Even though I am no longer in the company, I try to stay in touch with as many people as possible. When I was in the company, I learned so much about the demands of being an actor: you will constantly be auditioning, performing and receiving candid and realistic criticism from people around you. Mosaic gives you that REAL experience! I have been involved in numerous acting classes, workshops, casting calls--but none of them can compare to the demands of Mosaic. We not only learn but we do, we perform. I am so very grateful that this organization is provided to the youth in the Detroit area. Mosaic is very unyielding on all of its young artists, its not some typical after-school drama club, it is a youth developmental organization, through the arts. Mosaic not only prepares you for life as an actor or a singer, be also life itself. I have recommended this organization to numerous people and when they receive the Mosaic experience--its truly life changing.

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Every moment of my life

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

Hopefully Mosaic can get the funding to improve the rehearsal space we use. We could get acting studios and do camera work. Maybe even add a dance program! Otherwise, the program is excellent!

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

We hosted a summer gathering to honor and raise awareness to this incredible organization. The kids involved with this organization are not just talented, they are the future leaders of our community. The opportunity that Detroit Mosaic allows, prepares these young people for success in so many ways. The self-confidence, self-awareness, group work ethic all vital traits needed for the renaissance of our fair city and for the nation as a whole.

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

The performances I've attended and the interaction I've had with both the staff and the students involved.

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

Only wish for more performances. They are all so great!

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

The Mosaic Youth Theater of Detroit is a wonderful program that allows students the opportunity to receive professional training and experience in the theatre arts. The majority of Mosaic's singers and actors are inner-city students with little or no arts opportunities in their schools. Mosaic welcomes and encourages diversity and focuses on educating and strengthening the talents of these individuals as well as entertaining the community and presenting elements of American and Detroit history through the many original productions they exhibit.

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

seeing the confidence gained by the young artists. The young artists learn how to work and perform with their peers and treat each other with respect and compassion. It is inspiring to watch these students grow through Mosaic's program and graduate with a strong sense of self, great appreciation of the arts, and a confidence to pursue their dreams.

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

encourage more community involvement and make their presence even stronger. I believe that more schools need to be aware of Mosaic's program and present the opportunity to students in the suburbs who would greatly benefit from the experience.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

The amazingly talented group of young people sing, dance and have comedic acting skills far beyond many professional adults. I have experienced their performances on more than one occassion and have been brought to tears and laughed out loud. Their performances are a gift each and everytime to their audience.

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

Viewing their performances - amazing to be a part of their special magic.

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

Provide them with more funds to become, bigger better and provide more opportunities for talented youth.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

My husband and I have been attending performances of the Mosaic Youth Theatre for approximately ten years, and have become very familiar with its operatons. The level of professionalism and discipline achieved by the children and young adults who participate in this program is truly astounding, and we are constantly amazed by the standards of excellence that are consistently and successfully demanded of them by the directors and staff. The skills the participants gain obviously carry over into their later life. Approximately 95% go on to college. In an inner city plagued with poverty, drugs, etc., this achievement is astounding.

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My attitude towards young people and their hopes for the future has definitely brightened.

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

It works so well, I could suggest no changes. I am sure they consistent and constant funding would make their life easier and make them available to a greater number of participants.

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Review from Guidestar
Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

The amazingly talented group of young people sing, dance and have comedic acting skills far beyond many professional adults. I have experienced their performances on more than one occassion and have been brought to tears and laughed out loud. Their performances are a gift each and everytime to their audience.

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

Viewing their performances - amazing to be a part of their special magic.

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

Provide them with more funds to become, bigger better and provide more opportunities for talented youth.

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