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February 18, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 18, 2011

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.

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

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

February 14, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 14, 2011

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.

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

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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..

February 12, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 12, 2011

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!

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

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

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

I began volunteering for mosaic through friending them on Facebook. Working in the development bullpen with Nikki and the rest, as well as, in programs with Megan, gave me the courage and open eyes to see what I want to pursue full time.

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Seeing the improvement in the self-awareness of the Mosaic Young Artists.

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I wouldn't! I think they are a well run organization dedicated to and following their mission.

February 10, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 10, 2011

For my three children and one exchange student, participating in Mosaic has been a life changing experience. and really that is the best way to explain it - an experience.
My son, involved for 4 years, went from a self-conscious, talented introvert to a confident, talented, assertive,
motivated individual. My daughter, involved for 3 years, gained training in technical theater that has given her a sense of accomplishment, and fostered, nurtured, and supported her leadership skills that have carried her into her graduate studies. My exchange daughter, of one year from Hong Kong, had experiences and friendships through Mosaic she may never have gotten otherwise. My youngest daughter has been exposed to Mosaic through her brother's joining into post high school volunteering. Her own personal 3 years included office and summer internships. The years of supporting my children’s' involvement has led to my own personal relationship with Mosaic youth Theater of Detroit. While focusing on each person's talent, helping them explore other talents, pushing them to respect themselves and others, and maintain educational excellence, this company gives each member a sense of acceptance, belonging, family, and lifelong relationships.

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The first time I personally attended a Mosaic singers' event, I witnessed the change in the audience and felt the emotional shift as they took command of the stage. This was true for the actors' performances also. When you observe them offstage, they seem to be typical teenagers - goofing around, having fun, or whatever; but when it is time to perform, there is an instantaneous transformation...and they are artists.

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There is one aspect to the Mosaic ensemble that is presently missing, that is the technical theater component. As in any theater production, there is stage personnel needed. It was such a sense of pride when the Director would announce that even the set was built by Mosaic technical artists and “there were no adults backstage running the production". The return of this program would complete a full circle of Mosaic's theater training.

February 9, 2011

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February 9, 2011

Everyone should have a chance to follow their dreams I am so proud that my daughter has been given the opportunity to be a part of this organization. Mosaic allows young people to do things that they may not ever have the opportunity to do, like college tours and meeting professionals in the arts.
Mosaic as changed my daughter's life for the better for life. (Jenia is totally motivated to be her best thanks to Mosaic). Jenia has always had an appreciation for the arts, playing the viola, cheerleading and dance lessons were her stepping stone before auditioning for Mosaic. With so many interest and distractions Mosaic gave her a foundation, direction, and the best opportunity ever!
My husband and I are volunteers for just over a year I. Our busy schedules don’t stop us from doing what we can to help out. This is a worthwhile place to be a member, volunteer, and donor. Mosaic may not be for everyone’s but it has help my daughter find her passion.


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Every play I have viewed was exceptional and professional.

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Make it a national organization so all young people across the US would hav the opportunity that my daughter has been given.

February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

Mosaic is more than an organization. It is by definition an "experience" composed of a combination of diverse elements (youth). The Mosaic “experience,” unlike any other cultivates the attributes and talents of its members and fuels their passion for the arts. Unlike most of our secondary educational institutions where funding has been eliminated or seriously decreased, Mosaic remains a bastion for the arts.

I continue to remain in awe of the commitment by Mr. Sperling and Mosaic staff to maintain this excellent program. I encourage everyone to dig deep to ensure that this wonderful program continues to provide the invaluable service to the youth, our community, and our world.

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My children, alums of the Mosaic family, received multiple scholarships based upon Mosaic leadership experiences and community service. One of my children formed an a ccapella choir on her college campus because of her experience as assistant student musical director with Mosaic. Another, child was one of two "freshman" given a role in a major production at her university.

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Raise more money to ensure that more youth have an opportunity to "experience" Mosaic!

February 4, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 4, 2011

Mosaic is a truly inspiring organization that transforms the lives of young people through involvement in the arts. The youth who participate in Mosaic's programs are confident, charismatic, and well-spoken young leaders...a true testament to the efficacy of the program. Go and see a Mosaic performance for yourself - you won't believe that you are seeing and hearing students and not seasoned professionals!

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Interacting with the young artists and watching their highly professional performances

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Hire another full time development staff person - this is a highly effective and fundable program that could generate even more donations (translating directly into more students reached) with a larger staff.

February 4, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 4, 2011

Mosaic Youth Theater is an awesome program. I've had two youngsters to go through the program. It has helped them to develop more confidence in themselves and their ability to deal with everyday life functions. They have both become leaders in any group that they become active with. Mosaic pushes students towards excellence in both academics as well as social events. As a result of my kids being a part of Mosaic they take on challenges and new adventures with a sense of great accomplishment and competitiveness. The training that Mosaic provides for the young artist free of cost is first rate. Mosaic takes you from your starting point and by the end of the year you are performing almost at a professional level again free of cost. Both of my kids enjoyed being apart of Mosaic but wanted to kind of be low keyed. The directors saw leadership potential in both of them and pushed them both into leadership roles. I also like the idea that the artist are also exposed to college tours to help them in their college aspirations. The parent group is great. We enjoyed getting together to do additional things to help out children and to also let them know that we too have an invested interest in the program. Mr. Rick Sperling made us feel at home and allowed parents to support the program with fundraisers, potluck dinners and cookouts. I truly felt as the youngsters felt that this was out "extended family". I really hope that Mosaic Youth Theater continues to get the financial support from corporate sponsors so that other Metropolitan youth can have a positive role model as my kids have experienced.

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Seeing the excitement and growth of my children both academically and personally.

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I don't think there is any one thing that I would want to change.

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