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

like to see them perform more often

February 7, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 7, 2011

As a Detroit teacher for 20 years, my experiences with Mosaic were both academic, and personal. Whenever Mosaic visited my school, the connection and admiration of the students was palpable - they were not only galvanized by the entertainment level of the group but by the modeled discipline and comraderie that were impliciat and explicit. This organization is free to its participants so many at risk students were able to audition, join and learn professionlism through theater. Mosaic's rate of participants who complete high school is astonishing given the statistics for Detroit. On a personal level, my own daughters became part of Mosaic and I can truthfully say, the organization changed and shaped thier lives.

The Great!

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My daughters, specific students I have taught, statistically.

Ways to make it better...

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

find a way to insure financial stability given the non-profit turmoil of the past years.

February 4, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 4, 2011

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.

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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.

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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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