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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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  

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: 4 stars  

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.

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

watching the Woodward Wonderland performance.

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

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

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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

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

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

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

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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

Performing

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

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

 
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