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: 4 stars  

The energy and talent that exists is impressive. Young people need outlets like Mosaic to learn and show their talent. Every person I have taken to a perfomrance is always impressed.

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

performances

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

none

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Rating: 5 stars  

Like many in metro-Detroit, I was first exposed to Mosaic through its shows. The production quality and talent of the youth is inspiring. That experience led me to research more about the organization and it seems well run both in its programs and its finances.

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

the quality of their productions.

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

focus less on gospel music based shows and more on all forms of Detroit's music heritage (Motown, garage rock, house music, jazz, etc)

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Rating: 5 stars  

Mosaic is a great program for teenagers in the Detroit area. They are exposed to the arts and grounded in work ethic. I have been to their performances and they are phenomenal. It is a program that works. It needs to be duplicated throughout the country. It also needs to be duplicated in other fields of the arts in the Detroit area since there are so many talented youths here with little to do. I gave to this organization because I am a resident of Detroit and I am very much vested in these future leaders.

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

when I see youth fro this organization graduating from high school and going on to college. Many of their peers do not experience the same success and I believe Mosaic is a big part of their success.

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

offer it to more youth. Expanding the program would be a great idea.

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Rating: 5 stars  

i've donated and volunteered and i've been in the audience at some great shows. mosaic makes every dollar count and produces great entertainment that is at times also great art-- crossing 8 mile is a case in point.

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

some fantastic shows i saw

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

help it reach more kids in Detroit and its suburbs

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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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