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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Art road nonprofit's mission is that children throughout southeastern michigan will have access to art instruction.

Programs: Art class. Brings art back into detroit public schools where art has been eliminated due to budget cuts. Art class is held monday and wednesdays at charles wright academy of arts & science, fridays at edison elementary and beginning january 2014, mondays at charles spain elementary. Approximately 1,500 students (k-5th) attended art class throughout the year.

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have visited the Art Road Non Profit art classes in action. This is an amazing program. I am a teacher and I am so grateful to have art classes still available in my art district. My students have multiple and severe disabilities and I see the joy on the faces of my students each time they go to art class. Art allows them to express themselves in alternative ways that they do not have access to during the rest of the school day. I was able to witness this with a classroom of children with disabilities at Edison Elementary, as an Art Road Non Profit volunteer. The Art Road staff and volunteers embraced all of the children in art class that day and let them express themselves in their art and encouraged individuality. As a teacher and a parent, I am always inspired by organizations that can reach students and help them build confidence. I have witnessed first hand how utilizing arts and creativity can help children overcome insecurities, and challenges. This is what Art Road is all about. We have to keep the arts in schools for those students that need encouragement to remain engaged in school. Art Road helps all children but especially touches children at risk. I have witnessed the passion of the staff and volunteers and know that they are truly dedicated to each child they work with.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Art Road Non Profit Corporation is a very creative and productive corporation. All of Detroit Public Schools (if any) no longer have art classes in the daily curriculum. While interning for Art Road Non Profit Corporation it was one of the most humbling experiences that confirmed my goal that I set forth to become a social worker. The art classes start off with an educational aspect first. The art students are educated about the history of prolific artists and their form(s) of what art was/is to them. The students were encouraged to express themselves artistically through colors, drawings and several other different forms of artistry. The Hofgartner's and all their staff would engage the student talk to them and become very animated in their art and conversation with the students. The students looked forward to learning and showing off their skills. Stephen and Carol Hofgartner are two amazing, kind hearted, gifted and driven individuals that I am very thankful to have met and worked with. I wish them and every student that comes in contact with all the success in the world.

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Christos R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I honestly could not imagine an educational experience without art. ART is what Art Road brings to the schools they effect, the DPSS schools without ART. Without Art Road there would be so many DPSS elementary students with very little, if any, creativity to look forward to during their school week. Isn't creativity what keeps so many of us going? Creating 2D and 3D objects from scratch, and exercising your problem-solving skills to get the job done? Art Road is essential to all of the right-brained young people out there (and there are so many...) who need to apply their abilities to creative and problem-solving pursuits.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have known about Art Road since 2008 or 09 when I first started volunteering to get artwork to auction off at their annual event to help the students of Detroit. Since art classes were taken out of the curriculum in Detroit, Art Road has been able to help so many kids find their artistic sides back in the classroom. I have been a volunteer in the classrooms and you can see the light in their eyes when they are coming in to the classroom to take their seats and get ready to start getting creative. It is like you can see the thought bubbles above the kids heads once they get to start creating the lesson of the day. I think Art Road has made an impact in and out of the classrooms of Detroit. Kids take their learning and imaginations with them and use it in their everyday lives.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Art Road has been a tremendous asset to the entire Edison community. The students have gained a sense of pride in their art projects and the freedom to feel a sense of success outside of the academic setting. Also, the students look forward to all Friday sessions and the opportunity to express themselves in the most creative nature within the art classes. In addition, the Art Road program allows the teachers to be an active observer in the class due to the fact that all lessons are led by energetic, motivated, and innovative instructors. Lastly, the Art Road program has increased my student's overall exposure to a wide range of life experiences and future careers. I am incredibly grateful for all of the hard work and dedication that Edison has received from the Art Road program.

Marcus G. Davenport, Principal
Edison Elementary
17045 Grand River Avenue
Detroit, MI. 48227
(Office) 313-852-1066

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Art Road is a great organization for bringing art classes back to public schools. The students were very excited to create their own masterpieces and couldn’t stop smiling while they were painting. It was a great experience and I would love to be a part of it again as a volunteer!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Art Road is absolutely wonderful! I have volunteered for them a couple times and every time is a great experience. The kids love the fun projects they bring into the classrooms. A lot of these kids wouldn't have the opportunity or exposure to art and the creativity that goes along with it if not for Art Road.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer with the Art Road, I have fun working with the kids. Most importantly, to see students entering the classroom with happy faces and being excited about the opportunity to paint and draw is so inspiring. The Art Road program touches not only students’ lives - it touched mine, and I believe many others too.

Aleksandra Petrov, Jr. Art Director, MyLocker

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Art Road brings world class art projects to Detroit Public School children who do not have art as a part of their curriculum. It is an amazing nonprofit that allows professionals in all walks of artistic fields such as: automotive design, architecture, etc...to come and work with the children and mentor them through art, developing a love of art in our future work force. Carol, the founder, is full of heart and works successfully and tirelessly to bring art to hundreds of DPS students each and every week with her teaching artists. Attendance has gone up on art days at school and the children know what it feels like to create and to have the sense of accomplishment and recognition that goes along with that. Carol is the real deal. You can't help but to want to help her see her dream come to fruition. Amazing and important work being done here!!!

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Caitlin8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Art Road has not only been an amazing goal-oriented group, but they have truly transformed art education and community strength.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for Art Road several times and there is no greater reward than making a difference in the lives of young children in our community. I have had the unique opportunity to volunteer assisting kids with their art projects in their elementary school art classes, helping to build an art installation at the incredible Heidelberg Project in Detroit and collecting art supplies at numerous Detroit Tigers Opening Day celebrations. All of these opportunities offered a unique chance to interact with some amazing children (and adults) and I am forever grateful. Art Road does some incredible things and I wish them continued success.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for quite a few non profits but Art Road really stands out from the rest. They provide art class to students that have lost it in their curriculum due to budget cuts. Seeing how happy the kids are to be able to freely express themselves through artistic expression is a gift in itself. Art Road has kept me coming back to volunteer since 2009 because they are such passionate, caring, all around good people. They genuinely care about their non profit, the children's lives they enrich, and the people that volunteer for them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Artroad is an amazing non profit! From the minute I was introduced to the concept of bringing Art back into schools I knew I had to get involved. My children are in school in their curriculum includes so little art that I had to go outside the public school system and pay for the classes that I knew would round their education and fulfill their creative minds. I am an artist and make a living from my photography. I love my career and can't imagine what I would be doing If I hadn't had amazing teachers and exposure to the arts. I love to volunteer for Artroad and watch the excitement and joy the kids have about art class! They come running down the halls and never want to leave. Art starts conversation, it allows space for imagination and dreams. It is an essential building block to individuality. Let's face it , art is fun and an extremely important part of life. Like the bumper sticker says….. Life without art is stupid!

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Doug Z.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Art Road is the most genuine, sincere, and caring nonprofit organization that I have ever volunteered for. The leadership team is dedicated to offering art to elementary school-aged students who may not have this exposure otherwise. Art enables these children to express themselves in a unique way. Each volunteer experience is rewarding with Art Road, and I walk away richer from being a part of it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Art Road is all about providing great experiences for young students. Their art classes allow children an opportunity for artistic expression, a place to relax and have fun, and a way to open their eyes to other worlds. Art Road isn't just for students, but they're also great at engaging volunteers. There are regular opportunities to work one-on-one with students on their art projects, which is always a lot of fun.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I visited an ArtRoad classroom at the Charles Wright Academy in Detroit a few months ago. I can't begin to tell you how impressed I was by the level of instruction, student engagement, and school support for this program. Instruction in the arts is critical to the future success of our country, as not every student will be attracted to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). We can't afford to leave any students behind, and ArtRoad is clearly attracting student interest. As a nation, we need to start supporting STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math). I wish ArtRoad programs were offered in every school in Detroit and across the country where art classes have been eliminated.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Art Road is beautiful! The students are so excited about art and need it. Volunteering with my sons in the art room makes us feel good and often with larger organizations you are not working side by side with the students. Seeing the students' smiles and their pride in their art is really rewarding. My sons enjoy making art and talk on the way home from volunteering about how lucky they are to have art at their school.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A lot of the students were really happy with their art project and really enjoyed doing it. I thought being with all the kids, it was pretty cool being a volunteer as a high school student. The kids could definitely relate to me because I am younger. I was there very recently at their age.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Inspiring the love for learning and teaching students the skills to succeed are very rewarding aspects of my job as a Montessori school teacher. Art Road's art program gives the students the chance to learn critical thinking by making art, enhances large and fine motor skills and opens them up to a new world of famous artists, art terms and art history. I have seen Art Road first hand in the art rooms as a volunteer and at numerous events. Congratulations Art Road in making art class happen for the students that would not orherwise have the opportunity to have fun making art!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a home designer and builder, art has been a big part of my life. I had art classes at Parkman Elementary School in Detroit and those classes were the Foubdation of my love for art and career in the arts. As a guest artist with Art Road, together we create Signature Art Prijects with the students and additional volunteers at a sophisticated level. We challenge the students and the students rise to the challenge. My artistic work and being a board member with Art Road are extremely rewarding knowing we are providing art classes at a high level.

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