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Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Music, Theater, Youth Development Programs

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 national 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.

Geographic areas served: Detroit

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.

Community Stories

47 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

sherr

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the best youth programs ever presented to the youth of Detroit and their families. My daughter is a great example and an alumni. Our family was blessed to have our daughter learn and grow in this positive environment. The teachers exemplified the best in music and education. We can't wait to see the results of all the hard work at Mosaic. We truly are looking forward to our daughter graduating with a degree in Musical Theater in 2017. Our daughter was a natural talent that blossomed under the care of Rick Sterling and an awesome staff and administration. . It was our pleasure to meet the outstanding Mrs Delashea Strawder one of the best Directors that inspires her students to have self-esteem, character and self-reliance. I am determined to do all I can to help this organization get the word out. Mosaic, "The Best and Nothing Less", a hidden gem in the city of Detroit that needs to be supported and highlighted by any means possible. I only wish this opportunity would have been available 40 years earlier my life may have turned out a lot different.

sherr

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the best youth programs ever presented to the youth of Detroit and their families. My daughter is a great example and an alumni. Our family was blessed to have our daughter learn and grow in this positive environment. The teachers exemplified the best in music and education. We can't wait to see the results of all the hard work at Mosaic. We truly are looking forward to our daughter graduating with a degree in Musical Theater in 2017. Our daughter was a natural talent that blossomed under the care of Rick Sterling and an awesome staff and administration. . It was our pleasure to meet the outstanding Mrs Delashea Strawder one of the best Directors that inspires her students to have self-esteem, character and self-reliance. I am determined to do all I can to help this organization get the word out. Mosaic, "The Best and Nothing Less", a hidden gem in the city of Detroit that needs to be supported and highlighted by any means possible. I only wish this opportunity would have been available 40 years earlier my life may have turned out a lot different.

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.


Client Served

Rating: 5

Mosaic gives young people an opportunity to make good choices explore creativity and cherish diversity. Mosaic not only builds character but teaches their youth to strive for the best. Their performances are top notch and I can't wait for the next. I have introduced Mosaic to some of my friends all of whom were unaware of the quality and are making plans to incorporate Mosaic into future family plans.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 4

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

Gregory S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Mosaic Alum (97-2001)
Mosaic was a life changing experience, I've made life long friends and it taught me many life lessons that I carry with me today. Mosaic empowers young people to reach for their full potential which can be carried over to adulthood. I learned that there isn't room for mediocrity and whenever I'm committed to something be it a job, a performance, or school I should always give my all. I will never forget my mosaic experience, it's a Gem in the city of Detroit. Mosaic isn't just a typical theater program, but a life changing experience.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a Mosaic alum (96-98). Mosaic helped me to develop focus, a greater work ethic, and self esteem that I desperately needed at that time. I credit my Mosaic experience with my success as an adult. I was not a troubled youth by any means, but I don't think I realized my full potential until I joined Mosaic. I don't work in the performing arts, but I still use the skills and traits that I learned in Mosaic to help me to be successful in my corporate job. Whenever I'm having a bad day, I always remind myself to "focus up" and to accept "only the best, nothing less" from myself.
Mosaic is a wonderful organization that has done so much for so many kids from different backgrounds. I cherish the memories and lifelong friendships that I made over those two years.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar