Living Arts

Living Arts ignites creativity in the lives of Detroit youth through the performing, visual, and media arts.


About Living Arts

We envision a future in which all youth have access to engaging, high-quality arts experiences, so that they can lead with confidence and empathy, drawing strength from their cultures and communities.

Working at the intersection of art and learning, Living Arts commits to the following set of fundamental beliefs:

Respect for Young People | Directed by youth voice, we honor the self-determination of young people of all ages and commit to the creation of meaningful exchange based on developmentally appropriate practice.

Respect for Relationships | In community with one another, we remain responsive to the visions that families, organizations, funders, and individuals bring to the work. We commit to co-creation with one another as we grow.

Respect for Artistic Excellence | Knowing that artists are uniquely positioned to develop young people and push challenging boundaries, we demand inquiry around the role of the arts as it intersects with education and community. We commit to the professional development and advancement of the teaching artist profession.


Living Arts is committed to building racial equity practices into the organization by communicating and behaving in ways that create transformative action. This is an iterative process for the organization and we have measures by which we are holding ourselves accountable.

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