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A Focus On Enrichment Programs

Piano Labs Instructor Hugh Little with Woods Lake Elementary School Student

Making Piano Accessible for All Kids

Piano Labs gives some of Kalamazoo’s most vulnerable kids and young adults a chance to make music and become pianists. 

Justin Bartha with Matrix Teen Company

Teens Transform Raw Ideas into Poignant Performances

At Matrix School of Theatre in southwest Detroit, young people write and perform original plays that entertain and educate, bringing to the stage crucial issues in their lives. 

GIRLS CHAT WITH U.S. ROWING TEAM OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALISTS LOFGREN AND WHIPPLE

Supporting Girls in Technology

The Michigan Council of Women in Technology unites technology-minded girls and women of all age groups, inspiring and nurturing their interests and careers. 

Detroit Swims, Boll Family YMCA

In Pursuit of a Fitter Detroit

Reid Thebault has spent 40 years with the YMCA -- the last 20 in metro Detroit -- and will retire later this year. While he presided over a period of expansion for the Y, he considers his true legacy to be the organization's risk-taking culture.

2020 Girls

2020 Girls: Empowering Future Leaders in Science and Math

The 2020 Girls program develops a passion for STEM studies and careers in young girls in the Lansing area, engaging girls in traditionally male fields of study. 

5 E Gallery

Hip-Hop: Unifying Detroit Youth

Hip-hop gets a bad reputation, but a look outside the mainstream, at a small but powerful program for Detroit youth, provides a whole different view.
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Life of Lake Superior youth planted 5000 wildflower plugs

Program Connects Young People to Lake Superior

For youngsters who have grown up a stone's throw from its shores, Lake Superior's enormous presence can sometimes be taken for granted. 

Living Arts' ACT 1

Speaker Series: Creative Cities, The Next Generation

Join us August 22 in Detroit or Grand Rapids for a dual-city conversation on the state of arts education.

Creative Youth Center, Grand Rapids

The Next Generation of Creative Problem Solvers

Arts education contributes to all that we want for Michigan kids: academic achievement, emotional and social maturity, and equitable opportunity. But with pressure to raise standardized test scores, arts and culture programs are often pushed aside. We’ll take a look at who is filing the arts gap and why.

Filling the Gap in Arts Education - Detroit

VIDEO: Arts Education Detroit - Filling the Gap

Arts education meaningfully contributes to academic success, social development, civic engagement, and equal opportunity -- all the good things we want for Detroit kids. In our latest Michigan Nightlight video, we look at who's filling the gap in arts education and why. 

Filling the Gap in Arts Education - Grand Rapids

VIDEO: Shaping Creativity for Grand Rapids Youth

Colorful, relevant, and inspiring, this Michigan Nightlight video looks at who is filling the gap in arts education in Grand Rapids and why.

Tutor with student

Creative Writing, Tutoring Build Student Confidence

The nonprofit 826michigan recently expanded programming into Detroit. Participating students are digging it. 
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