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808, 2019

‘It’s a knife fight.’ Here’s how 3 orchestras facing the same problems as the Baltimore Symphony bounced back

August 8th, 2019|

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra The orchestra ran up a $3.8 million deficit in the 2008-09 fiscal year and faced a $6.5 million deficit the following year. City government was in no position to provide a bailout; within a few years, Detroit became the largest municipality in the U.S. to file for bankruptcy. During contract negotiations with the musicians, the symphony sought to impose a [...]

1207, 2019

DSO launches effort to activate secluded courtyard behind The Max

July 12th, 2019|

While a dozen cultural institutions move forward with a plan to activate the outdoor space in Detroit’s 83-acre anchor cultural district a mile up Woodward Avenue, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra is doing the same for a courtyard in its backyard. The orchestra has secured over $1 million in grants for summer programs and planning efforts aimed at creating a more permanent stage in the [...]

2706, 2019

Yad Ezra Inspires Change in Poland

June 27th, 2019|

On a trip to Detroit, Poland’s Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich visited Berkley’s Yad Ezra, which serves about 3,000 people each year. After seeing the change Yad Ezra has made in the community, Schudrich was inspired to start a kosher food pantry in Warsaw. The Polish pantry now is fully operational, thanks in major part to assistance from Yad Ezra staff. The kosher food pantry comes [...]

1906, 2019

A once-blighted Fitzgerald home is finding new life as an early childhood learning center

June 19th, 2019|

The new Fitzgerald house, which celebrated its grand opening on June 8, is the latest in a series of innovative neighborhood child learning centers set up by Brilliant Detroit in the city over the last several years. “Brilliant Detroit is an organization that helps to create kid success neighborhoods, where kids and families have what they need to be school-ready, reading at grade level [...]

1706, 2019

Defusing tantrums, tying laces, and changing young lives — while living under the poverty line

June 17th, 2019|

Cindy Lester calmly sat down on the child-sized couch with the 4-year-old who had been careening around her classroom all morning. He’d just flipped an empty soup bowl onto his head. “You have a lot going on inside you today,” she said. “What’s going on? Are you tired?” To a lot of teachers, a high-spirited boy like this one might seem like a problem [...]

2905, 2019

Foundations give $2.5 million to improve early childhood education facilities in Detroit

May 29th, 2019|

The Kresge Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation and PNC Foundation Wednesday morning announced $2.5 million in joint grants to support improvements in early childhood education facilities in Detroit neighborhoods. The announcement came during the Detroit Regional Chamber's Mackinac Policy Conference as part of an opening session hosted by Kresge on the need to align early childhood and K-12 systems to help children succeed in school. [...]

2904, 2019

Education program brings students, teachers to ‘Hamilton’

April 29th, 2019|

The powerful musical presence of “Hamilton” will bring history to life for 3,900 high school students and teachers this month through an innovative educational program and foundation subsidies. Attendees from 59 area high schools who have spent the past several weeks learning about Alexander Hamilton and the nation’s Founding Fathers, through a special integrated curriculum, will see a matinee performance of “Hamilton” for $10 [...]

504, 2019

How poetry can help kids get to college

April 5th, 2019|

Where can poetry take our students? In a word: everywhere. Poetry takes students to college. To the White House and the stage of the renowned Kennedy Center. And deep into their own imaginations where it builds critical thinking skills, bolsters academic achievement and creates connections. InsideOut Literary Arts, the Detroit-based nonprofit I head, has been teaching poetry in Detroit-area schools for nearly 25 years, [...]


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