An education in the fine and performing arts has been shown to boost academic achievement; assist in the development of workplace skills; promote discipline, collaboration and cooperation; and enhance self‐esteem. Students who have had the benefit of a fine and performing arts education develop critical thinking and fine motor skills that help them perform better in other classes and develop life skills at home.

Fine and Performing Arts Highlights


  • All City High School Marching Band | $100,000

    The 120 member All City High School Marching Band was established to represent DPS via performances in major parades and venues across the region. The band performed in the America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Lake Orion Festival of Lights Parade, and the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl Game and Parade in Atlanta, Georgia. The students learned to work together across school boundaries, and perform as a single, highly trained and skilled unit. They served as national ambassadors for Detroit Public Schools and had the opportunity to travel and experience performing before a national audience.

  • Detroit School of Arts | $10,000

    Registration fees were provided for 25 students to attend the 27th Annual International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. Students had the opportunity to take Master classes, participate in panel discussions, view nightly professional performances, and interact with dancers from all across the nation. Students returned from the conference “with a greater appreciation and passion for the artistry of dance.”

  • Motor City Lyric Opera | $8,000

    When we think of opera, high school students do not generally come to mind. However, a new hip production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” provided an entrée into the themes of good vs evil, man’s search for love, and his struggle to attain wisdom and virtue. With Foundation support for set pieces, costumes and stipends for professional opera singers, the production was offered free of charge to DPS High Schools. Approximately 8000 students experienced this art form, most for the first time.

Fine and Performing Arts Grants for 2014/15


  • InsideOut Literary Arts Project | $15,000

    High school students gained leadership, writing, and performance skills through participation in the Citywide Poets event which culminated in an anthology of student works.

  • The Arts League of Michigan | $12,000

    Enhanced students’ appreciation for arts and culture through summer and weekend art academies.

  • Detroit Children’s Choir | $12,000

    Enriched students’ musical experience with the creation of two school choirs who performed a spring concert attended by 1,200 people.

  • Burton International Academy | $10,000

    Inspired student learning through the introduction of an instrumental music program.

  • Sphinx Organization | $10,000

    110 students were given violin lessons through the Overture and Musical Encounters Program and participated in four community concerts that reached 700 students.

  • Michigan Opera Theatre | $10,000

    The Michigan Opera Theatre offered performances and workshops that enriched learning in the arts.

  • East English Village Prep Academy | $9,685

    Expanded the instrumental music program for 149 high school students.

  • Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit | $7,000

    1,195 students attended culturally enriching performances by the Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit.

  • Rackham Symphony Choir | $3,000

    Gave students the opportunity to attend the dress rehearsal of Too Hot to Handel. Post-performance, 30 students attended a vocal master class by the professional singers.

  • Bennett Elementary Middle School | $3,000

    After-school music program cultivated students’ understanding of musical theory and application. Thirty-one 1st-5th graders entertained the community with a year-end exhibition.

  • Detroit Institute of Arts | $3,000

    298 students shared their unique artwork through the Student Exhibit viewed by 15,000 people.

  • Sphinx Organization, Inc. | $2,500

    Stimulated students musical growth through summer private lessons.

  • Ludington Magnet Middle School | $1,000

    Revived the school music program through instrument repair.

  • East English Village Prep Academy | $700

    Students explored the vocal arts through field trips to the District Choral, State Solo, & Ensemble Festivals.

  • Detroit School of Arts | $458

    The youth of VISION Choir participated in a live performance promoting non-alcoholic driving during the holidays.

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High | $350

    Supported the marching band.

  • Spain Elementary Middle School | $250

    Students experienced the excitement of the Nutcracker Ballet performed at the prestigious Opera House.