• What's Happening?!

    You may be wondering where we have been? SUMMER CAMP 2014!  This summer was an incredibly awesome summer of kids, music, laughter, art, heat, dance, food, drama, water games, and most importantly, Christ. Each and ever year, it is amazing to see the Lord provide staff and money to run another summer of UA camps. This 7th summer was no exception. We were able to run four camps with nearly 200 kids. The theme of camp was based on Ephesians 6:10-18 this summer. "SUIT UP". Put on your full armor and prepare for battle. As the campers rotated to their classes each day and at the end of each week they put on a stellar performance. For more pictures and videos pop over to our facebook page! We'd love for you to be our friend:) Until next summer...


  • Give Thanks and Serve

    Kids with no inhibitions could potentially cause stress for the adults who are working with them. But when you see a child walk up to an elderly person in a wheelchair and throw their arms wide open for a hug, you have to smile and love the impulsive action.

    Today 58 elementary and middle school kids took their Saturday to serve others. Meeting at Highland Park Community Outreach, Urban Arts hosted the fall service project along with Kids that Rock from Kensington Church.  Splitting into three groups, the kids rotated to an outdoor paint activity, an indoor craft project and a music class.  Once the projects were completed, we loaded up and drove over to the Highland Park Nursing Home where the kids sang three songs and presented the crafts they made to the residents of the home.

    Jesus was present and the children's love was abounding!

  • summer camp needs 2011

    Hi Friends,
    In two months, Urban Arts will be running our fourth year of summer camps in Detroit! We are so blessed to be able to continue this ministry and are only able to do so with the Lord's help, your generous gifts and much needed prayers. :)

    Summer camps will run for four weeks this year. We will be partnering with City Mission, Central Detroit Christian, and Highland Park Community Outreach. If you live in the metro Detroit area and are interested in helping during the summer please contact us! The dates for the camps are as follows:

    June 27-July 1
    July 5-9
    July 11-15
    July 18-22

    Also, included below is a list of items that we need for our camps. Most are food items and craft supplies. If you would like to donate and item please contact us here. Gift cards and cash donations are also helpful as we purchase these supplies.

    Supply Needs
    1. Performance Dinner @ City Mission
    ______ taco shells
    ______ 3 large salsas
    ______ 2 large boxes tortilla chips..2bags in each box (found at Sam’s Club or Costco. OR large bags from the grocery store.
    ______ 10 pounds shredded cheese
    ______ 2 cans of Nacho Sauce (found at SAMS or Gordon’s Food Service)
    ______3 large sour creams
    ______ 2 large bags of shredded lettuce (GFS, Sam’s, Costco)
    ______ Box of tomatoes
    ______ 10 envelopes of taco seasoning
    ______ 4 large containers of lemonade mix
    ______ 3 containers PRE-made brownies (Sam’s/Costco/GFS)
    ______ 150 9oz. cups
    ______ 150 plasticware
    ______ 150 dinner plates
    ______ 150 bowls
    ______ dessert plates
    ______ napkins
    ______ 6 large aluminum foil pans
    ______ 6 medium aluminum foil pans
    ______ 35 pounds meat (or money donated to purchase it)
    ______ 250-300 individually wrapped ice cream bars
    ______ 2 large drink containers/dispensers
    2. Craft Supplies
    _____ 40 bags of polyfill pillow stuffing
    _____ 100 pack blank CD’Rs
    _____ Glue sticks
    3. Snacks/Lunches
    ______600 granola bars
    ______ 200-400 Go-gurts
    ______ 200-400 freeze pops
    ______ 200-400 fruit snacks
    ______ 200-400 cheese sticks
    ______ mac & cheese for 100
    ______ spaghetti noodles for 100
    ______ spaghetti sauce for 100
    ______ hot dogs for 100
    ______ hot dog buns for 100
    ______ ranch dressing
    ______ mustard/ketchup
    ______lemonade or koolaid mix

    Please pray for the 200+ kids we will be ministering to this summer! Our theme is "Make Your Mark". We pray that these youth will be trained to live like Jesus and serve Him to "make their mark" on the world they live in.

    Katie Beth Hostetter
    Director, Urban Art Outreach

  • Learning to Serve Others

    How do you teach youth to serve others? Is it something that comes naturally--putting other people before yourself? Most would laugh and say 'No way!'.  So how to we come by this selfless action and attitude? By knowing Christ. Urban Art volunteers do their best to model a servant's attitude for the youth to see.  Serving is showing others' Christ's unselfish love. What better way to teach youth to serve than to give them the opportunity. 

    Saturday was the second "Service Project" day for UA students at HPCO. We partnered with Kids that Rock, a performing arts program from Kensington Community Church.  The children arrived in the morning ready to work! They split into groups and worked on making St. Patrick Day table decorations for the Highland Park Nursing Home as well as practiced several songs they would perform for the residents of the nursing home.   

    After lunch, everyone loaded up and caravan-ed to the nursing home. For some kids it was a stretch to walk into such a different environment: seeing elderly people in wheelchairs, smelling different smells, watching nurses take care of individuals who needed extra TLC. But each child who walked into the building knew why they were there and what they needed to do. Share the love of Christ. With each song that was sung and each table decoration that was made with the residents the smiles on the faces of the kids got bigger and bigger. They enjoyed spending their entire Saturday serving others. This is only the beginning of their young lives and we pray that their heart of service will continue to grow as large as the smiles on their faces when they left at the end of the day.

  • Monday Night Dinners

    We are so thankful for individuals and small groups who take time to make dinners and goodies for the Urban Art students on Monday evenings. This night, a small group from KCC, made sloppy joes, fruit jello, corn and provided drinks and paper products. Thanks you guys!! It was yummie;)

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From the Eyes of a Volunteer

Several UA volunteers wrote about their experiences this past summer.  Enjoy reading the notes below!

 "My life has been forever enriched by a group of people that God placed in my
path to minister unto and to be ministered to. I was honored to go on a mission’s trip to
be a part of the Urban Arts weekly camp in Detroit, Michigan. I was not sure how the
experience would be, but I knew that God was in the midst. Upon our arrival and first
few hours meeting with Katie and her parents, all my stress and fears were released. God
has poured into the lives of those running the program and his presence was all around

Seeing as though it was my FIRST mission’s trip, I had no idea what to expect.
I was soon to realize that my purpose was to just to be myself. As a praise and worship
leader, I began to understand how the gifts and moving of the Holy Spirit was going far
beyond the four walls of a church building. This was evident as we went on our way
to prepare for the weeks activities. I thought that I was on “cloud nine” until I met the
wonderful children that are involved with Urban Arts.

The children brought such a level of excitement and openness to everyday and
allowed our team to fall right in place and start working. I will always remember the
smiles and laughter that flowed from every child as well as the workers and parents
that were involved. The UA program is one that every child, rich or poor, shy or bold,
can enjoy and be blessed in. I still tear up when I think of how the final performance
was such a blessing to the parents and friends that gathered. My heart was truly
blessed by the whole experience and can’t wait to get back and continue to work."--Michael from Maryland

The next note was sent from Rachel, from Clinton Townwship, MI, and a second year summer camp volunteer: 

"Urban Arts after-school program and summer camp was designed to focus on the kids of Detroit and teach them all areas of art. Although the program was made to impact the kids lives, I feel that it has touched everyone that has ever been a part of it. I have volunteered for Urban Arts summer camp for two years and I did this just to help Katie Beth and of course, the children. Little did I know it was going help and impact my life in so more ways. Urban arts provides city children an extracurricular activity after their school not only keep them out of trouble, but to teach them about Gods love and enhance their God-given artistic talents. These kids come into camp sometimes and won't even stand up in dance class with such negative attitudes. Then performance time comes at the end of the week and they end up dancing, smiling, front and center like nobody is watching. These kids need life and love poured into them and in one week its incredible what an impact we can have on them and how their lives can be transformed. I try to be the best teacher by having the most fun, a Christ-like loving attitude, along with discipline. I have fun, probably as much as the kids. :)
I feel more satisfied and alive after I leave Urban arts summer camp then any job I have ever done. There is an extreme sense of fulfillment after pouring my heart and soul into these kids during summer camp. This program is so full of love, compassion, and energy it gives the kids exactly what they lack. It is heart-warming and incredibly touching to watch these kids put everything into their performance that they have been working on the entire week. After they are done they run with all of their might towards me with the brightest smile and give me strongest hug. It is the best feeling in the world and there is such a sense of accomplishment to watch them perform and and see their faces light up. The focus for the entire program is for the children but indirectly touches my heart tremendously and I am so blessed to be a part of Urban Arts."

 The last note is from a mom who volunteered at UA camp the past two summers and brought her children to be a part of the camp as well!

"What a joy and privilege it was to be a part of Urban Arts camp this summer! I said last summer that Urban Arts camp topped the list of my summer high points and the same rings true this year. I am not sure who had more fun... Me or my three daughters who participated with the kids from City Mission Academy. All I could think of while I was there was, “every kid, in every city across the world needs a camp like this”. What an opportunity for them to be loved, told they are special and truly let their lights shine. The children I met that week will forever be in my heart. What sweet and wonderful and gifted young people they are! I am so inspired and encouraged by Katie Beth, Mamma Linda, Papa Wally and all of the amazing volunteers whose commitment to these kids is unwavering and whose faith in Jesus is pure and strong and lovely. I am a better person because of Urban Arts- not because I gave up a week of my life to go there... but because I have been transformed by the Holy Spirit through this ministry. My heart has been broken for children who need hope and my eyes have been opened to see that together we can make a difference. One word to describe my time spent with Urban Arts.... JOY!! You better believe we’ll be back!!"--Karen from Rochester, MI