• 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
    ______oranges/apples
    ______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.

    Grace&Peace,
    Katie Beth Hostetter
    Director, Urban Art Outreach
    www.urbanartoutreach.com

  • 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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  • 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
    ______oranges/apples
    ______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.

    Grace&Peace,
    Katie Beth Hostetter
    Director, Urban Art Outreach
    www.urbanartoutreach.com

  • 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
    us.

    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

  • Summer time in River City

    Take a big breath.....now let it out slowly. The third summer of Urban Art camps has just come to a close.  We are ALL smiling! Here's a little recap and some memories for those of you who weren't able to make it.

     We had some "firsts" for our camp this year that we are thrilled to share!

    • We raised enough money to purchase our own portable sound system!
    •  A family donated their time and food to cook hot lunches for several of the camp days. (this was a nice change from brown bag lunches)
    • A missions team of 13 people came from a Christian school in Maryland to help with a week of camp.
    • A puppet theater was built to use for camp this summer.
    • We had a summer intern, Brandon, who helped at three of the camp weeks in the dance department and in other areas.  He is a local high school student who lives in Detroit and had attended UA camps the past two summers.

    Week 1: 39 elementary students from City Mission camp to camp the first week. We had a missions team from Grace Brethren Christian School in Maryland come out for the week and work with us.  It was the first time we had a missions team come to assist us and between you and me, this is the way we need to do it from now on!:)  The team did a great job during the day with the kids and came back in the evening with enough energy to help prep for the upcoming camp weeks.  We were excited for the kids to be able to perform at the church next door to City Mission.  The building was given to CM and they have now started a church, City Covenant Church!  Another highlight from the week--the kids wrote and performed original puppet shows based on the fruit of the Spirit.  (they also made their puppets!)  The week ended with our traditional taco dinner for the families.  This year, we ran out of seats! But God was good and we never ran out of any food!

    Week 2: We stayed at City Mission for our second week and worked with the middle and high school students.  Although this was a smaller group, due to summer school requirements, we loved the creativity from these kids! This group of campers excel in the art and drama classes. They were split into two groups, guys and girls, and rotated to the different classes.  When they went to drama class each group came up with an original drama based on a moral and Scripture--patience and self-control.  The two dramas were performed on the final evening and they were a big hit!

    Week 3: This was the HOTTEST week in the summer and we sweated it out (literally) on the second and third floor of a building with no air with our middle schoolers from Central Detroit Christian.  I was really impressed at how well behaved the kids were this week! (maybe the heat took it out of them:)  They focused on art, music and dance during the week and gave a wonderful performance on Friday afternoon! We've got some talent in this group!

    Week 4: Highland Park Community Outreach let us take their kids for a week of camp and we had a blast! Some of our classes were held outside and we were a little nervous due to the forecast, but we dodged the "rainy" forecast every single day! The kids put all of their energy into their work and pumped out a great outdoor performance on Friday afternoon.  We were very pleased at the turn out of parents too!

    All in all, it was a great 2010 Summer Camp season!

    Even though the summer camps are over, we are looking ahead to the fall for our programs and even starting to talk about next summer! It's never too early to start planning! If you'd like to be part of the process let us know!

  • Vote 4 Us!!!!!!

    Hi Friends,
    I am very excited to share that Pepsi Refresh Project has accepted my proposal to be in the running for a $5000 grant to help run our Urban Art summer camps! This would help cover half of the cost of camp!!! The ONLY way we can win is with YOUR help!
    It's easy!!!
    1. Go to http://www.refresheverything.com/urbanarts
    2. Click "Vote for this idea". (You must register first to vote, but all you need is your email and a password)
    3. Remember to vote everyday until June 30th!
    4. Pass it on. via facebook, twitter, email, text or even a phone call

    We must be in the top 10 ideas under the $5000 category by June 30th in order to qualify.

    Thank you for your support!!!
    Katie Beth Hostetter
    www.urbanartoutreach.com

  • Summer Camp Volunteers Needed!

    We are very excited to announce the 2010 Urban Art summer camp dates! This is the third summer for Urban Arts to provide a day camp for the youth of Detroit at no cost!  That is because of the generous donations and gifts from you!

    We are currently looking for individuals who are interested in teaching either music, drama or dance for a week of camp.  We are also looking for counselors who would like to assist the kids through out the day.  The counselors do not need to be artistically or musically inclined.  They just need to love kids!

    If you fit into either category and would like more information or to sign up please contact us here.

    2010 SUMMER CAMP DATES

    June 14-18 (partnering with City Mission, elementary)

    June 28-July 2 (partnering with City Mission, middle/high school)

    July 5-9 (partnering with HPCO, Highland Park Community Outreach, elementary)

    July 12-16 (partnering with CDC, Central Detroit Christian, middle school)

  • Summer Camp Recap

    Five weeks of summer camp! Three partnering ministries! Over 175 kids!  This summer’s program brought a lot of joy and a lot of challenges!  
    Preparation actually began in January.  As I was working with a small team on the theme and content of the performing arts portion, my wonderful mother had recruited a group of women who began preparing art supplies on a weekly basis.  
    God gave us the theme of “Celebrate the Gift” for this summer.  In our daily devotionals we learned to celebrate the gifts God gave each of us as well as learning about the fruit of the Spirit.  The theme was carried through each class. In art the kids made homemade wrapping paper and gifts to give away. Music and dance class allowed some students to showcase their obvious gifts! And in drama class the kids wrote original scripts on the theme of celebrating Christ and each other.
    The first two weeks we worked with City Mission in northwest Detroit.  We held a week of elementary and a week of middle/high school camp.  Each week, the campers performed before their friends and family.  Urban Arts was able to provide a dinner each week for the audience and students as well.
    Central Detroit Christian handed over two weeks of their summer for us to run the camps.  Again we had a week of elementary and a week of middle schoolers.  God really stretched our team during these two weeks! We were bumped to multiple locations due to unforeseen circumstances, but everyone had great, flexible attitudes!
    The final week of camp was at a new partnering ministry, Highland Park Community Outreach. (HPCO)  We worked with elementary for the final week.  The kids were wonderful and brought so much joy!  For most, it was their very first involvement in any kind of performing or visual arts program.  During their performance on Friday afternoon, you could feel the presence of the Lord!

  • Half Way Point

    As we start week four of Urban Arts summer camp, I am amazed to see the results of the past three weeks. 

     

    Week 1 brought joy and sorrow as the middle and high schoolers of Brightmoor turned their energy to learning and loving the arts.  For some, it was a struggle and I could see they just weren't sure about being in the program, but they hung in there to the very end.  For others, they shone like stars in the midnight sky as they stood on stage beaming with smiles so bright you knew they were having the time of their life.  Both groups of students grew to become better individuals not only in the performing and visual arts, but in their character and person as a whole.

    Week 2 was refreshing as we worked with elementary students who have a passion for life.  It was wonderful to see the interaction of inner city and suburban kids as they learned together, played together, ate together and loved together throughout the week.  Even with the stomach bug that unfortunately caught a camper every day during the week, the kids did not get discouraged!  Attitudes were positive and spirits were lifted up!

    Week 3 was a new location, a new partnership and a new group of middle schoolers.  In of the eyes of the 36 students I saw hope, love, hurt, fear, discouragement, need, anger, kindness and many more feelings that seemed beyond the age of these kids.  But as the team arrived each day, eager to minister to the kids, we saw some of the painful layers peel away slowly.  A hug was given, a smile was bigger, a wall was broken down in the lives of some youth last week.  That's all we can hope and pray for.

    As this new week begins and we are past the half way point for camps this summer.  I am encouraged and surprisingly refreshed.  I look forward to two more amazing weeks with amazing kids!

  • Irises

    A counselor for week 2 of Urban Arts camp wrote an amazing poem that captures our kids in Detroit.  I wanted to share it with you.

    On my way home
    I think about the kids
    I think about them
    Walking home
    Except,
    they don't get to go home like I do

    White eyes
    on warm skin
    and irises blooming
    right at me

    they bloom with sun
    they bloom in the rain
    they bloom with fun
    they bloom with pain

    Shatonia's barely eleven
    but her face is so old
    and her words are so bold
    and her voice, it hails from heaven

    and Ashley and Angel,
    Twins on a Schwinn
    a 10 speed with 1 gear: broken.
    Broken home, broken heart
    Broken smile setting them apart

    Nathan's lost touch with reality
    But he tugs at something inside of me
    An imagination with a golden key
    Unlocking my mind, setting me free

    Jay is pre-K
    and is speech is okay
    depending on the day
    But he always has something to say
    Or sing

    And that's the thing
    They keep Him in their hearts
    and his words on their lips
    and that hope
    keeps their head
    toward the son

    The son that makes their eyes bloom

    When Shatonia sings
    When Ashley dances
    When Nathan advances
    When Jay finds chances
    They bloom.

    Some irises bloom, some irises wither
    But one thing's for certain
    The sun makes them stronger
    and helps them live longer
    The son makes them bloom
    These irises bloom
    and it warms my heart
    My warm and blooming heart

  • First Day of Summer Camp!

    Nearly 20 middle school and high school students from the Brighmoor neighborhood showed up at City Mission for Urban Arts camp today!  They came with great attitudes and excitement.  We started off the day viewing a few minutes of the movie, Faith Like Potatoes.  This movie is a great tool to show how our faith can be built as Christians and how we can deal with problems and anger.  The guys and girls were then split up into thier groups and rotated to art, music, drama, and dance.  In art the guys painting and designing wrapping paper.  It looked pretty sweet!  The girls worked on wrapping paper as well as picking out fleece material to make a throw blanket.  In music the campers were introduced to the songs they would be working on for the performance.  Dance class showcased some mad skills from both the boys and the girls and in drama, each group used their creative minds to write original dramas to perform for Friday.   All in all everyone had a great day!

  • 2009 Summer Camp Support Letter

    Dear Friend,
    Last summer Urban Arts held three weeks of camp in Detroit for inner city kids. We worked with over 120 children and had wonderful camps! It went so well that our partnering ministries have invited us back, and we have added a new partner! Five weeks of camp are planned for the upcoming summer with City Mission, Central Detroit Christian and Highland Park Community Outreach.

    Our goal is to expand the children’s exposure to the performing and visual arts through daily hands-on activities and Christ-centered teaching. This year’s theme is “Celebrate the Gift”. Children will experience the elements of visual art, music, drama and dance. Daily lunch and a snack will be provided. Each camp will end on Friday evening with a dinner and closing performance for friends and family.
    This is a faith based ministry. Currently, we have very little funding. So, we are asking individuals, groups, and churches to prayerfully consider sponsoring one or more children for a week of camp. The total cost for a child to attend is $80.00. This amount covers all meals, art supplies, a camp t-shirt, and transportation. Checks may be made out to START Ministries, a Michigan 501-C3 non-profit organization. START (Short Term Ambassador Relief Teams) is graciously handling our funding for this summer with no administrative fee. Therefore, 100% of the money donated to Urban Arts will go toward these summer camps.

    Also, enclosed is a list of supplies needed for the camps this summer. We are striving to complete this list from volunteered gift cards or contributions from friends and family. Please consider helping us in this area of need.
    If you have any questions, feel free to call or email me.
    Serving Him,

    Katie Beth Hostetter
    Urban Arts Director

    “The children at City Mission have so much talent and potential. The Urban Arts program helps children identify and put into practice their talent and potential. We are glad to have such an outstanding partnership.” --Nicole Aikens, Co-Director of City Mission

    ITEMS CAN BE PURCHASED WITH A GIFT CARD FROM THESE STORES:
    Sam's Club, Wal-mart, Meijers, Costco, Speedway, BP, Mobile)
    sandwich makings
    snacks (goldfish, fruit snacks, ect.)
    cookies
    juice boxes (100)
    Mini-DV taps for video camera (30)
    colored gaffer tape
    100 brown paper lunch sacks
    zip lock sandwich bags
    3 CD players
    300 CD-R disks
    gift card for gas stations (Speedway, Meijers, BP, etc)