• 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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Pictures for People who Matter

As soon as I read about Help Portrait on Twitter, I got excited.  Giving the gift of a professional photograph to families who cannot afford a family photo.  This is an event that fits the mission of Urban Arts.  Now how to do it?  I just needed to secure a photographer, a location, a printer, oh yeah, and the people.

The first location that came to mind was City Mission.  Urban Arts partners with them and I know the community could really use a gift of love! The answer from City Mission was "YES!".  So, I secured the location and the people. 

That was the easy part.  I still needed a photographer. I started asking around for who would be willing to spend a day taking pictures and giving them to families in need.  I wasn't really getting anywhere with my questions so I googled "metro Detroit photographers" and started browsing the websites of local photographers who looked like they knew what they were doing.  I decided to take a shot in the dark and email different photographers.  I received a positive response from a guy who is, in my opinion, very talented!  After discussing the event briefly via email, we decided to meet to talk about the details.  Adam Czap is now on board as the photographer for the day.  I'm really excited!

I am still looking for a printer who is willing to print about 30 8x10 photos as well as a company or individual who is willing to gift 30 8x10 frames for the photos.  If you know anyone who may be able to help in this area please contact us!  Also, if you are interested in photography and would like to be a Help Portrait assistant for the day go to our contact page to give us more information about yourself!

I'm thrilled that Jeremy Cowart's vision of Help Portrait has migrated from Nashville, TN to Detroit, MI.  I can't wait to share the rest of the story once December 12th hits!

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Marnaude wrote:
With the bases loaded you struck us out with that asnewr!

Wed, October 3, 2012 @ 5:16 PM

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