• 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

  • Violins

    Urban Arts is thrilled to announce the first instrumental program starting this fall with City Mission. A violin class will be offered to students at City Mission Academy on Monday afternoons. We have 14 very excited kids signed up! Several violins have been donated or rented for children, but we are still in need of 9 violins. The monthly rental fee is $16.00 which includes a music stand, book, instrument and accessories. This monthly cost is pretty much out of the question for the families in the program.

    We are looking for individuals, families, small groups or businesses who would be willing sponsor a violin student for this school year. (Sept.-June) Please consider being a part in blessing a child with a free weekly music lesson and a chance to grow in ways they could never imagine. Contact Katie Beth Hostetter via katiebeth@urbanartoutreach.com.

  • 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!

  • 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)

  • Winter Term is Up and Running!

    Yesterday afternoon Urban Art students at City Mission came back for the winter/spring term.  The students will be studying Vincent Van Gogh and recreating their interpretation of the "Stary Night" painting.  They will also be exploring the creative ways drama can be incorporated in every day life.  These 2nd-5th graders had a great attitude and told us they had been anxiously awaiting our return and for the new term to start!  These kids are great!

  • Help Portrait

    Today is a day that has been a long time in coming! HELP-PORTRAIT, started by Jeremy Cowert, has inspired thousands of creative individuals to pool their talent and give back.  A few months ago I learned about H-P through twitter and began searching for photographers and volunteers who would be willing to help.  You can see my previous post here. Well,  it all came together.  The only disappointment: I have been fighting the flu and couldn't get out of bed today. So, everyone rallied and i'm getting text updates and know that it's going great! Today we are shooting family portraits at City Mission for over 20 families! We have 3 photographers, a photo editor on site and some great assistants.  More pictures and a video to come soon!

  • 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!

  • Fall is here!

    The second year of after-school programs is now underway! After just two weeks with the new group of City Mission Urban Art students, i'm thrilled! We have thirteen wonderful children.  These 3rd-5th graders have wonderful attitudes and are excited to learn new stuff! Each week, we are splitting the class into two parts. 1. Visual arts-they are working on a project that involved painting, stamping and adjectives. (you'll just have to wait for pictures:) 2. Performing arts-a little Christmas music and a short drama about the meaning of the candy cane will be performed at City Mission in December.

     Next week, CDC starts the Breakthrough Enrichment Program where Urban Arts runs the creative arts portion. Also included in the program are dinner, tutoring and Bible. Urban Arts is working with the K-6th grade this year on Tuesday nights.  They will also be learning Christmas music, a Christmas drama and a little dance for their performance in December.

  • 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!

  • Open House at Biggby Coffee

    Biggby Coffee held an open house for the Urban Art students last week. Their pictures were displayed for a week where customers could vote for their favorite. The shop also donated $1.00 per drink over a 4 hour window. At the end of the week, the Urban Art students from City Mission were honored at an open house in the store. They were given a free drink and presented with awards. We had a great time and give a huge shout of thanks to Biggby!!

  • CMA Art Exhibit for Parents

    This past Friday, City Mission Academy students displayed art work from school and Urban Arts after school programs. The parents were able to peruse the rooms and see the beautiful work the kids had done throughout the year. Way to go CMA kids!

     

  • 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)

  • U Serious? PINK chocolate?

    Easter has come and gone and I have been a terrible blogger since then. My apologies. Urban Arts has kept me busy busy busy! But here is a cute story from one of the boys we work with.

    For our Thursday night class the week before Easter, instead of holding the drama and art classes we normally have, we decided to bring all 35 kids together and teach them how to make molded Easter chocolates. We had everything set out on long tables and two ladies were in charge of melting the chocolate down. I thought it would be neat to have different colors of chocolate..green, yellow, blue, purple, pink..all pastels for Easter. As the kids came up with their mentors, one boy, Larry, said ' What that?' as he pointed to the colored chocolate. I said, 'What the chocolate?' He said, 'yea'. I said 'It's chocolate but a different color so you can have Easter colors for your mold.' He said 'I don't eat no pink chocolate'. I laughed as he went for the milk chocolate and made his little Easter bunnies and crosses.

    This was the very first time for all of the kids to make chocolates. They had a great time and it was nice to be able to be in a relaxed environment with them!

  • And the Angels are Singing

    St. Patrick's day is now a day I will never forget. Not because of the brilliant greens or the crazy hats people wear, but because it's the day that Taugh asked Jesus into his heart.

    The kids sat down at their tables that were prepared for the third art project of Urban Arts Class. Since it was St. Patty's day we brought green bug juice and chips. and as the kids snacked my mom began to tell the true story of Saint Patrick. The kids were listening intently. Now if you know my mom, you know that she is able to weave the salvation message of Christ into almost any story. This story was no different. As she neared the end, she asked if anyone had never asked Jesus into their heart. Taugh raised his hand. He came up in front of the class and prayed to receive Jesus as his Savior. It was a beautiful moment.

  • Even boys like valentines

    Red soda with ice cream, pepperoni and cheese pizza, heart balloons, cute napkins and a really cool valentine card was what made up the party that we threw for City Mission urban art kids on Tuesday. It was a lot of fun! We didn't tell the kids in advance, but surprised them with all of this and they were just grinning from ear to ear. Of course, we had art to work on, but after all that sugar it was pretty interesting to get see them try to stay focused on the project at hand. (that's why the typical snack is HEALTHY!) But they did pretty well working on their "dot art". It's really coming along! I can't wait for the final project. After we had cleaned up, I handed out my valentine cards to the kids. The boys got really cool cards that turned into a b-ball court and b-ball. Guess who ended up putting them together:) Yep! I helped them out and we had a fun game of basketball!

  • Summer in February

    Here's a quick update on what Urban Arts is looking like for this summer. We are again, partnering with City Mission and Central Detroit Christian for 2 weeks each. Both organizations will be able to offer a week of elementary day camp as well as a week of middle and high school day camp. An additional week is pending with a ministry in Highland Park, MI. (just on the outskirts of Detroit)

    It's crazy to look out my window at piles of snow and ice cycles as far as you can possibly see, but it takes so much preparation to get commitments from volunteers, line up people to help prep for the crafts, create a program, and find the funding among many other things! I'm really excited about the 2009 camps! I have the theme, but I'm going to keep that a secret for a little while longer:) You'll just have to check back!

    Keep us in your prayers! Grant proposals are being mailed over the next few months!

  • Early Art Forms Emerge Again

    Two Urban Art tracks are offered to the 6-12 graders at City Mission this semester. One track is visual arts and the other is drama. Did you know that the art form of block printing started in 200 AD! Well, we are taking it to the next level here in 2009! Students are going to design and create their own stationary with original block printing. I'm thrilled to have my mom teaching this art form! In the drama track we are going to explore something that was created a little closer to the present day...like 1845...well, it's better than 200! We are digging into monologues. Dramatic and comedic. I'm looking forward to teaching my group how to explore their character and engage the audience!

  • Second Semester in Full Swing

    Urban Arts is back from Christmas break! I have the same group of kids at City Mission but this semester we are focusing on visual arts! They are learning so many cool things. The theme for Central Detroit Christian Urban Arts this semester is "Crazy for Christ". We will be focusing on drama, music and dance with the kids. They are going to help write an original drama script for the performance in May! Enjoy the pictures of the City Mission kids working on their art projects.