Detroit’s Newest Youth Festival Boosted by $5000 Foundation Grant

July 29, 2014
Detroit, Mich.

A new initiative designed to promote the resilience of Detroit’s children, families and communities has been boosted by a grant of $5000 from the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan.

The Art of Resilience Project and its main event, the Starr Summer Youth Festival, are designed to capture stories that reflect the strengths of the region’s young people. The project is led by Starr Commonwealth, a social services nonprofit with over 100 years’ experience of supporting Detroit’s youth.

The festival, which is to be held on Sunday August 10th at the Carr Center and in Paradise Valley Park (formerly Harmonie Park), will see hundreds of Detroit youth using music, dance, theatre, visual art and spoken word to demonstrate their resilience.

John Hollingsworth, director of the Starr Summer Youth Festival, said: “We want the festival to be the culminating event of the summer for young artists across the city – a space in which a diverse group of young Detroiters come together to demonstrate the creativity and strength that defines the city. We invite people from across the community to come and enjoy this great celebration – a day dedicated to the positive stories of our youngest residents.”

“Starr has successfully used art and creativity in its youth development programs for decades, and we know that many other community organizations and leaders are having this kind of impact across the city. The festival provides an opportunity to recognize and celebrate this work. We want the positive stories of children and their families to be recognized more than their challenges, better reflecting the communities of Detroit,” he added.

Youth program directors are invited to submit applications for their young artists and performers by visiting the event web site at  or calling 313-923-7353 and proposing a performance or exhibition around the theme of resilience.  Performances may include music, dance, theatre, short film, visual arts and/or written and spoken word. A Youth Arts Market will also enable young artists to sell original artwork.

The festival is a free event with family-friendly activities including make & take art stations and face-painting.  Starr is partnering with Samaritan Homes to provide a free meal to all children 18 and under who are participating in or attending the festival.

Transportation to and from the event may also be provided to groups that demonstrate the need.  In addition to certificates of participation, all young artists will also receive free t-shirts and wristbands. They will also be connected with representatives from arts programs with opportunities for continuing their artistic pursuits during the school year.

The Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan is a full service philanthropic organization leading the way to positive change in our region. As a permanent community endowment built by gifts from thousands of individuals and organizations committed to the future of southeast Michigan, the Foundation supports a wide variety of activities benefitting education, arts and culture, health, human services, community development and civic affairs. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than 615 million through nearly 48,000 grants to nonprofit organization throughout Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St Clair and Livingston Counties. For more information please visit

For more information on the Art of Resilience Project and the Starr Summer Youth Festival, contact John Hollingsworth: 517 630 1504 –