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The Art of Resilience Starr Summer Youth Festival is a showcase of the resilience and strengths of young people, families and neighborhoods in Detroit.

Starr Commonwealth, a child and family services agency with over 100 years’ experience in supporting children, families and neighborhoods in Detroit, is looking for partners who share an interest in recognizing and promoting the strengths of our region’s young people. By focusing on their strengths we give them a great chance of realizing their potential.

Resilience is at the core of Starr’s successful youth development programs but it is also a central part of Detroit’s identity. The city and its neighborhoods have shown great resilience over many years, and this tenacity continues to help the city to overcome its challenges.

The Art of Resilience festival is a showcase of the tremendous talents and achievements of Detroit youth and features performances in dance, music, theater and spoken word, as well as exhibitions of visual art and film.

Last Year’s Festival

In 2015, the Art of resilience welcomed nearly 500 young Detroit artists from nearly 60 youth organizations. The talented youth of Detroit entertained an audience of over 3,000 community members. Here are some of the groups that took part:

Alnur Shabazz African Dance Drum & Drama Troupe

Check these guys out on video –

 Alkebu-Lan Village

Founded as the Alkebu-lan Martial Arts Federation in 1978, the original purpose of the organization was to provide affordable martial arts training for the Afrikan American youth.  The organization has trained over 250,000 individuals in the martial arts since its inception.


Arab American Museum

The Arab American National Museum (AANM) is the first and only museum in the United States devoted to Arab American history and culture. Arab Americans have enriched the economic, political and cultural landscape of American life. By bringing the voices and faces of Arab Americans to mainstream audiences, we continue our commitment to dispel misconceptions about Arab Americans and other minorities. The Museum brings to light the shared experiences of immigrants and ethnic groups, paying tribute to the diversity of our nation.


Bee’z  All Star Dance

Bee’z All Star Dance Company is a growing new company that is involved in the community teaching dance and giving back to the youth and people in Michigan.

Check out their Facebook.

Children’s Hospital of MI

Visual art created by the children at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan.


Community Arts Partnership

The Community Arts Partnerships (CAP) program, of the College for Creative Studies (CCS), collaborates with Detroit community organizations to create art and design education, experiences, and resources for local youth and families.


Crescendo Detroit

Crescendo Detroit was founded in January 2013 and is dedicated to El Sistema inspired programming.  Crescendo evolved from the work of Progression Inc., an organization that provides in school music programming with a primary focus on using jazz and hip hop as a way of teaching important curriculum.  Crescendo Detroit uses a child centric approach that combines the foundational principles of El Sistema, two of which are social change and accessibility and combine those with the best practices of US Music Education.  With that approach, we can change the lives of young people in Detroit.   Motown inspired Detroit in the 1960s and Crescendo Detroit will in 2015!


Cultural Roots Art Camp

A multi-disciplined art program in the inner city of Detroit that nurtures your child’s artistic ability.

Find them on Facebook.


Detroit Institute of Music Education (DIME) is a music college like no other – custom built for serious musicians who desire a long-term, professional career in modern music. The courses are designed to build strong musical foundations, which will lead to long and sustained careers in the music industry alongside gaining academic qualifications.


Detroit-Windsor Dance Academy

Detroit-Windsor Dance Academy was established in 1984 believing that if the community could become re-connected through dance, original art form, then self-esteem, confidence, motivation and awareness would be fostered, thus creating a community of healthy, happy and productive citizens.

Don Bosco Hall

Since 1954 Don Bosco Hall has worked to establish family relationships and has touched the lives of over 50,000 children. Don Bosco Hall is dedicated to keeping youngsters out of trouble by keeping them occupied and off the streets.


Dream Team

Everyone Loves Dance

D.A.N.C.E., an acronym for Developing And Nurturing Community Empowerment, was founded in April of 2007, by three Michigan State University students, in East Lansing, MI. In 2010 D.A.N.C.E. expanded its reach and provided services to Lansing, Romulus, and Greater Detroit areas. Although starting with only two students September of 2007, the organization has continued to grow to reach over one hundred youth each year.  Our program aims to provide youth with quality performing arts/athletics training without barriers.


FIRE Entertainment

FIRE Entertainment is a an arts program that benefits the inner city youth in Detroit. We have different mentorship programs such as the FIRE Drumline, the FLAMES dance team, the FIRE Jazz Band, and now the Motor City Heat Marching Band.

Watch a video here:

Flexx Bands

Performing spoken word and hip hop.

Fresh Dance Studio

Fresh Dance Studio LLC is an affordable, safe, loving, and family-oriented dance studio dedicated to building self-confidence and self-awareness. Fresh Dance Studio LLC offers a variety of dance programs.


Girl Power System

Heritage Works

A Detroit-based cultural arts organization, Heritage Works provides programs in cultural enrichment, performance and visual arts, health and wellness, and academic and professional skills development. We start with the child, and reach the whole family. We begin with the ancestral traditions of our primary audiences, and explore the world.

House of Bastet

A Movement &  Empowerment Studio that uplifts and assists in the transformation of women all ages through wellness, fitness, dance, yoga, modeling and personal growth & development.


Kimari Howard

Performing spoken word.

Inside Out

iO is a nationally recognized hub of creativity for K-12 students in Detroit who are curious about exploring their worlds through the power of poetry. Since 1995, iO has helped to amplify the voices of thousands of students by dispatching established and emerging poets and writers into classrooms.


Nandi Jack

Original dance piece.

Xavier “Dragon X” Jack

Performing an original rap.

Jade Poindexter

Original spoken word by Jade Poindexter.

Junior Repertoire Company and Petit Spirit Dance Company

The Junior Repertoire Company was founded in 2006, under the direction of Ms. Jeri. The company was founded as a means of providing young gifted dancers with the opportunity to work with various professional dance artists.

KDJ Trio

This instrumental trio is made up of three Detroit teens with a passion for music.


Key Way to Kids

Key Way to Kids, was founded in 2007 by Brother Kibwe (Key-Way), a.k.a. Mr. Corey Pope. Shortly afterwards, he sold his Metro PCS Retail Stores to invest his passion, time, money and energy towards uplifting Detroit youth – exposing them to life-changing secrets in Digital Media, Live Video Production, Broadcasting and Entrepreneurship.


Legacy Dance Studio

Legacy Dance Studio offers students of all ages and levels the opportunity to dance while promoting self-confidence, grace and empowerment!


Living Arts

Living Arts exists to strengthen the urban neighborhoods of Southwest Detroit by cultivating an environment that sparks the imagination and fosters ingenuity through the arts and community development initiatives.


Lo Key

R & B and Hip Hop.

Lyric Tho

Spoken word entertainment.

Makynia Cook

Original dance.

Mariachi Juvenile Detroit

Our youth mariachi has for many years been training youth in the Southwest Detroit area with many names such as Mariachi Juvenil De Mexico, and Mariachi Fiesta Alegre ; we boast the fact that we are the original and first youth mariachi ensemble to have ever been formed in Detroit.


Mason Chase

Singer from Detroit.

Matrix Theatre Company

As a cultural anchor of Southwest Detroit, Matrix Theatre Company will provide the most transformative and inclusive programs, facilities, and performances. We aim to be a national model for socially engaged, community-based theatre productions, play-writing, and education.


Metro Detroit Underground

Minds in Action

Dance performance.

Mosaic Youth Theatre

Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit is an internationally acclaimed youth development program that concentrates on helping young artists excel on stage and in life. Mosaic’s mission is to empower young people to maximize their potential through professional performing arts training and the creation of first-rate theatrical and musical art.


Motor City Dance

Celebrating our 14th season, Motor City Dance Factory provides quality dance education for students two and half through adult. We offer ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip hop, gymnastics, specialized boys’ classes, and martial arts classes for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students.


Motor City Heat

Motor City Heat Marching Band is a year round brought to you by FIRE Entertainment.

Watch a video of the band playing here:

Nigel Sanders

Nigel Sanders plays piano.

Park West Foundation

The Park West® Foundation was formed in 2006 by Albert and Mitsie Scaglione to provide a range of services for children and families in the form of foster care, family preservation, family life education, counseling, teen parent services, residential placement and adoption.


Starr Youth Arts Network

Detroit youth singing as a choir.

Urban Stringz

Urban Stringz II Youth Ensemble (USII) was founded in 2007 by Cecelia Sharpe, music educator and conductor. The mission of Urban Stringz II is to enhance student’s musical talents and abilities in addition to exposing them to our culturally rich and diverse society.


The Virgil Carr Center



A short film by the YMCA of Detroit.


The Zoo Music Group

Hip hop duo.