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Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, MI 48202-4008)
Teri John (Project Director: September 2016 to present)

Detroit Institute of Arts Teen Arts Council

The DIA respectfully requests a $30,000 grant from the NEH to create a Teen Arts Council that will give young adults an opportunity to use the DIA as a space to explore, challenge, celebrate, interpret and question. As paid advisors to the museum, they will help design, promote, and implement relevant teen arts programming. They will, among other things, help the museum develop a year of programming related to the 50th anniversary of Detroit’s summer of 1967. July of that year in Detroit was one of the deadliest and most traumatic periods of civil unrest in American history. The events (rooted in race and poverty) radically shaped the city we know today. Teens will engage in authentic work like this as they develop and refine skills necessary to thrive as dynamic, creative, and critically thinking adults. The DIA will recruit teens from the 33 regional high schools that the DIA has collaborated with since we created a Director of Education Programs position in 2014. We will ask participating schools administrators to help the teens connect their work at the DIA to initiatives within their schools. The extended outcomes for our Teen Council are that participants will: 1) Feel comfortable and connected with their peers, 2) Explore their identities, experience personal growth, and build self-awareness, 3) Develop a perspective that is informed and challenged by art and museum experiences with others, 4)Cultivate leadership skills that will support taking on roles of influence as socially engaged community builders now and in their futures, 5) recognize the value of artistic and cultural experiences, and 6) Build lifelong relationships with museums and cultural institutions.

Project fields:

Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Public Programs

Total amounts:
$30,000 (approved)
$30,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 6/30/2019