All K-8 students to receive art and music classes

Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD), announces its partnership with 14 organizations to begin phase 1 of its Cultural Passport initiative, providing children the experience of arts and music curriculum. The experiences will increase each individual students’ self-expression, visual thinking, observational, problem solving and analytical skills.

On August 16, Deputy Superintendent of Schools Iranetta Wright and Deputy Superintendent Alycia Meriweather met with several music and art organizations at the Detroit School of Arts to discuss the initiative and how the partners can work with DPSCD to create art and music programs in every DPSCD school.

The event featured student performances, including student vocalist Alaska Wilson performing the famous opera song “per la gloria d’adorarvi.”

In February 2018, students in grades 3, 4 and 5 started stamping their “passports” at cultural landmarks throughout metro Detroit through the District’s pilot series, which featured a few of the first cohort of organizations to help DPSCD launch the initiative – The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Symphony Orchestra and The Michigan Opera Theatre. After reaching more than 1,500 students during the pilot, the District is forging ahead to achieve its mission of restoring equity and access to art and music programs within DPSCD.

Now, with phase 1 kickittng-off this school year, K-8 teachers can look forward to planning up to three field trips this year at the following institutions:

  • Detroit Historical Society Dossin Great Lakes Museum
  • Detroit Opera House
  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra
  • The Detroit Zoo
  • Detroit Institute of Arts
  • The Henry Ford
  • Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit
  • Music Hall for Performing Arts
  • Troy Historical Society
  • Wild Swan Theatre
  • Charles H. Wright Museum
  • Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
  • Ford Piquette Plant
  • Michigan Science Center
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