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At Arts in Motion Studio, Art is the Equalizer

Arts in Motion Studio in Grand Rapids provides the young and young at heart a space to create, learn, and perform, serving budding creatives of all abilitiies with individualized instruction.

Program Connects Young People to Lake Superior

For youngsters who have grown up a stone's throw from its shores, Lake Superior's enormous presence can sometimes be taken for granted. 

Speaker Series: Creative Cities, The Next Generation

Join us August 22 in Detroit or Grand Rapids for a dual-city conversation on the state of arts education.

Truffles Not Trouble For Convicted Young People

Dale Anderson wanted to help kids by teaching them building trades skills. He ended up teaching them how to make truffles. Here's the story on Confections with Convictions.

Southwest Comes Alive With Arts Education

Southwest Detroit attracts people with its ethnic food, its early 20th-century architecture, and, increasingly, its innovative learning projects. 

The Next Generation of Creative Problem Solvers

Arts education contributes to all that we want for Michigan kids: academic achievement, emotional and social maturity, and equitable opportunity. But with pressure to raise standardized test scores, arts and culture programs are often pushed aside. We’ll take a look at who is filing the arts gap and why.

VIDEO: Arts Education Detroit - Filling the Gap

Arts education meaningfully contributes to academic success, social development, civic engagement, and equal opportunity -- all the good things we want for Detroit kids. In our latest Michigan Nightlight video, we look at who's filling the gap in arts education and why. 

VIDEO: Shaping Creativity for Grand Rapids Youth

Colorful, relevant, and inspiring, this Michigan Nightlight video looks at who is filling the gap in arts education in Grand Rapids and why.

Creative Writing, Tutoring Build Student Confidence

The nonprofit 826michigan recently expanded programming into Detroit. Participating students are digging it. 

Building Community Through Hip Hop

All of the Above in Lansing uses the fundamentals of hip hop to engage kids in community change.

Arts and Community Life in Southwest Detroit

Southwest Detroit attracts people with its ethnic food options, its early 20th century residential architecture and, increasingly, for innovative learning projects. 

Kids in Tune

Kids in Tune is about more than teaching Kalamazoo youngsters music. It's about support, nurturing, joy and acquiring life skills through the learning of music skills.

Museum Encourages Kids to Become Young Entrepreneurs

Kids have bright business ideas all the time, but they don’t always follow through with creating an enterprise of their own. A program at the U.P. Children’s Museum helps them do that, with training and help to develop their ideas.

Dreams Come True and Grades Improve at the Creative Youth Center

Story-writing workshops. Screenwriting workshops. Journalism classes. These are just a taste of what Grand Rapid's Creative Youth Center does to enrich at-risk kids’ lives. 

Makerspace culture for kids

The Mt. Elliott Makerspace in Detroit is nothing short of a place for transforming lives and handing kids the tools for determining their own future.
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Can systemic racism impact infant mortality?

Even when controlling for poverty, education level, and tobacco use of a mother, maternal and infant health outcomes are far worse for minority populations than European-American women. What's causing the continued disparities? And what can West Michigan do to ensure all babies born here have the best chance of reaching their potential? Zinta Aistars reports on Strong Beginnings, one local program working to give all families a fair start.

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Company Supports 4th Grade Field Trips to Lake Michigan

Parents working more than one job or odd hours, a lack of funds, and no transportation often prevent kids from experiencing one of Michigan’s incredible natural resources. For the majority of west side Grand Rapids elementary school kids, Lake Michigan is sadly out of reach. OST has teamed up with Grand Rapids Public Schools to give fourth-graders at west side schools the opportunity to experience the big lake firsthand.

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Youth Decide Where Grant Dollars are Spent

For Grand Rapids students who serve as trustees-in-training on the GRCF Youth Grant Committee, giving back to the community goes hand in hand with empowering students to succeed. 
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