Programs come together to demonstrate importance of art, creativity in children's lives

Student art exhibition Saturday, May 11

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DETROIT - Detroit's youngest artists will prove they know a thing or two about art Saturday, May 11, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at The Number House, located at 3632 Heidelberg Street.

The Heidelberg Project's Art, Community and Environmental Education (ACE2) program is presenting the student art exhibition called "Kids in the Hood", where there will be feature artwork from students at Cesar Chavez Academy, J.E. Preparatory Academy, Edison Elementary and the Charles-Wright Academy of Arts and Science.

The Heidelberg Project's ACE2 program was developed in 2010 to supplement the lack of art education in Detroit by providing art education to students in schools where art programming has been cut or eliminated.

"Now is the time to come together and put our arms around each other to demonstrate the importance of art and creativity in the lives of children," said Jenenne Whitfield, Executive Director of The Heidelberg Project.

Carol Hofgartner, founder of Art Road Nonprofit, was ecstatic to find a like-minded partner in ACE2. "We jumped at the chance to have our art students included in the exhibition, and will continue to bring art class back to schools." 

The Heidelberg Project is a Detroit based community organization designed to improve the lives of people and neighborhoods through art.

The ACE2 programs includes educational fieldtrips as well as a classroom component one to two times a week that includes a series of projects that incorporate art with core academic subjects.

Art Road also seeks to provide children throughout southeastern Michigan access to art instruction. They have acknowledged data revealing that students with art education classes have better test scores, and are often equipped for workplace preparedness down the road.

Currently, Art Road provides art instruction to 1200 students lacking art in their curriculum, increasing their impact to over 6,000 students since 2004.

Art Road has set a goal to raise $231,000 by August 1, 2013 to provide art class to 1200 students for the 2013/2014 school year.

Saturday's indoor and outdoor event will feature food from Detroit favorites like Slows Bar BQ, Garden Fresh Gourmet and Better Made.

There will also be old-school activities and games, chalk art, t-shirt design and music from School of Rock.

The Heidelberg Project and Art Road are being sponsored by Team Detroit, Suburban Showplace, the Betty Kahn Fund and the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

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