Marygrove College to Receive National Endowment for the Arts Grant Award to Promote Art in Northwest Detroit

Marygrove ArtsThrough its grant-making to thousands of nonprofits each year, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) promotes opportunities for people in communities across America to experience the arts and exercise their creativity.

The NEA recently announced that it will make a $20,000 award to Marygrove College for “Arts Engagement in Northwest Detroit: Celebrating Neighborhood Artists”.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “The NEA is committed to advancing learning, fueling creativity, and celebrating the arts in cities and towns across the United States. Funding these new projects like the one from Marygrove College represents an investment in both local communities and our nation’s creative vitality.”

Marygrove College will use in-place programs at the College to engage the community and provide a truly unique arts experience. “In partnership with Marygrove College OnStage! and the Institute of Music and Dance at Marygrove College, we are excited to highlight and collaborate with local artists,” said Marygrove College Visual and Performing Arts Division Chair, Jordeen Ivanov-Ericson. “Our plan for community engagement is a yearlong series of arts events on campus and in the Northwest Detroit community, culminating in a Festival of the Arts, scheduled for September 2016.”

This grant is part of an NEA funding round that will provide $74.3 million nationwide to over 1,000 groups and organizations. To join the Twitter conversation about these NEA grants, please use #NEASpring2015. For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, go to

IMD Infuses The Concept Of Urban Leadership In Students In Ecorse

The Institute of Music & Dance at Marygrove College provides arts enrichment classes to two schools, Ralph Bunche Academy and Grandport Academy, in the Ecorse Public School System.  Under the tutelage of IMD drama faculty member, Milfordean Luster, kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders, attending Ralph Bunche Academy, became “artists as activists” by using their newly found dramatic talent to perform for seniors at Ecorse Manor Senior Co-Op Apartments on May 6, 2015. The students learned a wonderful lesson of giving back to their community.

Everyone benefits from this outreach opportunity.

Dahlia Sale – Fundraiser to Support Intercultural Consultation Services (ICS)

dahliaJesse Cox, Director of Campus Ministry would like to invite you to support Sr. Kathryn T. Pierce, IHM, the Executive Director of Intercultural Consultation Services.  Sr. Kate has a remarkable green thumb and is selling Dahlia Plants to support her work. Sister Kate’s office is located on campus in Hartmann Hall.

Dahlias are a beautiful addition to any garden and the flowers are suitable for cutting and bringing beautiful color inside your home. You will also receive a “How to care for your Dahlias” worksheet free of charge!

Now is a great time to purchase your DAHLIAS at a very reasonable price. DAHLIAS are springing forth and will be ready for planting. Soooooooo place your order or buy early to beat the rush. Quantities are limited. Benefits/Proceeds raised will go towards the Intercultural Consultation Services.

ICS trains missionaries for overseas, intercultural ministry

  • All interested DAHLIA growers please email
  • Or phone (313) 645-6929 to place your order.
  • If Sister Kate is away contact Jesse Cox at extension # 1404
  • Pickup availability will be discussed at the time of purchase confirmation.
  • Prices range from: Regular Size Blossom $4 or 3 for $10.
    Dinner Size Blossom $5.

Deadline for Cobo Center 30/60 Video Scholarship Challenge is June 5

cobo-3060-video-scholarship-information-page-001We’d like to post one last reminder about the Cobo Center 30/60 Video Scholarship challenge. We’re about halfway through the challenge, and most of our entrants are concentrated to only a couple of the schools. We want to make sure this opportunity is available to as many students as we can reach in the tri-county area.

We understand this a very busy time of the year for students and we have added an additional tour date for students to film at Cobo Center.

The list of tour dates is as follows; Friday, 5/15, Monday 5/18, Friday 5/22 (1:00pm-2:30pm) and Thursday 5/28 (schedule time between 4:00-8:00pm.) We will have an event in the building (USA Volleyball) on Friday May 22, so Cobo Center will be full of people, and the Detroit Shoppe will be open. We think this is a great opportunity for b-roll shots. We’ve also added the night tour so students that have busy day schedules can attend and to offer a variety of shots. Adding a night tour will allow students to capture the gorgeous sunsets we see over the Detroit River.

We will also host a second Twitter chat (#3060chat) on Tuesday, May 19. The chat will be co-hosted by Detroit filmmaker, Stephen McGee and Detroit Free Press photo and video editor, Kathy Kieliszewski. If you would like to register for the chat, please RSVP here.

We’re excited to see the work that local students come up with and can’t believe the scholarship challenge is halfway completed. (Reminder: all submissions must be entered by Friday, June 5.)

Important Information and Updates for Commencement, 2015

commencementCOMMENCEMENT will be held outside, in front of the Liberal Arts Building, TOMORROW, Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. rain or shine!  

  • We are praying for dry, comfortable day, right?!  But, in case of rain, rain ponchos will be provided for the Presidential Party-Trustees and Honorees, Senior Leadership, Deans, Faculty, Staff, and Grads]


The Presidential Party – Trustees, President, Honorees, Senior Leadership, Deans, Alumni Association President – will meet and robe in Denk Chapman.

Please arrive no later than 9:30-9:45 a.m.

Protocol binders, with printed programs included, will be in Denk Chapman.

9:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
10:00 a.m. Photos
10:45 a.m. Procession begins when DFike reenters Madame Cadillac following Pebble Ceremony with Grads in Keenan Courtyard

Faculty/Staffenter campus through the WYOMING GATE and meet in the Cafeteria

Please arrive no later than 9:45 a.m.

Printed programs will be at the Cafeteria.

 FYI Parking for Commencement:

  • People may still park in the East Lot adjacent to the Liberal Arts building via the entrance on McNichols
  • The exit gate at McNichols will also be open to allow people to access the parking lot adjacent to the Florent Gillet Residence Hall
  • All Marygrove Street gates will be open, along with the Wyoming gate, to allow parking in the East Lot and the rear of the LA building

10:30 a.m. Faculty/Staff led by Marshalls line up & process from front entrance of Madame Cadillac to form Honor Guard for Grads – one line on each side of the road along the S. face of Hartman Hall

After Grads move through Honor Guard, Staff/Faculty follow – to McNichols, through front gates to OL Marygrove, to your seats.

Students –Undergrads to Alumnae Hall & Masters Candidates to Main Dining Room

Please arrive no later than 9:30 a.m.

8:00 – 9:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast – fill out Grad Images photo card
9:45 a.m. Line up alphabetically, by degree
10:15 a.m. Procession, led by Mace Bearer, moves to Keenan Courtyard for Pebble Ceremony with Dr. Fike
10:45 a.m. Procession resumes – printed programs handed to you before you pass through Honor Guard, to McNichols, through front gates to OL Marygrove, to seats.

Procession starts promptly!  Moves from Madame Cadillac to the LA Building via McNichols Road.

Please call Janice Machusak at 313.927.1443 with any questions.