The Institute of Music and Dance Receives $20,000.00 from the Erb Family Foundation

IMDThe Institute of Music and Dance Receives $20,000.00 from the Erb Family Foundation

Last week the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation board  approved $5.5 million in grants. The Institute of Music and Dance at Marygrove College was one of 38 Michigan arts organizations that will receive funding.

The award is $20,000.00 over two years.

Much of the Erb Family Foundation funding will be used for building environmental blue/green infrastructure of Detroit and Michigan and to the UM Water Center to continue to support research and other efforts to inform Great Lakes policy and management decisions.

The Foundation also realizes that the arts are an essential element of a vibrant city and region, and so it renewed its Anchor Arts program, supporting 38 cultural organizations.

Judith Molina, Director of IMD, is thrilled by the support of the Erb Family Foundation as it will assist in providing scholarships for talented students, without means, to realize the energy, discipline and passion of the arts.

Recap of Michael Owen in Detroit

MO2On April 8 and 9, Michael Owen reached out to over 160 students and teachers from ML King HS, Renaissance HS, Hamtramck HS, Berkley HS, Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse Detroit and Marygrove College through individual workshops and a “TEDtalk” presentation where he discussed his work and his “Artist as Activist.” Students and teachers were also given a tour of the Marygrove Undergraduate Student Exhibit in the Marygrove Gallery.


The Institute of Music & Dance Welcomes Michael Owen

Michael OwenOnstage! April 8th & 9th
The Institute of Music & Dance at Marygrove College Welcomes
Michael Owen
Baltimore Artist/Muralist
Working with High School students and Marygrove College undergraduates

Mr. Owen will also present a “TED Talk,” Wednesday, April 9th at 10:00am, in the Marygrove College Theatre where he will discuss his work and his “Artist as Activist” commitment to urban communities. The presentation is open to the Marygrove Community free of charge.

Michael Owen’s work has been exhibited in numerous galleries, including the Baltimore michaelowen5Museum of Art, as well as the streets of the United States, including Detroit. He is the creator and lead artist of the Baltimore Love Project, a self-initiated project of 20 love-themed murals spread evenly throughout the city. He is also the artist behind one of the nation’s longest murals, located in Baltimore, MD.

Michael Owen: a contemporary painter whose work can be seen in galleries as well as across city landscapes in his work as a muralist.
He completed a mural in Detroit in July, 2013 and has plans, while here, to paint additional walls in the community.

He is the creator and artist of the Baltimore Love Projectmichael owen

“TED talk” presentation /demonstration at Marygrove College on Wednesday, April 9th at 10:00am with a Q&A. High School students attending
the presentation will also get a tour of the Marygrove Undergraduate Student Exhibit in The Gallery.

Institute of Music and Dance 2014 Spring/Summer Classes

IMD4Greetings from the Institute of Music & Dance at Marygrove College!

Just a reminder…

Our 2014 Spring semester begins Saturday, April 5

-Learn new skills
-Enhance current skill level
-Perform & Exhibit your work
-Be creative & have FUN

Seats are available for YOU, YOUR children & grandchildren!
View our Spring/Summer brochure: or call:  313.927.1306/1583

Institute of Music & Dance Welcomes Lauren Molina and Continues Urban Leadership Initiative

Lauren & Rob Master ClassLast Friday, The Institute of Music & Dance, along with the undergraduate Music Department, welcomed Broadway award-winning actress LAUREN MOLINA and special guest ROB MORRISON to the Marygrove campus. While they were here, they performed and engaged in a talk-back with Marygrove College, Groves, and Waterford High School students.

A HUGE THANK YOU TO TARA SIEVERS, Co-Chair of the Marygrove Music Department, for her coordination of the event. We’d also like to thank Matthew Croft, our accompanist.

In line with Marygrove’s Urban Leadership Initiative, Lauren and Rob spoke to the audience about ways in which they use their talent to raise funds for numerous charitable agencies.


Lauren Molina sings Greenfinch from Sweeney Todd

Rob Morrison sings To Excess

Lauren Molina coaching Marygrove College student Londarius Anderson

Musical Theater Workshop Featuring Award-Winning Broadway Actress, Lauren Molina

lauren molinaThe Institute of Music & Dance, in collaboration with the Marygrove College Music Department, presents Lauren Molina, award-winning Broadway actress, musician and singer/songwriter.

When: Friday, Feb. 7  from 3-5 p.m.
Where: Denk Chapman
Marygrove College
8425 West McNichols Rd
Detroit, MI 48221

Performance, Master Class, Talk Back
Special Guest – Rob Morrison: Avenue Q, Nerds, The Hollows, Commercial Voiceovers

This workshop is FREE
Contact Judith Molina at 313-927-1306 for additional information

IMD Students Perform at Charles H. Wright Museum

IMDMLking PerYesterday, the dance students of the Institute of Music & Dance demonstrated their commitment to community and equality by performing at the Tribute to Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., “The Fierce Urgency of Now,” at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

IMDMLKingJuanitaMooreThe students were in distinguished company as Juanita Moore (CEO of the Museum), Honorable Damon J. Keith, Congressman Gary Peters and State Representative Phil Cavanagh, along with other dignitaries, were in attendance.

A big thank to our students, and parents, who were down at the museum at 8:00am to rehearse and prepare for the performance!

IMD Students Embrace Urban Leadership

Det_Wright_Mus_AA_HistoryA dozen dance students from the Institute of Music & Dance will perform at the Charles Wright Museum of African American History on Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 20, 2014.

Under the direction of IMD dance faculty, Marnita Dickerson and Veronica Williams-Jakubus, the students will “strut their stuff” at the 14th Annual MLKing Commemorative Breakfast Event.  Showing their community spirit, the students will use their artistry to help celebrate the legacy Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. To these young students MLKing Day is not a day off but a day  ”ON” to give back.

To learn more about the event, click here.

IMD Students Help The Detroit Zoo Shine

Detroit ZooOn Saturday, Nov. 23rd (5:30pm) IMD Students in the Absolutely Acting class will don red Marygrove Sweatshirts and Santa Hats and dance to a Techno version of Ode to Joy!

Our IMD student urban leaders, once again, give back to the Community with their Art!

The piece was choreographed by IMD faculty member Taylor Jones who is also a Marygrove College undergraduate dance student


The Detroit Zoo will light up the night this holiday season with Wild Lights, a spectacular holiday light display.

For 24 nights, more than two million LED lights will illuminate trees, buildings and animal sculptures on a half-mile trail through the front of the Zoo.

Experience the magic of the Detroit Zoo in winter as you take in the lights and the sights and enjoy holiday entertainment and activities for guests of all ages.

Institute of Music and Dance Welcomes Ms. Kristin Sudeikis

IMDIn conjunction with the Marygrove College strategic vision of Urban Leadership and Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Institute of Music & Dance welcomes New York dancer/choreographer Kristin Sudeikis to the college campus Wednesday and Thursday, October 23 & 24, 2013.

Ms. Sudeikis teaches internationally and directs her own company. She personifies the “artist as activist” as she also conducts movement workshops and fundraisers (most notably for GEMS) for girls and women who have been affected by sexual violence.

Ms. Sudeikis will teach an outreach class at Renaissance High School and, on campus,  she will teach students from Arts in the Woods Academy and MLKing High School.  Marygrove College undergraduate dance students will also experience Ms. Sudeikis’ artistry by attending a master class.

Directing her attention to Domestic Violence Awareness, on Wednesday evening, October 23, she will conduct a movement and discussion class for young women from SASHA Center, Interim House and Alternatives for Girls.

Dance is not only a passion where one can feel transported in performance … it is a  pathway to assist  in healing.

We are very excited to have Kristin Sudeikis share both concepts with our community. Please stop by her website: