Young Students Love Learning at Marygrove College

The Institute of Music & Dance at Marygrove College provides community outreach programming in music, dance, drama and art to children as young as three years old.

IMD students eagerly come onto the Marygrove College campus and strut their stuff in the same studios and performance venues as the undergraduates.


In doing so, these youngsters not only build technical proficiencies but are infused with a sense of self pride and a familiarity with an institution of higher learning.

College can be a little scary for students making the leap from high school, but I guarantee that our IMD students will have no problem with that rite of passage when the time comes!

Please click below and take a look: Who Am I theater presentation, At the Farm, featured students dancing to Mary Had a Little Lamb.

Sure to make you smile!

IMD Facilitates Outreach Art Exhibit Tour/Lecture

The exhibit Collaborate, Connect, Reconnect curated by James Lutomski, Marygrove College Art faculty and Director of The Gallery, is on display in The Gallery at Marygrove College. The exhibition coincided with the annual Great Lakes Bioneers Conference at Marygrove College and showcases three local and regional artists whose creative endeavors, both collaborative and individual, focus on environment, ecological and community issues. Through their art, Andrew Martin, Sarah Nesbitt and Sadie Sheldon exemplify the “Artist as Activist.”

The Institute of Music & Dance seeks to provide opportunities to engage Detroit metropolitan High School students in: 1) the creative process 2) building technical proficiencies and 3) connecting them with urban leaders who make a mark on the world with their art. With assistance from the Kresge Foundation, Onstage!Program, IMD broadened the horizons of 20 Advanced Art and AP art students from Hamtramck High School. On November 21, 2013 the students along with their teacher, Veronica Lassen, attended a tour/lecture by exhibited photographic artist Sarah Nesbitt. James Lutomski also talked to the students about curating the exhibit.

Marygrove College undergraduate students, in Karen Sanders’ photography class, also attended the tour/lecture. The experience provided the students with another perspective in using photos in the creation of art.


Comments from Hamtramck students included:

1. “I didn’t realize that anything could be used as art and that art could be more than a decoration. Art can be used to make a statement. I see that anything, as long as it’s what you feel, is art.”

2. “I thought the exhibit was very intriguing. It gave me some motivation to start creating my own work. Sarah was a very amazing speaker and she brought me into her own little world.”

3. “I really liked my experience in the master class/lecture led by Sarah Nesbitt. The art works are unique and creative. Since I am creative and love doing art I’m really inspired.”

Spooktacular Halloween events on campus!!

Haunted Scavenger Hunt


Students will be split into four teams and will have to go to various areas such as the community room, cafeteria, student center building and more! The teams must find clues to lead them to their next destination. Inside the clues there will be stories and hints. Bringing something to light your path is important, some areas of the hunt will be dark!! After the scavenger hunt the teams will return to the community room to discuss their team’s results!!

When: October 30

Location: Residence Hall

Time: 9:00 – 11:00 p.m.

All students are allowed to bring flash lights, glow sticks, or  lanterns.

Monster Bash


The monster bash is great Halloween fun for a great cause!! The money raised at the party will be donated to the YWCA Interim House for sheltered children and adults. All students are required to show their I.D.’s at the door. This party is a great way to socialize with other students and meet new people!! So come BOOgie your way onto the dance floor! Refreshments will be provided. See you there!!

When: October 31

Location: Madame Cadillac Building, Alumnae Hall

Time: 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.

Cost: FREE for Marygrove students. Non-Marygrove college students will be charged $3.00 at the door. However, any and all donations are welcome to help support the YWCA Interim House.

For more information contact: Shalandrea Staffney at

Congratulations to our talented colleagues!

Recent noted works by some of our esteemed faculty include: open book

Steven Patterson, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy and division chair of Letters, is a member of the editorial board of a new book series, Windsor Studies in Argumentation (WSIA). WSIA publishes books and monographs exploring argumentation theory broadly construed (incorporating, in particular, informal logic, rhetoric and dialectics). It operates as an open access series, providing 24/7 access to all books in the series around the world. The first volume in the series, What do We Know about the World? Rhetorical and Argumentative Perspectives, a collection of essays edited by Gabrijela Kišiček and Igor Ž. Žagar, has recently been published. WSIA is a venture in electronic publishing through the Centre for Research on Reasoning, Argumentation and Rhetoric at the University of Windsor (CRRAR)

Frank Rashid, Ph.D., professor of English, made three presentations recently: (1) “The Detroit Context: A Conversation,” with Stephen Henderson of the Detroit Free Press and American Black Journal, presented for the Kellogg Foundation Board of Directors at the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation on October 15. (2) “Out of Paradise Valley: The Poetry and Friendship of Robert Hayden and Dudley Randall,” with Melba Joyce Boyd at the Hayden-Randall Centennial Project, in the Defining Detroit series at Marygrove College, on October 10. (3) “̒Hidden Right Out in the Open:’ Sex and the City in Robert Hayden’s Poems and Worksheets,” presented at the ASAP/5 (Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present) Conference at Wayne State University, on October 3.

Leslie Love, MFA, director of the Marygrove Theatre and adjunct instructor of performing arts, published a poem, “7 Mile, Detroit,” in the special 40th anniversary Phoenix edition of Eclipse, an arts and literary journal published by Siena Heights University.

Excellence abounds at Marygrove!

New Exhibits in Marygrove’s Art Galleries

“Working Towards Invisible

Mark Rumsey Ann Chuchvara Maureen Nollette

Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012 to Friday, March 2, 2012
Opening Reception: Jan. 22, 2012 from 1 to 4 p.m. in The Gallery, 4th Floor, Liberal Arts Building Continue reading

Music Concert this Sunday at 3:00 p.m.

The Marygrove College Department of Music In Collaboration with Chamber Music at the Scarab Club present: Something Old, Something New: Chamber Music Concert

WHEN: Jan. 22 at 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Marygrove College, Denk Chapman Hall

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