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.”

Marygrove brings Master Artist Carrie Hanson to work with students

Carrie HansonThe Institute of Music & Dance (IMD) is committed to teaching and inspiring. Through the IMD’s Onstage! Program hundreds of students have been enlightened.

Once again, IMD is bringing in a Master Artist to work with Marygrove undergraduate students as well as community high school students.

Carrie Hanson, Artistic Director of The Seldoms, not only is a major force in the world of Dance but in using dance as a vehicle for reflection on social and environmental issues. She is an urban leader who will contribute to students’ artistic, ethical, social and environmental awareness.

On January 24, Marygrove undergraduate dance students will work with Ms. Hanson, along with Phillip Elson (one of her company members).

Friday, January 25, two High School master classes will be taught along with a performance for those students by the Marygrove College Dance Company. Continue reading

IMD students learn about poetry, transformational awareness

Veronica Gaylie, Ph.D., interacted with dance students of the Institute of Music & Dance at Marygrove College on Tuesday, November 13, 2012.

Dr. Gaylie is an Associate Professor, in the Education Department, of the University of British Columbia.  A teacher educator in interdisciplinary, ecology-based learning, she is involved in eco-poetry workshops at schools and is keenly interested in promoting poetry as a catalyst for transformational awareness about the natural environment. Continue reading

Former IMD student, Diamond White, a contestant on The X Factor

Diamond White, born January 1, 1999, was just six years old when she started drama, dance and voice lessons at the Institute of Music & Dance at Marygrove College in Detroit, MI.  She was a student in the Junior Performers class from January – April, 2005 and then in the Junior Performers Camp, attending classes daily, in July, 2005. Continue reading