|The Birmingham Education Foundation is proud of its tradition of supporting arts curriculum in BPS schools. The BEF has provided funding for one time grants such as:
- New kilns for ceramics classes
- Sound and lighting equipment for theatre programs
- Opera curriculum for 5th graders
- Detroit Institute of Arts middle school curriculum
- Playwriting fellowships
In addition, the BEF has provided long standing support to:
Authors & Artists
Each year, the Birmingham Education Foundation along with the school district’s Media Services Department invites an artist or author to be “in residence” for a ten-day period. These individuals work with either primary or secondary school students, sharing their creative process and discussing their work.
The Birmingham Education Foundation Author & Artist in Residency Program links children in the Birmingham Public Schools with a real author and/or artist. This year’s author is Gary Schmidt. Mr. Schmidt, a Michigander, is a two-time Newbery Honor winner, a 2011 National Book Festival Finalist, and is currently an English Professor at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. During his residency he will be presenting at the BPS middle and high schools (BCS, Berkshire, Derby, Seaholm, and Groves). His sessions with students will combine stories and the writing process.
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4th Graders Visit the DSO
Each year, every fourth grade student in the district has the opportunity to participate in a Detroit Symphony Orchestra concert field trip. The students are treated to the symphonic wonder of a full orchestra performing at Orchestra Hall. The DSO's Educational Concert Series features interactive classical programs that are geared toward students and introduces them to orchestral music in an engaging way.
The timing of this field trip dovetails neatly with the introduction of the district’s instrumental music curriculum. Shortly after the concert, fourth graders have the opportunity to select an instrument to play in band or orchestra during their fifth grade year.