|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:
Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings works one- on- one with students
Through a grant made possible by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, The DCWS has been able to work one-on-one with students at both Seaholm and Groves High Schools. The funding allows for master classes, workshops and joint performances. This important partnership has been summed up best by one of our own students,“Working one-on-one with professional percussionist Keith Claeys helped me do really well at solo and ensemble. Keith’s professional opinion helped me fine tune my piece, making it more polished.” – Eleni, Groves HS Senior
Thanks you MCACA and Anton Art Center!!
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 program has been around since 1996 and has connected a number of students with award winning authors. Last year Kate Messner and Tonya Bolden joined us. The A & A program encourages and inspires students to think about the importance of writing in their life. It also allows provides an opportunity for students to meet and learn from published authors they already know and respect!
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.