BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., April 28, 2014 – Detroit Country Day School (DCDS), an independent, non-denominational, college preparatory school, proudly hosted its annual “Celebrate the Arts” festival yesterday, April 27. DCDS Headmaster Glen Shilling made the announcement.
The free, open-to-the-public event, sponsored by the DCDS parent organization Friends of the Arts Association, marked its 28th year and featured original works of art from every DCDS student, musical and theatrical performances and a film festival. Young attendees also created their own artwork by participating in engaging hands-on activities such a recycled paper collage art station.
“Celebrate the Arts is the culmination of the exceptional artistic achievement from our students throughout the academic year, from preschool to high school.” said Jeffrey Michael Nahan, executive director for the Fine, Performing and Communication Arts. “Every year, our students create, design, shape, compose, perform and act in new imaginative formats, and we are proud to showcase their work and passion for all forms of the arts to the Metro Detroit community.”
Representatives from the Children’s Hospital of Michigan again attended the event and selected student artwork to be donated and displayed at the hospital. More than 400 pieces of DCDS student art are on already display in the waiting areas, hallways and treatment rooms of Children’s Hospital of Michigan. As part of this partnership, the school’s Friends of the Arts Association provides the funding to frame and display the chosen artwork at the hospital.
As many schools in Metro Detroit and nationally cut funding to art programs, DCDS continues to prioritize and invest in art education, which is one of school’s main educational pillars. The DCDS Conservatory of Fine & Performing Arts mentors and challenges highly gifted students that are interested in pursuing a career in the arts, and prepares students for the competitive admission process at top schools across the nation.
To download photos from Celebrate the Arts, please click the photos below. Photo Credit: Mark Adrian Photography
DCDS students showcase their “Cow Parade” exhibit during Celebrate the Arts.
DCDS students performed a mambo routine in front of a packed audience during Celebrate the Arts.
The DCDS Orchestra performs at Celebrate the Arts.
Families got up close and personal with some of the artwork at DCDS’s Celebrate the Arts.
The DCDS Junior School Band performed the Star Spangled Banner at Celebrate the Arts.
Detroit Country Day School offers students from preschool through high school an exemplary education rooted in academic vigor and a commitment to the full development of each student’s potential. The school is an independent, coeducational, non-denominational, college preparatory school nationally recognized for excellence in academics, athletics and the fine and performing arts. Founded in 1914 by F. Alden Shaw, Detroit Country Day School today enrolls more than 1,500 students on four campuses located in Beverly Hills and Bloomfield Township, Michigan. For additional information, please visit www.dcds.edu.