Our Mission

Faced with a challenging economy and tightening budgets, schools nationwide have substantially reduced funding for arts programming. The Detroit Creativity Project (DCP) was founded in 2011 by working artists who believe that arts education provides a critical element of learning for all students, and is not an expendable part of the curriculum. Whether painting, playing music, or taking the stage, the arts allow students to develop skills they need now and in the future.

“I have learned to attack projects head on even when they are difficult.” 2012 DCP graduate

Our Mission: To empower and inspire young people through the art of improvisation. Improvisation is group theater that is spontaneously created without script or rehearsal. The performers rely on listening, respect, teamwork, and making fearless bold choices. Through improvisation our students build confidence and develop creativity, collaboration and a curiosity for learning.

Our Principles:
The arts are essential to a complete education. 
Every child in Detroit deserves access to arts education. The arts are about transformation and imagining beyond what is known. Arts like improvisation prepare students for the future by teaching them to take risks, innovate and adapt to change. Lessons from these artistic experiences can be integrated into language arts, mathematics and science, subjects that rely on critical thinking and communication.

Building a growth mindset leads to sustainable success.
Grit and self-control are two character traits linked to long-term success in school, work and life. Improvisation helps students develop these traits by teaching them a growth mindset – the belief that our brains and talent are just a starting point, and that capability and accomplishment result when we practice and persevere.

Collaboration fosters mutual respect and communication.
Improvisation is about building respect and equity, a community where every voice is heard. Student improvisers learn the value of communication and collaborating for the benefit of the whole. This creates a ripple effect in their lives, transforming how they approach their peers, family and community.

Our Core Values: 
Creativity. We seek new ideas and welcome initiative. We are always looking for better ways to serve Detroit students and their communities.

Collaboration. We value the collective talents of our team, our partnerships with other organizations, and the students, teachers and parents we serve. We embrace diversity and are inclusive.

Credibility. We act with integrity, honor our commitments, and hold ourselves accountable for reaching our program and funding targets.

Commitment. We are passionate about our work, and dedicated to delivering high quality programs with a measurable impact.

Contact us at info@detroitcreativityproject.org to find out more about The Detroit Creativity Project. Or contact us by mail at PO Box 1236 Venice CA 90294.