The Heidelberg Arts Leadership Academy (HALA) is a free in-school or after-school arts education program designed to empower students in grades 4 through 12 with the tools they need to be active change agents in their community.

HALA's mission is to empower students through arts, cultural and academic enrichment, STEAM education and social justice projects that cultivate potential and inspire active leadership.

HALA launched its pilot phase in January 2018 in partnership with schools surrounding the McDougall-Hunt neighborhood, including Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School, Southeastern High School, Marcus Garvey Academy and César Chavez Academy East. Through these partnerships our HALA program reached more than 100 students through two consecutive 9-week in-school and after-school sessions. Learn more by downloading our HALA pilot phase report.

HALA programming for the 2018-19 academic year will include three additional school partnerships and an expanded team of HALA instructors and teaching assistants. The HALA program will reach 135-180 students throughout the 2018-19 school year, with nine courses to be conducted evenly across three sessions that will take place in the fall, winter and spring. Course offerings for the 2018-19 school year will include: Art Through Hip Hop, Art Speaks: Mural Project, Writes of Passage, and Entrepreneur Empowerment.

 
 
 

See photos above from our inaugural Art Speaks: Mural Project field trip led by Viranel Cleard of the Detroit Mural Project. 

 
 
 

Bus transportation for our Art Speaks: Mural Project field trip is sponsored by:

 
 
 

If you or someone you know is an educator in the Detroit area who is interested in partnering with our HALA program in 2018-19, contact Anya Dennis by email at anya@heidelberg.org or by phone at (313) 458-8414.

 
 

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Keisa Davis by email at keisa@heidelberg.org or by phone at (313) 458-8414.

 
 

 The Heidelberg Arts Leadership Academy is supported in part by the VERA AND JOSEPH DRESNER FOUNDATION, the MICHIGAN COUNCIL FOR ARTS AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS, and the NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS

 
 
 
 
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