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 officially launches its pilot phase January 2018 in partnership with schools surrounding the McDougall-Hunt neighborhood, including Martin Luther King High School, Southeastern High School, Marcus Garvey Academy and Cesar Chavez Academy East. Through these partnerships HALA will will reach more than 100 students through two consecutive 9-week in-school and after-school sessions. HALA course offerings between January and June 2018 will include: Art through Hip Hop, Writes of Passage, and Art Speaks: Mural Project.

 

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“ The importance of arts education is paramount to the development of the whole child. The Heidelberg Project is an iconic Detroit community arts organization and the partnership with Southeastern high school will allow our students to appreciate the history, significance and richness of the arts in the city.
— A. Washington, Assistant Principal, Southeastern High Schools
“I believe that the arts are critical to integrating core content into the lives of students. Without the arts we have a fragmented understanding of reality...The arts represent the mortar that solidifies core content so students leave us with a complete understanding of the real world.”
— Dr. Ward, Director of Academic Engagement, Martin Luther King High School
“I am excited for our students to participate in the Heidelberg Arts Leadership Academy because the students will have the opportunity to learn more about the arts and music. Also it is important for students to understand that art and music is social justice and can be used as a platform to better their community.”
— Dan Wolford, Assistant Director of Academic Engagement, Martin Luther King High School
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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.