Art Road Nonprofit Blog

News and info, thoughts and insights on how we are bringing art classes back into school.

Art Road's 2015-16 Annual Report

Posted on Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Art Road's Annual Report "Sparking the Next Generation of Creative Thinkers" includes the latest news on why Art Road is such a worthy investment for the future...

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Spring Events

Posted on Thursday, 31 March 2016

Join us for the following Spring 2016 Events:

April 8th from 10am-1pm:

7th Annual Detroit Tigers Opening Day Tailgate Party & Art Supply Drive

Sponsored by College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving

At The Detroit Opera House Parking Lot 1526 Broadway Street Detroit, MI
Look for the Big Orange Tuck that will be parked in the Detroit Opera House Parking Lot

Entry to Tailgate Party: Art Supplies or Cash donation
Provided: Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Chips and Beverages

Detroit, MI. - March 20, 2012 - For the seventh year in a row College Hunks Hauling Junk will be hosting an Art Supply Drive and Detroit Tigers Opening Day Tailgate on April 8th, to benefit Art Road Nonprofit. The nonprofit organization is Bringing Art Class Back to Schools that lack art in their curriculum in Detroit schools.  College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving Truck will be parked at The Detroit Opera House Parking Lot in Detroit from 10 a.m. to 1:00pm and will be accepting all art supply donations or cash donations.  Art Road and College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving encourages Tigers Fans to join us for the tailgate and bring art supplies and help us fill entire truck.  Art supplies such as glue sticks, watercolors, markers, black and white construction paper, children's scissors, and more.

"Last year we collected and delivered 6 large bins of school supplies for Art Road Nonprofit," said Dan Ryan, owner of College Hunks Hauling Junk. "We want to fill the entire truck this year!  I believe every child should have art in their life. Owning a business allows one to bring awareness to worthwhile charities, and we at College Hunks Hauling Junk are thrilled to be associated with a great group like Art Road Nonprofit."

May 12, 2016 from 5pm-10pm:

CHARTREUSE to host an Evening of Kitchen & Cocktails To benefit Art Road Nonprofit - "Bringing Art Class Back To Schools"

15 E. Kirby Street  Detroit, 48202 Corner of Woodward Avenue and Kirby in beautiful Midtown Detroit
PARKING:  Please use Park-Shelton parking garage, which is open during Construction of rail.
Entrance to parking garage is on Woodward Avenue Just north of Chartreuse - parking will be validated.

The event is open to the public and designed to highlight the powerful impact Art Road is making in the lives of children through art.

Please make your dining reservations by calling CHARTREUSE at:  (313) 818-3915 and state that you are attending for Art Road.  Or make your reservations at: (in the comment section when you make your reservation - please put Art Road).

This is not a ticketed event, just a gathering of art lovers - all guests for their bills separately with a percentage of the proceeds to benefit Art Road.

Chartreuse, "Named for the vintage French liqueur - located in historic 1920's building in Midtown." USA TODAY TRAVEL Experience Food and Wine

The evening will feature:
CRAFTED FOOD AND DRINKS to highlight quality ingredients and creativity in the kitchen

UNVEILING OF KITCHEN WARES COLLECTION ART crafted from Chartreuse's recycled kitchen wares by Chartreuse staff, Art Road art students from Charles Wright Academy of Arts & Science and guest artist, Todd Patrick.  The Kitchen Wares Collection Art will be on display at Chartreuse to celebrate our collaboration and raise awareness for Art Road.

CHARTREUSE and Art Road share the same passion for creativity, whether it is in the kitchen or the art rooms.


Art Road on TV

Posted on Thursday, 31 March 2016

Art Road was on Eye On Detroit, CBS Featuring Ms. Ellsberry's class and MyLocker volunteers making Benny Andrews inspired art at Charles Wright Academy of Arts & Science.

We are so very proud of our amazing young artists!!

Please watch and share our Video Link:

May 17, 2016 7:30pm

Art Road will be on Detroit Public Television May 17th at 7:30pm, Detroit Performs - Channel 56

Please save the date and watch live, Art Road's segment on Detroit Performs featuring our art students from Edison Elementary School, our volunteers from our Platinum Partner, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, our Gold Partner, Lear Corporation and Wayne State along with our guest artists from The Michigan Glass Project.

The DPTV film crew captured Ms. Smith's kindergarten class as they watched and squealed when the glassblowers did a live demonstration and then filmed our 3rd, 4th and 5th graders and volunteers make clay dogs and modern art in the afternoon. It was a super charged day of art!


Art Road Student Art on Display at Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Experiencing Perspectives Art Exhibition

Posted on Monday, 16 November 2015

The Art Is Life canvas painted by Art Road students served as a spectacular backdrop for an evening of celebration at the Experiencing Perspectives art exhibition at Mercedes-Benz Financial Services on October 29.

Art Road students had masterful artwork describing what art class means to them, such as Art Is Life, Art Is Everything and Art Is Forever exhibited at the reception, serving as testimony to Mercedes-Benz Financial Services' commitment to the arts and to supporting young Detroit artists.

Art Road's mission is that children throughout southeastern Michigan will have access to art instruction. The organization is currently serving more than 1,200 students throughout the entire school year at three Detroit Public Schools: Edison Elementary School, Charles Wright Academy of Arts & Science, and Spain Elementary School.

"We support organizations like Art Road because we feel that art education is an integral part of a well-rounded education curriculum and is critical to developing the creators and innovators of the future," says Greg Ruvolo, community relations manager for Mercedes-Benz Financial Services. "While Mercedes-Benz Financial Services has supported art education for quite some time, we are pleased to see an overall renewed interest in art as a vital aspect of a child's development and hope this will help organizations like Art Road continue to grow."


While the October 29 art exhibition was for employees and an additional 250 guests, Art Road students will take a field trip to Mercedes-Benz Financial Services on November 20 to see their work on display, watch an education video about famous artists, and talk about their work. Students will receive personal recognition certificates for their work and have lunch.

Experiencing Perspectives is a celebration of the immense value of art in the workplace. Along with its partnership with Art Road, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services also collaborates with Cranbrook Academy of Art to display cutting-edge pieces from the academy's graduate art program in the building's lobby, hallways and conference rooms. Art Road student work was prominently displayed in the company cafeteria.

"It is important for our company to display the work of Art Road students so that our employees and visitors can see the purpose and outcome of our partnerships with organizations like Art Road," says Leila Matta, manager of brand identity, design and art programs for Mercedes-Benz Financial Services. "In particular, we chose to display the Art Road students' artwork during our annual Experiencing Perspectives fall art event so we can collectively celebrate all of our art education partnerships."

Kimberly Holback, an Art Road instructor, attended the event and was pleased to see student artwork on the walls. She has worked with Art Road for four years and has seen growth in students who have been involved with the program for multiple years. She says that they are bolder and just step into projects. They are not only able to observe artistic attributes of art pieces, such as color, detail and surface aspects, but can often go further and intuitively connect with what the artist is trying to say.

It's this kind of higher-level learning and critical thinking that makes art such an important part of a well-rounded education. In fact, children that participate in arts programs have also shown an increased love of learning, and they develop a greater ability to be prepared for the workplace of tomorrow.

"I am most proud of the days where we inspire creativity - when we're able to spark that inspiration. It's very much process based, not product based," says Holback.

YuTung Hou, a Cranbrook Academy of Art graduate student and Art Road instructor appreciates how art helps self-esteem. "Students can be reserved and hold back from things they don't understand, but art helps them get involved in things that they're not sure about," says Hou. "It helps them form their identity, be confident with themselves. Not just in art, but in life."

The mindset at Mercedes-Benz Financial Services recognizes that alliance between art and life - and especially between art and the workplace. Peter Zieringer, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, noted this connection at the Experiencing Perspectives reception: "These beautiful pieces of art in this building create a certain dynamic for employees. They're thought provoking - they help us look beyond the obvious."

For Art Road students, looking beyond the obvious, solving problems and being inspired are all examples of the way art invigorates the brain.

Matta agrees that art education is an important part of fostering creativity and innovative thinking in young people as they learn and grow. That's why supporting organizations like Art Road - through volunteering in art classes, sponsoring field trips, and committing dollars to keep art in the classroom - is important to the company.

"We have partnered with Art Road for more than eight years, and during that time we have been proud to be a part of its growth and development," says Matta. "We believe in Art Road's mission and want to continue to help with the important work it does."

Art Road Nonprofit provides special arts activity classes, including supplies and an instructor. The classes are single or multi-day sessions that introduce children to the work of artists, provide historical perspective, and bring the entire experience into focus with hands-on creative arts projects such as painting, drawing, sculpture or mixed media.


New "Art is Life" Flyer

Posted on Thursday, 05 November 2015

See why one of our students said "Art is Life" - and -

Donate now to Art Road >


Michigan Glass Project Update

Posted on Thursday, 05 November 2015

Event Results in $40k for Art Road

Allison key, Director, The Michigan Glass Project, said "Art Road provides special art activity programs, including supplies and an instructor, at no cost to Detroit elementary school that lack art programs. We chose this organization because as artists we are passionate about our art and believe all children need an artistic outlet through art programs that enhance a child's educational experience."

Read the press release PDF >



Michigan Glass Project

Posted on Friday, 18 September 2015

Guest artists, Drew and Allison from The Michigan Glass Project showed our art students at Charles Wright this past spring how to blow glass and gave the students a lesson on the history of glass.

Art Road was the beneficiary of The Michigan Glass Project Main Event, in which glass blowers and other artists from around the country came together this past July 24th, 25th and 26th to create art that was then auctioned off to benefit Art Road.


Art Road 2015/2016 School Year Sponsors

Posted on Friday, 18 September 2015

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsor



Art Road's 2014-15 Annual Report

Posted on Friday, 18 September 2015

Art Road's Annual Report includes Mission, Impact, "Why Art Road is Worthy of Investment" and more...

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Volunteers Welcome in the Art Rooms

Posted on Friday, 18 September 2015

Download our volunteer opportunities information PDF >>

We welcome individuals and groups to assist the art instructors and make art alongside our young artists in the art rooms during the day on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

No experience necessary. Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 734-536-6256


Whole Foods to Sponsor "One Dime at a Time"

Posted on Thursday, 17 September 2015

"One Dime at a Time" to benefit Art Road

October 1-December 31, 2015

at Whole Foods locations:
Rochester Hills
West Bloomfield

You can donate your 10 cents per bag refund to Art Road.

Simply tell the cashier to donate the cash back to Art Road.


MyLocker to Benefit Art Road with Custom Apparel

Posted on Tuesday, 13 January 2015

MyLocker, a Corktown-based e-commerce retailer, launched Inspired by Detroit: Shades, a limited-edition line of apparel. It is also is offering Art Road student artwork designs on tees, hoodies, hats and more.

According to a recent article in, the company will offer apparel with graphics designed by well-known, local graffiti artist Antonio "Shades" Agee. Also available is a selection of graphics based on student designs from the Detroit-based nonprofit Art Road, which provides art classes, supplies, and instructors to Edison Elementary School, Charles Wright Academy of Arts and Science, and Spain Elementary School.

The designs, including "Art Dog Face," "Art Dog," "Flowers," "Hippo," and "Hubcap Art,” were handpicked from an archive that goes back nearly 10 years, says Carol Hofgartner, founder and executive director of the organization.

Not only will the nonprofit gain exposure through the new collection, a quarter of the proceeds will benefit Art Road's programming, Hofgartner says.

"MyLocker isn't just helping us raise money," Hofgartner says. "They're helping us nurture future artists and creativity in the city."

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