Cultural Passport Initiative

  • Through a concerted effort with local arts organizations, the District launched the Cultural Passport initiative. Culture Passport will give students the opportunity to experience fine arts education. These experiences will increase each individual student's expression skills, visual thinking skills, observational skills, problem-solving, and analytical skills that aid in building autonomy in children. Students in kindergarten to sixth grade will participate in up to three cultural experiences during the school year. 

    Participation in the Cultural Passport experience will provide both equity and access to students who may not otherwise visit these venues. When students experience the arts, they develop a sense of innovation that will be important in their adult lives.  Art education teaches students how to interpret, criticize, and use visual information to be able to make choices. Working collaboratively with art partners, students will extend their learning beyond the classroom to broaden their background knowledge and gain a deeper appreciation for the arts within the Detroit landscape.  Each experience will culminate with a structured lesson for student reflection and curricular connection.  

    Cultural Passport Partners


    Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum
    The Ford House

    First Grade 

    Detroit Zoo
    Leslie Science Center

    Second Grade  

    Cranbrook Art Museum
    Detroit Institute of Arts
    Leslie Science Center

    Third Grade 

    Michigan Science Center
    Detroit Historical Museum
    Dossin Great Lakes Museum

    Fourth Grade 

    Detroit Opera House
    Detroit Symphony Orchestra
    Greenfield Village

    Fifth Grade  

    Cranbrook Institute of Science
    Henry Ford Museum
    Arab American Museum

    Sixth Grade  

    Ford Piquette Plant
    Yankee Air Museum

Contact Information

  • Marian Sanders

    Assistant Director
    Phone: (313) 873-7121