Fine and Performing Arts
The Office of Fine and Performing Arts provides equitable opportunities for all learners to gain knowledge, skills, and confidence to become lifelong creators in the Arts. Our K-12 Arts program unlocks student potential through dance, visual art, theater, and music. By utilizing the wealth of resources and quality instructors in our great city, students are connected with meaningful, student-centered college and career opportunities from a young age. The Cultural Passport program, a collaborative initiative between arts industry partners and DPSCD, brings our students to cultural institutions throughout the city and beyond, including: the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Michigan Opera Theater, and the Detroit Institute of Arts. These opportunities enrich the whole child, giving them more experiences for creative thought.
The Office of Fine and Performing Arts serves to meet the growing and evolving needs of our K-12 students to help them achieve personal, collegiate, and career success. Our sequential K-8 curriculum creates a rigorous platform for students to experience excellence in Arts instruction in preparation for their high school years. Course offerings in beginning, intermediate, and advanced level courses in our high schools further prepare students for the creative challenges ahead of them after graduation.
Art and/or Music is offered at every school. The following K-8 schools feature an intensive education in the Arts starting in kindergarten. Students may choose to specialize in two art disciplines by applying to the Middle School Arts Conservatory housed within the following schools:
- Brenda Scott Academy
- Edward ‘Duke’ Ellington Conservatory of Music and Art
- John R. King Academic and Performing Arts Academy
- Spain Elementary-Middle School
For students who choose a rigorous, college-preparatory Arts curriculum, we offer the Detroit School of Arts. Detroit School of Arts is a nationally renowned high school that offers a strong college preparatory Academic and Arts Curriculum, with pre-professional study in Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Music Technology, Dance, Theater, Speech, Radio/Television Production, Visual Arts, and Visual Communications.
Whatever type of learner you are, there is a home for you in Detroit Public Schools Community District. Through our wide course offerings, expanding Arts programs, and Cultural Passport, all students experience the connection to the Arts.
2022–2023 All City Celebrations Gallery
2020 MAEA Top 100 Exhibition Artists
We are thrilled to announce that 12 of our elementary school students and 5 of our high school students placed within the top 100 across the state in their respective divisions. Check out these students and their incredible art.
Office of Fine and Performing Arts
16164 Asbury Park
Detroit, MI 48235
Deputy Executive Director
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More than 200 middle and high school fine and performing arts students will showcase their immense talent during an event at the historic Fox Theatre for “An Evening of Fine Arts,” at 7 p.m. May 18.
Admission to this event is free and open to the public. Tickets are required for entry and are available at participating schools, the DPSCD Office of Fine Arts, and Eventbrite.com.
Interested in serving the students of Detroit? Consider applying for open positions!
Looking to student teach in DPSCD?
Please contact the Office of Fine and Performing Arts.
If you would like to request DPSCD students to perform or exhibit their incredible talents at your function, please complete the form linked above.
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