PRESENTED BY: Craig Nowak and Nathan Volz
Gesher Human Services’ Creative Expressions Program partners with community organizations like the College for Creative Studies, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Opera, Matrix Theatre, and more, to develop arts education, enrichment, and opportunities for people with mental health challenges and intellectual & developmental disabilities. We focus on all creative disciplines, from visual arts, music, and literary arts to performing arts and dance. Our participants hone their skills with a variety of classes led by our creative partners whereafter, we help them find opportunities so they can develop themselves artistically and fulfill their own professional creative goals. Creative Expressions artists have exhibited their art at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Gallerie Camille, and Detroit Contemporary to name few. They’ve performed music on top of the Detroit Opera House, in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Max M and Marjorie S Fisher Music Center, and several other places throughout the community. Our participants have danced with professional choreographers during theatrical plays. They’ve walked in runway shows. And several have had their writing published. The presentation will delve into these sorts of participant accolades, their connections to our Creative Expressions Program, how we’ve managed to develop relationships with so many magnificent creative community partners, and how other organizations can mirror the success of our program within their own respective communities.