the Carr Center in the Community

For the Carr Center, our ongoing commitment to connect our world class artists and arts resources to the community is an important part of our  mission. the Carr Center Arts Academy is our arts education programming arm.  Arts education and training is offered in visual art, music, dance, film and musical theater. Through the Academy, the Carr Center offers both in-school classes / workshops, as well as multi-week summer intensive programs.

Carr Center Co-Artistic Director, three time Grammy Award winner and 2019 Doris Duke Awardee Terri Lyne Carrington and her new band Social Science, stopped by Cass Technical High School in Detroit, the day before their concert on December 14th. They worked with members of their Jazz Band on the importance of sound, discipline and technique when preparing to perform. They also spent time talking about the important role music has played, and should continue to play, in social justice movements throughout history.

Sheila Jordan is a legendary Detroit born jazz singer and songwriter. At the age of 92, she is still actively at work, singing and teaching the genre she has dedicated her life to. Her first great musical influence was Charlie Parker who introduced her to what became her signature bebop style and 2011 she received the prestigious NEA Jazz Masters Award.

On December 12th Ms. Jordan was in Detroit for a private concert and the Carr Center coordinated a very special workshop for the jazz legend to talk to and work with the Advanced Choir members at the Detroit School of Arts.

The Carr Center is proud to be one of the recently announced DSA Pathways Partners. For many years we have been committed to serving the multi-talented students students of Detroit’s Public Schools and this new initiative further enhances that commitment.

The Carr Center provides the students of DPSCD with once in a lifetime opportunities to extend their classroom experiences with a more concentrated and accelerated learning environment. By interacting with nationally renowned masters of their craft, students are able to learn very important principles of life through the disciplines of dance, music and visual arts. The roster of world class artists we both partner with and present includes the incomparable Debbie Allen, vocal legend Dee Dee Bridgewater, jazz and the brilliant photographer/ visual artist Carrie Mae Weems.

We are looking forward to being an integral of what looks like a terrific future for Detroit School of Arts and Detroit Public School Community District .