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.