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  • Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) partnered with Detroit Public Television (DPTV) to present the 52nd Annual ‘An Evening of Fine Arts’ as a virtual concert. This event highlights and represents the best of the District’s fine and performing arts for the school year. Stay tuned for more on the 53rd Annual Evening of Fine Arts!

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 Middle School Arts Conservatory housed within each of these 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.

  • 2020 MAEA Top 100 Exhibition Artists

    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.

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Contact Information

  • Andrew McGuire
    Assistant Director
    Fine and Performing Arts K-12
    16164 Asbury Park
    Detroit, MI 48235 

    Follow on Twitter: @ADofArts


  • 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.

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