The Helping Hands Campaign for the Arts works to unite artists with the community through acts of service, fundraising, and volunteerism. Through our connections with nationally renowned artists and artistic companies, we utilize a variety of media and artistic expressions to provide support and access to underrepresented communities across the country. Each effort is motivated by one central idea: the power of art can change lives. We endeavor to use our platform as artists to create and sustain a movement that centers artistic and media expression as a conduit for knowledge and social change.
Helping Hands holds firm to the belief that artistic expression has a tangible effect on our culture. To that end, we focus our efforts in two areas of focus: Arts as Education, and Arts as Activism.
Our current programs and initiatives include:
- TAKE ME HOME -- a documentary film that follows one woman as she fights to save her home amidst the tax foreclosure crisis. Each screening will be accompanied by an open forum community conversation.
- The Young Artists Workshop -- an educational opportunity granting Detroit High School students the opportunity to train with professional artists from television and theatre.
- The Youth Arts Fellowship -- an extension of the workshop, students are gifted the opportunity to shadow professional artists and technicians, gaining unique and valuable experience.
- Legends & Wonders-- an amazing evening of music celebrating four local legends. Eric “Rainman” Gaston, a professor of music at DIME; Andre Johnson, President/CEO of Detroit Recovery Project, Anthony Smith of Detroit Public Schools, and Lee Thomas, author and Emmy winning journalist. The evening will showcase solo and group vocal performances while bringing a spotlight to honorees in our community who are positively contributing to society and who would otherwise be overlooked and unsung. Proceeds will go to The Helping Hands Campaign for the Arts Youth Arts Fellowship Program.