Marygrove Conservancy Department of Arts & Culture

Department of Arts & Culture

The Department of Arts & Culture provides high quality facilities and the expertise of experienced non-profit leadership to support arts organizations and artists in the city of Detroit. See our Legacy Projects and the Arts & Culture tenants below.


The programs represented at Marygrove cover all of the arts bases! Find classes, presentations, events, readings, etc. below and join us for some of the best art experiences in Detroit!

Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series (CAALS)

The Marygrove Conservancy Department of Arts & Culture award-winning community engagement & legacy projects live on! Click here for the Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series (CAALS).


Public Lectures With Nationally-known Authors

The thirty-fifth CAALS guest is Tracy K. Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, former poet laureate of the United States, and professor of English and African and African American Studies at Harvard. Tracy K. Smith will deliver the Bauder Lecture on Friday, April 12, 2024, at 8 PM.  The event will be held at Marygrove.  It will also be available via live stream.  


Music is an integral part of the world, transcending cultures and becoming a universal language for many. Learn more about the organizations and programs on campus.

Detroit Youth Choir

A non-profit organization that teaches and develops students ages 8-18 through music education, dance, and theatrical arts.

Ron English and the Jazz Ensemble

Ron English currently teaches guitar, jazz theory and ensemble classes.


Marygrove’s wonderful dance facilities are favorites for all dance enthusiasts, from professional to community.

3D Dance Academy

Dancing Divas & Divos Dance Academy is a 501c3 nonprofit arts organization/dance academy designed to instill fun, energetic and motivating training through the discipline of dance.

The Institute of Dance

The Institute of Dance at Marygrove (IDM) was developed to serve the adjacent urban and metropolitan community and provide high quality, affordable dance classes to children and adults in a non-competitive, non-threatening environment. Learn more about dance programs at Marygrove Conservancy. 


With a beautiful theater with more than 375 seats and a small black box, the Marygrove Conservancy Department of Arts & Culture would be incomplete without tenants preserving the theatrical arts.

Shakespeare in Detroit

Shakespeare in Detroit is a nonprofit organization that enhances and supports the cultural, educational and financial growth of Detroit with professional theatre created through a conscious lens of equity, diversity and inclusion.

Visual Arts

One of the gems of the city, the Marygrove Gallery and visual arts studios draw artists from around the city.

Art on the left by Michael Shelton

Sarah Nesbitt

Art Professor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Nesbitt exhibits and sells her work of printed and digital media ranging from video, installation, sculpture, and augmented reality to the photographic wet plate collodion process. She also provides wedding and event photography

Naomi Tajonera-Huffman

Detroit photographer and mixed media artist, with a concentration in portrait photography and drypoint printmaking. She offers portrait photography services, private consultations for creative projects, printmaking portrait commissions, and has an online shop with all her available artwork.

Kaee Johnson

Kaee is known for his eclectic paintings using found objects.

Faith Lancaster

Faith is a teacher and draftsperson. Her beautiful skeletal drawings are textbook perfect. She is available for lessons!

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