PEERs (Performance Engagement Educational Residencies): The First Year

[Music] We are excited to announce that Performance
Engagement Educational Residencies or PEERs just finished its first full year at the School
of Music, Theatre & Dance and we are proud to report it was a great success. PEERs is a new Engagement and Outreach program
that offers opportunities for community members and School of Music, Theatre and Dance students
to learn from each other through performance. Community groups can request to be partnered
with students, and students can apply to receive funding up to $2,000 for a project. The office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
in collaboration with the office of Youth & Adult Programs pairs students with community
groups, and provides mentorship, training, and one-on-one consultations. In our first full year, we are proud to say
that PEERs funded 16 projects with 16 different community partners. No two programs looked alike, yet they all
incorporated some form of performance and education, each fitting the needs of their
respective community partner. Students returned to their community partner
anywhere from 2 to 20 times throughout the year. A few examples of PEERs funded projects from
this year include: —interactive performances with St Joseph’s
hospital in Ypsilanti once a month —Lessons with Ypsilanti Youth Orchestra
on the weekends —And Teaching youth in Highland Park, Detroit
how to use a recording studio each week We are so proud of the more than 60 SMTD students
who participated in PEERs funded programs this year. We are also very grateful to the 20 plus SMTD
faculty and stuff who volunteered their time to review and advise projects. We look forward to continuing many of these
programs next year, and can’t wait to see all the future projects SMTD students come
up with to help bring the arts to our community! [Music]

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