The “Hidden Children” of the Cass Corridor: The Cultural Roots Art Camp

CulturalArtsCampPosterThe El Moore, a sustainably restored apartment building and lodge originally built in 1898, is located in the Midtown Detroit Neighborhood, which is also still very fondly called the “Cass Corridor” District. Midtown Detroit also includes another one of Detroit’s “Jewels,” the Detroit Cultural Center, which is a nationally designated historic district that contains several museums, libraries, Wayne State University, art galleries, and other historic residential districts. All of the venues, attractions, and developments in the Detroit Cultural Center are within walking and biking distance of the El Moore.

Keeping in the theme of the Detroit Cultural Center, an arts activist and teacher, Ms. Makini Ahket, has for the past several years run a “Cultural Roots Art Camp” in the large yard of her home in Midtown/Cass Corridor for kids and pre-teens.

Ms. Makini Ahket

The summer camp, right in the Midtown Neighborhood, runs for eleven weeks each summer and ends with an art exhibition and reception for the young artists. The curriculum includes the study of various media:

  • Drawing, contour, still life, and portraits
  • Painting, watercolor, batik dying and mud-painting techniques from Africa
  • Ceramics
  • Graphic Illustration
  • Sculpture
  • Fiber arts
  • Jewelry Making
  • Fashion Illustration and Design

In addition to adventures in art, the campers at the Cultural Roots Art Camp participate in physical exercise, weekly field trips around the Detroit Cultural Center, are served three healthy meals daily, plant gardens, and have other interdisciplinary learning experiences. As the summer progresses the young campers develop their own art portfolios.

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To find out more information about the Cultural Roots Arts Camp, contact Ms. Ahket via email: or phone: 313.617.2861. The Cultural Roots Art Camp is located at 479 Prentis, Detroit Michigan, 48201.