History Alive: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

History Alive is our 14-week (January-May) arts education program for youth in 5th-12th grades. The program combines history with performing arts to teach about African Americans (“giants”) who have made history in Washtenaw County, Michigan. The program culminates in a stage production for the community.

The History alive arts education Program


The University of Michigan's Project SOAR, provides Intensives in acting, movement, stage presence. voice projection, and technical theater for 10 hours of training. Actors are directed by staff with extensive experience in theater. 


Dance instructors teach a variety of dance styles and allow youth to incorporate their own choreography into the dances. Our instructors have experience in all dance forms.


Students receive instruction in sound technology, videographer and photography from professionals in the field. Students learn to shoot and edit pictures and videos. They also run sound and lighting for the stage production.


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Each year, the writing team is tasked with interviewing the giant and writing a script to be performed by the youth. Participants are encouraged to assist with scriptwriting.


Check out this great video of 2016 Giant, Mr. 

John Barfield visiting the cast.