Through the Detroit Connections program, Stamps students work with elementary school students in the region. Together, they explore the art of co-equal collaboration, freedom of the imagination, and creation in a classroom setting.
Co-founded by Stamps Professor Emeritus Janie Paul and Yvette Rock (MFA '99), Detroit Connections began as a collaboration with Greenfield Union Elementary School, then under the leadership of Principal Hopkins. Today, "Detroit Connections: In the Classroom" is a course where Stamps students co-create weekly art and design projects with K-12 students in classrooms throughout Southeast Michigan, including Detroit. Detroit Connections was one of the first of many social engagement courses at Stamps, and has been offered for over two decades. The course promotes engaged and active citizenry, requires out-of-the-box creative thinking, and brings together individuals from different backgrounds to learn new skills, imagine new possibilities, and share resources and ideas.