Who is DEYA?

DEYA is Detroit Excellence in Youth Arts, a Connect Detroit initiative. DEYA believes Detroit youth are at the center of a creative renaissance.  DEYA’s mission is to support the creative development of Detroit youth through racial equity, collective impact, and sustainability within and through the arts. We know that every youth in the city of Detroit has the capacity for creativity and artistic talent and we want to help you get there and shine!

Heritage Works Young Drummer

Concert of Colors (when/what/where)

Girl playing violin

Sponsored by The Skillman Foundation, coordinated by Detroit Excellence in Youth Arts (DEYA) at Connect Detroit:

2nd Annual Concert of Colors DEYA Youth Stage
Saturday, July 23, 2022, from 1-5pm
University of Michigan Detroit Center’s Wolverine Outdoor Stage-Detroit, Michigan

(Outside of the DIA near the corner of Farnsworth and Woodward)

The Concert of Colors welcomes back for a second year the Concert of Colors DEYA Youth Stage, sponsored by the Skillman Foundation and produced by DEYA (Detroit Excellence in Youth Arts) and the University of Michigan Detroit Center, in collaboration with Connect Detroit. Curated by young people and youth arts workers, this 5-hour event showcases many of Detroit’s most talented young artists – age 14-19 – and most dynamic Youth Arts organizations. This year, in addition to highlighting gifted singers, dancers, poets and musicians, the DEYA Youth Stage will showcase talented young visual artists, whose works will be exhibited and available for purchase online.

Stage banners and collaborative mural designed by youth from CCS Community Arts Partnerships.  Youth Art Fair presented by Mint Artists Guild


Ensemble from a Youth Arts Organization

As a Featured Performance Ensemble from a Youth Arts Organization

This year six (6) Performing Ensembles from Detroit Youth Arts organizations will be featured on the Concert of Colors DEYA Youth Stage. These ensembles perform vocal music, choir, dance, instrumental music, spoken-word poetry, rap, or any combination of the above. This year, the performance ensembles were chosen by a panel of Youth Artistic Directors.

DEYA Launch Awards for Solo Singing/Vocal Music

Youth Artistic Directors

Fiona Colson

Lauren Perdue

Dominic Porter

Featuring: Youth Performers from the following Organizations

Crescendo Detroit

Dainty Fyah

Detroit Windsor Dance Academy

LaShelle’s School of Dance

Motor City Street Dance Academy


Solo Performances from Youth Finalists from the DEYA Vocal Music Launch Awards

King Bethel

Nadia Johnson

Samuel Pickens

Art Exhibited from Youth Finalists from the DEYA Visual Arts Launch Awards

Mariah Cobb

Peyton Cunegin

Kailyn Parks

Dominic Porter

Cedar Rock

A DEYA “Artists Kickback” coordinated by the Youth Artistic Directors, in Partnership with Grow Detroit Young Talent (GDYT), will take place from 5-8 PM after the performances in the courtyard of the Hellenic Museum. This is an opportunity for the Detroit young artists to meet in a casual setting to share their creativity and build community across organizations. Participants in the Youth Stage, Youth Art Fair and youth employed by summer arts programs through GDYT, as well as other committed youth artists are welcome. Event is by invitation only. If you are an interested young artist, or you know a young artist who would like to be invited, email 313deya [at] gmail [dot]com.

King Bethel Studio Session at Hitsville NEXT

Photo courtesy of Motown Museum.

More Information

For additional information, please contact 313deya@gmail.com