Get Adobe Flash player

Welcome to FREC

Ford Resource and Engagement Center

Management Office Hours

Monday — Friday
9:00 am — 5:00 pm

Phone: 313-962-4888

Learn more »

Upcoming Events

DSO Concert: Monday, May 15th at 12 noon (Free Snacks for Lunch)

Southwest Summer Concert Series:  FREE (face painting, tattoos, drawings to win free tickets to the zoo, greenfield village and ford museum so much more!)
June 17th  4pm – 8pm  African American 
July 29th 4pm – 8pm Youth/Multicultural
August 19th –  4pm- 8pm Arab American
Sept. 9th Latino/Hispanic
Cinema Circus – FREE (lots of other goodies available)
June 24th – Minions 8pm
July 22nd – Game Plan
August 12th – Annie w/Jamie Foxx
August 26th – Despicable Me
September 23rd – Shrek 2

Learn more »

Living Arts - Creating With The Community

Living Arts Offers Arts and Dance Programs for Youth and Adults at the FREC


About Living Arts

Founded in 1999, Living Arts is a non-profit organization that engages Detroit youth, teachers and families in transformative experiences in the performing, visual, and media arts. Through artist residencies in schools across Detroit and robust out-of-school offerings focused in Southwest Detroit, we increase youth’s academic achievement, develop their leadership and artistic skills, and strengthen our schools and communities.

In 2008, El Arte Alliance merged with Living Arts and became our arts-infused education division. With a 17-year history of effective partnerships with Detroit teachers, artists, schools and community organizations, El Arte, now known as Living Art’s In School program is dedicated to improving youth academic and artistic outcomes through learning in the arts.  Additionally, Living Arts is one of 17 National Affiliates to the National Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through Performing Arts. Living Art’s Detroit Wolf Trap program offers arts experiences in performing arts to both Head Start and Early Head Start children in Detroit. In Living Arts’ Out of School Arts program, Living Arts continues to offer high quality arts education and youth development experiences for children from infant-18 years old in age at the Ford Resource and Engagement Center at the Mexicantown Mercado. 

Living Arts strives to create a safe, inspiring and engaging environment for youth, to experience the transformative power of the arts. Beyond learning in the arts, students acquire skills that help them to develop into mature, confident, expressive participants of the community. In keeping with our pursuit of excellence, we employ professional teaching artists to share their expertise and experience in an engaging way that creates an atmosphere filled with fun, respect and creativity where the students are motivated to excel in all areas of their lives.

Living Arts’ Programs at FREC

Living Arts has significantly expanded its ability to provide opportunities for youth to experience the joys of dance, visual, and  media art forms.  Through generosity from Ford Motor Company, our arts education programming includes a variety of classes in the summer as well as throughout the entire school year for children as young as 3 months old to 18 years old. Living Arts now offers multidisciplinary arts programming for youth Monday through Friday and Saturday, including some of our most popular school-day programming such as hip hop dance,  beat-making and song recording, video production, and a range of visual arts classes. There are new opportunities available for Infants, Toddlers, and Pre-K and K students along with their parents. Living Arts has also initiated an Open Studio for Teens (13-18), “the SPOT,” to create in an open, experimental, and interdisciplinary art studio at the FREC. Our intermediate and advanced dance students ages 7 and up can participate in our three outstanding youth dance ensembles spanning classical, modern and hip hop dance: Junior Company, Dance Collage, and Fever Dance Troupe (available for community performance bookings.) Along with programs for youth, Living Arts has an active parent advisory council.

Classes are offered to students of all skill and physical ability-levels, and are based in a graduated, prerequisite format that allows for everything from simple introductory arts practice to pre-professional development. There is a minimal monthly tuition fee for classes, but scholarships are available to students who qualify. Living Arts operates on the belief that no student should be turned away from our Out-of-School classes due to lack of funds.

Interested students and families should contact our FREC program manager, Zack Bissell, to register for classes or for more information at or 313-384-2902.

You can visit our website to learn more about Living Arts at