Educational Arts Society Inc

Create a Smile with Music

aka EAS Inc,   |   Detroit, MI   |  http://easzmusic.org

Mission

"Create A Smile With Music" Our mission is to motivate and inspire young artists in developing a professional and artistic skill-set in art, music and theater, while increasing self-esteem, self-discipline, confidence and responsibility.

Ruling year info

2014

Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Mamie L. Smith ED.D

President

Ms. Janice Slappy

Main address

14527 Mark Twain

Detroit, MI 48227 USA

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EIN

45-5406280

NTEE code info

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The "Create a Smile with Music Project" seeks to create an atmosphere where students examine who they are, where they choose to go in the future and how they will get there, through self-analysis, determination, courage and inner growth, coupled with a chosen musical skill-set that will provide a pathway to future job opportunities and positive societal values. All workers are volunteers. However, independent contractors are paid $25 per 30-minutes to teach group classes where "in-kind" donations are unavailable. These classes are available to underprivileged children that receive FREE instruments from EAS. The Project is designed to overcome low self-esteem, lack of self-discipline and accountability, a void in public school music education and the inability to have a one-stop shop for music development in the performing arts.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Create a smile with music!

We provide FREE musical instruments and lessons to under-privileged youth in Detroit, Michigan and surrounding areas!

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Multiracial people

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Project focuses on three key areas:

1. Instructing a child in music.
2. Using cores values as the foundation to teaching positive life direction.
3. Immersing children in the rich history of music through class discussions, DVDs
and video viewings, research of chosen Motown artist and book assignments.

Our hope is that seventy-five percent of students who complete the project will have higher self-esteem, a clearer pathway to positive life direction, an expanded knowledge of Detroit music and musicians, proficiency on at least one instrument and ownership of an instrument.

To affect positive change in participant attitude and performance.

Student progression in chosen instrument skill-set.

Increased self-esteem of participant.

Increased understanding and value placed on Detroit's rich music history.

Students ages 6 to 24, will be targeted via schools, churches, community organizations, websites and regular mail to determine their interest in developing a music and core values skill-set. Attributes for determination include, but not limited to:
• Attendance
• Passionate Desire
• Accountability
• Parental Involvement

To receive a FREE instrument, parents and students must register at the Parham Academy of Performing Arts for one year, and commit to bi-weekly lessons. At the end of one year, instrument ownership becomes final.

Available instruments violins, saxophones, cellos, flutes, drum pads and keyboards. As funds become available, more instruments will be purchased or donated. The first twenty (20) instruments will be given on December 15, 2018 at the Greater New Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church. The program start-up date is January 14, 2019 and end December 31, 2019.

Mondays:
Core value group classes consisting of ten (10) students will be taught in the conference room of the Glenfield location from 3 pm to 4:30 pm and ten (10) students from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm. Conference chairs will be replaced with folding chairs stored in the building. Music stands and music are provided and becomes the property of each student upon completion of the project.

Program: A Three-Step Approach to Life Discovery

A Three-Step Approach to Life Discovery provides a pathway of self-discovery, self-analysis, and self-development to youth from adolescence to adulthood that will aid them in making positive career choices, setting meaningful life goals, achieving those goals and establishing sound relationships.
Module One answers the question “Who am I?” by allowing the student to use his present vision and perception of himself as identification, but progressively moves himself through a process of self-analysis that gives a new and increased view of himself upon completion.

Module Two answers the question “Where am I going?” by directing thought through a process of goal-setting, self-direction, investigation of life choices, selection of a temporary career, and by actually walking through career choices by tapping into positive family, community and peer activities and organizations.

Module Three answers the question “How will I get there?” through student practice and engagement by aligning himself with values that require commitment, acceptance of responsibility, performance of exercises that build self-esteem, exploration of what it means to feel safe and enjoy life, and identification of destructive behaviors and consequences. Self-evaluation occurs at the end of each module, but is an integral part of each module throughout its entirety.

Students will be evaluated by observation based on attitude toward self and others, positive self-examination, attendance, discipline, acceptance of responsibility and accountability.
Individual and group lessons will be held. Individual lessons are one hour and group lessons are two hours in duration.

MUSIC CLASSES – FUNDED by EDUCATIONAL ARTS SOCIETY
Tuesdays:
FREE instruments and music classes will be funded by monetary donations, fundraising and instruments donated by Motown musicians and families. New and repaired instruments will be owned by students at the end of the one-year project. Only books/DVDs, sheet music, stands, refreshments, t-shirts, field trips, bus rental and repair of donated instruments will be funded with grant solicited funds.

1. Contact has been made with parents, schools, churches, social media and community organizations. I have also contacted youth leaders and community leaders deemed essential to the success of the project.
2. I have taught and worked with youth in churches, schools and privately to determine interests, goals and life choices.
3. Goals and objectives are discussed with project leaders, input sought and implemented, and focus is made on how each leader will positively affect the success of the project.
4. Registration form include a parental and student commitment to select an instrument, make a written commitment to complete the project and volunteer.


Project leaders include teachers, business owners, attorney, professional, local and worldwide musicians, ministers, Detroit City Councilman, social workers, state tax workers and community volunteers. They donate in-kind gifts, donations and freely volunteer their time.

Our CEO was inducted into the Jazz Hall of Fame, has been licensed by the airs of the estate of the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., received three mayoral proclamations for artistic achievement and served as minister of music for several churches. The COO is licensed to teach voice and piano in the State of Michigan, has degrees in Vocal Music Education, doctorate in administration and has numerous administrative and social science classes under her belt, performs and teaches privately. The core value program was designed and written by the COO and many aspects of it were implemented during her teaching experience.

Volunteer family members of Motown musicians will be used to give first-hand knowledge of experiences. Professional musicians will accompany the Parham Academy Orchestra (of students) in rehearsals and performances.

The building location sits directly across the street from the Ninth Precinct Police Department and the organization works with the Police Community Liaison for safety of events. The building owner also owns the vacant lot next to it and is investigating outside future community gatherings.
New and used instruments are donated by professional musicians, families of deceased musicians and purchased by organizational board members and leaders. We do not need any instruments to give children.

Financials

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Educational Arts Society Inc

Board of directors
as of 12/17/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

President Janice Slappy

EAS Inc,

Term: 2016 - 2019


Board co-chair

Mr. Garrett Ziehlsdorf

Retired

Walter Parham

Educational Arts Society

Janice Slappy

Educational Arts Society

Garret Ziehlsdorf

Educational Arts Society

Carl Small

Educational Arts Society