African Drum and Dance Parent Association


African Drum & Dance Parent Association acknowledges Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, Greater Flint Arts Council and the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in giving our Executive Director, Kevin Collins, the opportunity to attend and participate in the 2019 VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference held October 25 - 28, 2019 in Irvine, California.  The Conference was produced by the Office of VSA and Accessibility, a part of the Education Division of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. It provided professionals in the intersecting fields of arts education and special education the opportunity to share current information in research, practice, programs and  policy In addition, the conference enabled educators, administrators, researchers, teaching artists together to build new skills, transfer knowledge, network and assist in improving educational experiences for students with disabilities to learn through the arts.

VSA is an international organization on arts, education and disability which was founded in 1974 by former U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Jean Kennedy Smith.  It is headquartered in Washington, DC.  In 201, VSA became the Department of VSA and Accessibility at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  The purpose of VSA - which started out as Very Special Arts - is "to provide people of all ages living with disabilities the opportunity to learn through, participate in and enjoy the arts." A primary focus is on arts education opportunities for young people with disabilities and to "promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in the arts, education and culture around the world."  Each year, people of all ages and abilities participate in VSA programs, which cover all artistic genres - music, dance, visual arts, theater and literary arts.



Community Foundation of Greater Flint (CFGF)

The Community Foundation of Greater Flint (CFGF) “serves the common good in Genesee County – building a strong community by engaging people in philanthropy and developing the community’s permanent endowment – now and for generations to come”.

ADDPA Support: 2016 Grant: Youth Moves Summer Camp


Greater Flint Arts Council (GFAC)

Greater Flint Arts Council (GFAC) is a Regional Re-grantor of the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) Mini-Grant Program. Through the program, GFAC distributes small arts and cultural project grants to artists and/or art organizations in Genesee, Lapeer, and Shiawasee Counties.

ADDPA Support: 2016 Professional Development Mini-Grant: Strategic Plan

2016 Arts Project Mini Grant: Kuungana Conference


Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA)

The Mission of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) is to encourage, initiate, and facilitate an enriched artistic, culture, and creative environment in Michigan. The Mini-Grant Program is a partnership between the MCACA and 15 Regional Reporting Agencies throughout the State. These are special opportunities to address local arts and cultural needs as well as increasing public access to arts and culture. There are two components of the Mini-Grant Program:


  1. Arts Project - Arts Projects Mini-grants provide funding for locally developed, high quality arts and cultural projects.

ADDPA Support: 2016 Arts Project Mini-Grant for the Kuungana Conference

  1. Professional Development Mini-Grants provide funding to assist nonprofit organizations and arts professional acquire services or skills to strengthen the administrative infrastructure of the organization.


ADDPA Support: 2016 Professional Development Mini-Grant for a 5-year Strategic Plan

ADDPA extends our sincere appreciation to the Community Foundation of Greater Flint and Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs for financial support of Youth Moves and Youth Moves Is On The Move Summer Camps. This will enable our organization to offer 2020 Summer Camps locations.


Camps at the following locations:

Aldridge Place
Atherton East
Cathedral of Faith
Flint Development Center
Howard Estates
Latinx Technology
Masonic Temple
River Park



Ruth Mott Foundation (RMF)

The Ruth Mott Foundation has been ADDPA greatest supporter throughout the years. Its mission is to “advocate, stimulate, and support community vitality. Our commitment is to base the Foundation in its home community of Flint, Michigan”.

ADDPA Support: 2016-2017 General Operating Grant: North Flint After-School Programs, Cosaan, Kuungana Drum & Dance Conference, Youth Moves Summer Camp, and General Operating



This program is sponsored by the Greater Flint Arts Council Share Art Genesee Grant Program made possible by the Genesee County Arts Education and Cultural Enrichment Millage funds. Your tax dollars are at work!