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    Detroit fashion designer Tracy Reese launches free kids’ arts enrichment program


    Growing up in Detroit, renowned fashion designer Tracy Reese remembers Saturdays weren’t just for play in her family. They were for learning outside the classroom and being immersed in the arts.

    “My mom enrolled us in extra classes — whatever it was we liked — whether it was art or music classes or swimming or tennis,” said Reese, who moved her studio from New York to Detroit in 2019. “You name it. We were busy on Saturdays.” 

    Now, Reese wants to expose other kids to the arts in Detroit and broaden their cultural horizons through a new free arts enrichment program. She’s kicking it off with a pilot program this weekend at her Hope for Flowers studio on Woodward in Detroit. Classes and workshops officially begin in early October.

    “There are so many families that have don’t have access” to these kinds of programs, said Reese, who also previously styled former First Lady Michelle Obama. “…I think it’s important to get out of house and do something else and learn something new. And be creative. (It) gives kids ways to express themselves.”

    The program — which Reese is launching as part of her sustainably designed Hope for Flowers line — will offer weekly Saturday classes to kids in two groups — one for 7- to 9-year-olds and another for those 10-12. Classes will feature a rotating roster of arts educators.

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