Arts Education

Thayer Jonutz (co-founder and co-director) along with Take Root has been awarded several mini grants to support their Arts Education Outreach program.  This program takes them to facilities in Pontiac, MI such as the Baldwin Center as well as multiple elementary schools to conduct assemblies.  Take Root enjoys working with children to teach them dance and movement through lecture demonstrations and  guided exploration!

Meet Our Staff:

Thayer Jonutz


Becky Kowalski 

Assistant Director


Noelle Millis


Residency at Oakland Family Services

Take Root had an extremely successful 6-month residency at Oakland Family Services. From September 2018 through February 2019, Take Root Arts Education Faculty taught weekly classes to over fifty children ranging in ages from 4-6 years old. This residency culminated in a free performance by Take Root and the children from OFS at The Strand Theater in Pontiac this past February. Thank you to the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester's Cupp Family and Friends Youth Endowed Fund for their generous support. 

Past Events:

2018: Take Root's Pontiac Arts Education Residency

Take Root spent a week at Oakland Family Services and The Baldwin Center, both located in Pontiac.  We taught classes, specifically focused on how to problem solve using dance. The week concluded with a performance with the kids and Take Root!

2017: Take Root presented an interactive demonstration to the youth at S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center, a recreation center created by Mitch Album providing literary and tutoring programs, sports, music and dance to youth in Detroit.  Find out more here:

2017:  Take Root collaborated with Oakland University's Repertory Dance Company to host lecture demonstrations at the Baldwin Center and Alcott Elementary in Pontiac, MI.

Drawn by Sevanne, Age 6



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