Schola Artium is a faith-based organization that employs a fine arts program to enrich the lives of students who may not otherwise have access to such opportunities. Children are engaged through music and other artistic endeavors by participating in free after-school instrumental music lessons, fine arts classes and other enrichment activities. Students involved in Schola Artium programs are provided a nurturing environment centered on student success, and are supported and mentored in their academic careers through personalized tutoring and academic enrichment programs. All Schola Artium programming is provided free of charge to its participants through the generosity of various donors and institutions.
Schola Artium is a ministry of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, and grew out of Catholic Urban Project, an initiative that seeks to provide young adults with the opportunity to serve urban communities. The volunteers who provide staffing for Schola Artium are often young adults or university students who have elected to give their time and talent to reach out to children in need of a caring, structured environment where they can achieve their greatest potential as students, members of a community, and children of God.
The first initiative by Schola Artium, a summer music camp offered free of charge to qualifying student residents of the greater Ypsilanti area, began in June 2011. Students enrolled in 2011 Ypsilanti Arts Camp received daily violin instruction, participated in visual arts projects, played outdoor games, and participated in other academic enrichment activities. The 2011 summer camp proved a great success, and allowed Schola Artium to launch its first year of after-school arts and academic enrichment programming in September 2011.