“The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X

For more than two decades, InsideOut Literary Arts has inspired over 50,000 young people to “think broadly, create bravely and share their voices with the wider world.”

Through professional instruction and mentorship, InsideOut invests in the development of craft and technique, turning “ordinary students” into exceptional writers. Even more importantly, our programming uses the power of words to amplify youth voice through transformative experiences that boost and sustain self-expression and self-confidence.

The Dr. Terry Blackhawk Fund for Program Excellence, named in honor of our founder, has been created to ensure that InsideOut’s excellent programs continue to thrive, well into the future. This fund provides much needed flexibility and sustainability to the organization, allowing it to ride out the ever-changing funding landscape. It will serve as a vehicle for sustaining our in-school, Writer-in-Residence programming.

Strategic philanthropy is truly powerful. By investing in this fund, you will ensure that InsideOut has the resources to continue to provide consistent, coordinated and effective programming, year after year.

As we announced at our Share the Light event on Aug 24th, an anonymous donor has provided a $10,000 match if we raise another $10,000 by the end of September.



If you have any questions you can call our office at (313) 577-4601.

If you’d like to discuss your personal giving with our Executive Director, you can email Suma Karaman Rosen at suma@insideoutdetroit.org






Donate by Mail:

Please make all checks and money orders payable to
InsideOut Literary Arts Project and mail to:
InsideOut Literary Arts Project
5143 Cass Ave., Room #225
Detroit MI 48202


InsideOut is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization and your donation is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law. To claim a donation as a deduction on your U.S. taxes, please keep your email donation receipt as your official record. We’ll send it to you upon successful completion of your donation. We will be sending you a thank you letter which can be used as receipt as well.

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