There is no cultural arts program in Greater Cleveland like Near West Theatre. Based in the Gordon Square Arts District in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood, it has a unique identity as a grassroots, intergenerational theatre with an emphasis on serving youth.
Building personal, professional, and artistic relationships in which mutuality, trust, authenticity, forgiveness, compassion, understanding, growth, and gratitude inspire and motivate committed investment;
Fostering an open and affirming environment; maintaining affordability; acknowledging disabilities and special needs; honoring differences in race, culture, economic background, ethnicity, sexual orientation, spirituality, age, skill, mental health, physical ability, experience, education, and size;
Striving and learning, diligently; setting goals to consistently exceed expectations;
Producing something new through imaginative skill: new solutions, methods or devices, or an artistic object or form. An originality of thinking. An appreciation for the apparent chaos, contradiction, void, and imbalance out of which new things are born;
Being vigorous advocates of healing and social justice to create a world and community where all voices are valued and welcomed;
Facilitating personal and professional growth with unfailing reliability; providing an enduring home away from home, always welcoming at any stage of life and career.