Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit was founded in 1992 by Rick Sperling, a professional actor and director. Sperling was inspired to start Mosaic when budget cuts forced most Detroit schools to eliminate arts programs. Through his experiences as a guest artist in the Detroit Public Schools he had witnessed both incredible talent and the incredible need for advanced arts training. As Mosaic progressed over the years, Sperling and his staff observed that participation in program was yielding significant youth development outcomes. In particular, they saw that Mosaic’s insistence on high expectations, active participation and total acceptance of each individual had led to an extraordinary percentage of Mosaic alumni not only graduating from high school, but attending college.