Devonte King, a 2010 graduate of Detroit School of Arts (DSA), who is featured in DPSCD’s new branding commercial, reflects on his high school experience, fondly noting his mentors who influenced him during times of adversity.
As a Morgan State University graduate and current DSA volunteer, Devonte remembers when DSA Founder and former Principal Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton helped him through the passing of his mother during his sophomore year.
“Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton was also my mom’s high school theatre coach while she was in high school,” said Devonte. “Dr. Davis-Cotton implemented an attitude of excellence not only within me, but to all of the staff and students that had a chance to experience her presence.”
Devonte points out that when his mom passed away it became his inspiration for helping others.
“My mom helped so many people, and I saw firsthand that your presence and positive impact can truly changes the lives of others.”
It’s no surprise that Devonte actively sought out opportunities to give back to his community after he graduated college and moved back to Detroit.
“My goal is to create a bond that promotes a positive impact with the people I help,” he stated. “I love the energy at DSA. There is so much opportunity for creativity and growth inside that building. You can tell just by walking in.”
Today, Devonte works at the Wayne County Department of Public Services where he assists in the development of media projects, and volunteers as much as possible in his spare time. His advice to students interested in pursuing the arts:
“Stay focused and your dedication to your craft will make room for you in ways that money cannot.”