Scuola Creativa was created by Connecting Through the Arts and Education, a nonprofit organization committed to bringing children of neighboring communities together in inclusive environments.

Our Staff includes:
Steffanie Bowles - Executive Director

Abby Bradford - Director/Lead Teacher

Anthony Ells - Teacher

Rachel Wilson - Aftercare

Henry Crissman - Studio

Our Team

New! Infant/Toddler Program Opening Winter 2018

In response to the need for high quality programs for infants and toddlers, we are opening a classroom for our youngest learners ages birth to three. Coming soon to our newly renovated facility at 25423 Woodward Avenue, just steps away from the Detroit Zoo. Email us at for more information.

WHAT Does it mean to be Reggio Inspired?


Scuola Creativa is inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy of education that originated in Northern Italy. The Reggio Emilia philosophy is an approach to teaching, learning and advocacy for children. In its most basic form, it is a way of observing what children know, are curious about and what challenges them. Teachers record these observations to reflect on developmentally appropriate ways to help children expand their academic and social potentials. Long-term projects connect core academic areas in and out of the classroom.

The following principles guide the practice and decisions made at Scuola Creativa and are borrowed from Foundations of the Reggio Emilia Approach by Lella Gandini.

  • The child as competent, curious, and full of potential

  • The school as a collaborative and cooperative space

  • The environment as third teacher

  • The importance of children, families, and teachers in relationship

  • The power of documentation

  • An emergent curriculum

  • The hundred languages of children

  • Teachers as co-constructors, documenters, and advocates

  • Families as an active part of learning experiences