Office of Community Engagement

371 Varner Dr.
221A Varner Hall
Rochester, MI 48309
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Office of the Provost

Wilson Hall, Room 205
371 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, MI 48309-4486
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(248) 370-2190

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Arts and Culture

The Arts and Culture pillar works to promote performance arts to elevate Grizzly and Pontiac Pride. Pillar leads consist of locally recognized musicians that work to connect and heal spirits through the arts.

Pillar Leads

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Mark Stone
Associate Professor
School of Music
Oakland University
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Dwayne Lyons
Communication Relations Specialist
City of Pontiac
  • Increase the presence of, and access to, arts events in Pontiac
  • Promote and build a community that supports arts education in Pontiac
  • Provide community-engaged learning opportunities for Oakland University students in the fine and performing arts field
  • Elevate the spirit of our communities through the unifying power of the arts
Gospel Explosion
The Project Upward Bound Gospel Explosion is an annual event in which PUB scholars present their self-authored/choreographed/produced artistic expressions in conjunction with performances by local singers, dancers, mimes and more. The OU-Pontiac Initiative looks forward to hosting Gospel Explosion II to benefit Project Upward Bound Scholarships.

For more information contact Project Upward Bound Director, Geraldine E. Graham at
Soul Food Concert
In order to celebrate the oneness of humanity with artists of varied cultural, spiritual and faith backgrounds, Pontiac Arts Commissioners Dwayne Lyons and Mark Stone initiated the Soul Food Concert Series in 2017. In December 2018, Soul Food received the OU-Pontiac Initiative Community Impact Sponsorship Award for its inspirational music and words to nurture the soul and elevate the spirit.