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Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton (MI '97)


Florida Center for Partnerships for Arts-Integrated Teaching (PAInT Center)
Sarasota, FL

Subject(s) taught: Arts Integration

At the time of the Award, Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton was:

Detroit High School for Fine and Performing Arts
Detroit, MI

Biographical Information

Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton, recognized as a leading authority in arts integrated-teaching, is an accomplished curriculum designer for equitable and inclusive education. She is the Director of the Florida Center for Partnerships for Arts-Integrated Teaching (PAInT Center) at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. This legendary founder and principal of the Detroit School of Arts (DSA) in Detroit established a unique institution dedicated to the arts in an urban community at a time when financial support for the arts and arts education is in decline. Thanks to her efforts, students in the Detroit area are not only being exposed to the arts but are having their talents nurtured as well. In addition to offering training in the fine and performing arts, DSA provides a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum. Davis-Cotton is the author of Losing My Mind over Education (Finding My Way Back to Me). She has garnered the distinct honor as a woman of vision, keen insight, and action. She received two Keys to the City of Montgomery (Alabama), the Congressional Record Recognition by the 106th Congress, and Distinguished Alum of Alabama State University.

Additional Information


1994 Wayne State University, Ed. D.

1990 Wayne State University, Ed. S.

1978 University of Montevallo, M.A.

1976 Alabama State University, B.A.