Four Foundations Join Forces to Award $12.2 Million for Detroit Arts

Four Foundations Join Forces to Award $12.2 Million for Detroit Arts

The KresgeErb FamilyHudson-Webber, and DeRoy Testamentary foundations have announced general operating support grants totaling $12.2 million to arts and cultural organizations in Detroit.

Awarded through the Detroit Arts Support program, which was launched by Kresge in 2007 and joined by the Erb Family Foundation in 2010, grants ranging from $5,000 to $100,000 will support the activities of arts and cultural organizations across the Detroit metro area. Recipients include the Scarab Club, the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, the Detroit Symphony, the Detroit Zoological Society, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, and the Grosse Pointe War Memorial Association. To be eligible for a grant, organizations must have annual revenues of at least $100,000 and have presented programs to the public for at least two years.

A related foundation-funded initiative, CultureSource, awarded grants of $3,000 each to forty-one smaller, less established organizations that do not meet Detroit Arts Support program criteria.

"We are thrilled to provide core operating support to a diverse group of arts and culture organizations from across Detroit," said Hudson-Webber Foundation president Melanca Clark. "These organizations reflect and contribute to the unique character and vitality of Detroit and Detroiters. We're so pleased to participate in the Detroit Arts Support program, which helps ensure the sustainability of the sector and its ability to thrive."

"The energy of arts and culture has helped sustain us through hard times and is integral to our revitalization today," said Wendy Lewis Jackson, Detroit program director for the Kresge Foundation. "The organizations that we are funding nurture artists of tomorrow, connect us to their work today and hold our artistic legacy."

For a complete list of Detroit Arts Support program recipients, see the Kresge Foundation website.

(Photo credit: Doug Coombe)