The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced grants totaling $20 million to help strengthen the arts in Detroit.
The grants will help small and midsize organizations develop sustainable, long-term business models that enable them to continue to provide high-quality programming and ensure that individual artists and organizations can pitch their best ideas in the Knight Arts Challenge, a community-wide initiative that has awarded matching grants to more than two hundred and fifty projects in Detroit since 2013.
Grant recipients include Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall, which was awarded $2.5 million to redevelop the courtyard of the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center into a community space for multidisciplinary programming and transform the façade of the building with digital content; the Detroit Institute of Arts, which will receive $2.5 million in support of audience development activities and to enhance the visitor experience by strengthening its technology infrastructure; Creative Many Michigan, Inc., which was awarded $750,000 to provide emerging and mid-career artists with the financial resources and time needed to research and develop new work without the immediate pressure of presenting it; and Concert of Colors, which was awarded $100,000 to develop its capacity to offer high-quality programming.
"Great art, tough art, challenging art helps to tell a great city's own story. Nowhere is this more true than today's Detroit," said Knight Foundation president Alberto Ibargüen. "This is the place where art, culture, and design have changed the narrative of a community. And in the art world, Detroit has become the new Berlin."
(Photo credit: Detroit Symphony Orchestra)