The Motown Museum has announced year-end grants totaling $2.28 million from the Kresge Foundation, the Elaine and Leo Stern Foundation, AARP, and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs in support of an expansion project.
The funding includes $1.3 million from the Kresge Foundation to develop a public plaza as a community gathering place and the renovation of three buildings near the museum that will be used for education and community programs. In 2016, the foundation awarded $160,000 to the museum — which opened in 1985 in two of the houses where Berry Gordy started the legendary Motown label (aka Hitsville, USA) — to help launch a $50 million campaign for the project. Other gifts announced this week include $500,000 from the Stern Foundation, $225,000 from AARP (which made a $200,000 donation in 2016); and $55,000 from the state arts council.
"The Motown Museum campus promises to be both a worldwide attraction and a unique community space that contributes to the revitalization of the immediate area," Wendy Lewis Jackson, managing director of the Kresge Foundation’s Detroit Program, said in a statement.
"This has been a stellar year for our expansion campaign, with the momentum we’ve experienced continuing to serve as a powerful sign of the significance of this movement and the meaningful impact the Motown story has both here in Detroit and around the world," said Motown Museum board chair and CEO Robin R. Terry. "These groups continue to recognize the importance of our mission to tell more stories from the Motown legacy and inspire the next great generation of artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs."