The Ford Foundation Equity Initiative will focus on inclusion efforts at the museum in three areas — education, community engagement, and infrastructure. Over the next five years, the initiative will provide free field trips to the museum to forty thousand fourth- and fifth-grade public school students in Detroit and will provide middle-schoolers in the city with access to the museum's digital "innovate" curriculum.
The grant also will fund accessibility improvements to the museum's facilities; an expansion of its sensory-friendly programming and tactile tours; diversity-focused internships and apprenticeships in partnership with local colleges and universities; an expansion of the museum's Youth Mentorship Program; and "town hall" convenings featuring historians, thought leaders, civic leaders, and the general public.
"It is critical, more than ever in today's society, that all students hone the habits and mindsets of innovators and entrepreneurs," said Henry Ford president and CEO Patricia Mooradian. "Young people are eager to make their mark in this world but aren't always given the opportunity. We want to ensure that our region, our state, and our country can successfully compete with any other in terms of innovation, ingenuity, and resourcefulness. All children should have the opportunity to activate their own innovation journey."
(Photo credit: The Henry Ford)