Battle Creek’s W.K. Kellogg Foundation Gives $1.5M to Detroit’s Motown Museum

Detroit’s Motown Museum has received a $1.5-million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek to support the museum’s programming as part of its upcoming expansion.
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The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has given the Motown Museum $1.5 million for its expansion and programming. // Photo courtesy of the Motown Museum

Detroit’s Motown Museum has received a $1.5-million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek to support the museum’s programming as part of its upcoming expansion.

Current programs include Motown Mic: The Spoken Word poetry contest, the SPARK and IGNITE summer camps, and Amplify, a singing contest. The gift will allow the museum to broaden its scale of programming.

“The W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Motown Museum share a similar vision for the future: a world that gives young people every opportunity to flourish as thinkers, creators and entrepreneurs,” says Robin R. Terry, CEO and chairwoman of the museum.

“In the beginning, Motown provided opportunities for artists and musicians to realize their full creative potential. We are proud to continue serving the community in this same spirit. This critical grant funding allows us to build on the success of our existing programs and elevate our program offerings for talented, aspiring youth and adults.”

The programming will be made possible with the added space.

One of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s priorities is changing outcomes for Detroit children. It works to support children, working families, and equitable communities.

“The Kellogg Foundation is dedicated to creating brilliant futures for children,” says La June Montgomery Tabron, president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. “All of us who grew up in Detroit know Motown’s music, but the story of innovation and enterprise is a source of inspiration for young people as well.

This investment is three-fold – it’s supporting the revitalization of a historic neighborhood, elevating resident voice, and providing entrepreneurial and career development. Through these programs, more young Detroiters will be inspired by Motown’s story of creativity and begin to build in that spirit.”

The museum expansion was announced in late 2016 and will grow the location to a 50,000-square-foot entertainment and education tourist destination featuring interactive exhibits, a performance theater, recording studios, an expanded retail experience, and meeting spaces. It is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that was founded in 1985 by Esther Gordy Edwards.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation was created in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal entrepreneur Will Keith Kellogg. It works throughout the country and internationally.

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