Michigan Opera Theatre Gets $4M Grant from William Davidson Foundation

Michigan Opera Theatre has received a $4-million grant from the William Davidson Foundation as part of its fundraising campaign. // Photograph Courtesy of the Michigan Opera Theatre

Michigan Opera Theatre has received a $4 million grant from the William Davidson Foundation, one of the largest single gifts in MOT history.

The landmark donation to the opera company’s comprehensive campaign will support continued artistic excellence, community and educational outreach, and an enhanced patron experience through infrastructure and facility improvements to the David DiChiera Center for the Performing Arts and its Detroit Opera House.

“This grant is an incredible vote of confidence in the leadership and future of Michigan Opera Theatre,” says R. Jamison (Rick) Williams, chairman of MOT. “This transformative gift will help us make critical physical improvements to our nearly 100-year-old facility, which will not only enhance patron experience but assure our ability to bring superb opera and dance productions to Detroit.”

The grant from the William Davidson Foundation provides significant support for the fulfillment of the opera company’s “Historic Path to a Bold Future” campaign, launched in 2015. At present, the campaign has generated $30 million against its goal of $50 million.

“We are extraordinarily grateful for the continued support of the William Davidson Foundation,” says Wayne S. Brown, president and CEO of MOT. “This $4 million grant, coupled with the foundation’s 2015 grant of $1 million for the campaign, represents one of the largest single gifts in MOT’s 48-year history. We hope the foundation’s confidence in Michigan Opera Theatre will help us to leverage additional community support for our on-going comprehensive campaign.”

Darin McKeever, president and CEO of the William Davidson Foundation in Birmingham, says the “Michigan Opera Theatre has long coupled artistic excellence in opera and dance with a commitment to diversity, accessibility, and arts education. Because of this, the Detroit Opera House stage and MOT’s programs continue to be a magnet for artists, performances, and audiences that reflect and promote the creativity and richness of the southeast Michigan community. With this most recent grant, we are proud to support MOT’s exciting efforts to sustain and build on this legacy.”