DETROIT — Sixty-five arts and cultural organizations in metro Detroit will receive two-year grants to help support their operations. The grants, totaling more than $4.1 million, were made by Kresge’s Detroit Program, and will go towards funding the day-to-day expenses of the organizations.
The new grants bring the total Kresge has invested to support arts organizations through its Detroit Arts Support initiative to roughly $19.4 million since 2007. More than half of the organizations supported are based in the city of Detroit, while the remaining are located throughout Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.
“These grants reaffirm our commitment to the vital work of our arts and cultural institutions of all sizes,” says Rip Rapson, Kresge’s president and CEO. “These organizations, day in and day out, are essential to the vitality of metro Detroit now just as they were seven years ago when we began this effort.”
Kresge works to expand opportunity in America’s cities. Its Detroit program focuses on the foundation’s hometown, using a comprehensive framework to promote long-term economic opportunity.
The 2014 grants provide as much $100,000 over two years to medium-size organizations — such as the Arab American National Museum, Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, and public radio station WRCJ 90.9 FM — and up to $25,000 over two years to small organizations — such as the Heritage Works and the Scarab Club. Grants to large institutions — such as the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the The Henry Ford and Detroit Symphony Orchestra — provide as much as $200,000 over two years.
Kresge is committed to supporting and promoting arts and cultural organizations, arts-infrastructure groups and artists through its Detroit program.
“We work to strengthen the economic, social and cultural fabric of greater Detroit,” says Laura Trudeau, managing director for the Detroit program. “You can’t strengthen that fabric without paying particular attention to arts and culture.”