$500K in grants given to arts and culture organizations across SE Michigan

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$500K in grants given to arts and culture organizations across SE Michigan

Dozens of arts and cultural organizations across Southeast Michigan are receiving tens of thousands of dollars in grants from local foundations to support their work.

A total of $500,000 in grants have been awarded to nearly 30 organizations by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan as part of their effort to “strengthen the financial strength and long-term viability of Southeast Michigan’s arts transform. and cultural community.” The grants are part of a $100 million commitment made in December 2021 by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation in partnership with CFSEM.

In addition to providing “permanent operating funding streams” for various institutions, the investment is also used to provide annual grants to support “small and mid-sized arts and culture nonprofits” in Southeast Michigan.

“When we made our $100 million commitment to Southeast Michigan’s arts and culture sector, we did so out of the Foundation’s economic development focus area. These organizations, both large and small, are important economic drivers in their neighborhoods, communities and the broader region,” said Jim Boyle, vice president of programs and communications at the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation. “This donation is our unique and long-term contribution to the arts and culture sector. We look forward to seeing the amazing work coming from these new grantees.”

Officials said Monday that grants were awarded to a “wide variety of nonprofits,” many of which have a mission of inclusion, equity or a focus on amplifying minority voices.

Here is the full list of 2022 Wilson Arts and Culture Award recipients, as written by CFSEM:

  • Capture of Faith: $20,000 for The D Portrait Studio and its connection with Detroit students to learn the business of photography, including hosting neighborhood pop-up studios and an outdoor exhibition.

  • Sidewalk Detroit: $20,000 to support ongoing programming in promoting spatial equity through neighborhood-based engagement and public art planning.

  • Chamber Project, fiscally sponsored by Allied Media Projects, Inc.: $20,000 to support women, non-binary and trans writers and artists.

  • Anton Art Center: $20,000 for general operating expenses with a focus on partnerships, innovation and special projects.

  • HAI Foundation: $20,000 in support of City of Asylum Detroit and its fellowship program for artists in exile.

  • Livingston Arts Council: $20,000 to support general operating expenses and expanded programming.

  • American Citizens for Justice: $20,000 to support the Michigan Asian American Documentary Film Festival with an emphasis on social justice films.

  • Detroit Narrative Agency, fiscally sponsored by Allied Media Projects, Inc.: $20,000 to support its Emerging Filmmakers Workshop Series.

  • Live Coal, fiscally sponsored by Central Detroit Christian Community Development Corporation: $20,000 to support Detroit rePatched, an arts-infused green space and arts center in the Brightmoor neighborhood.

  • TeMaTe Institute for Black Dance and Culture, fiscally sponsored by North End Woodward Community Coalition: $20,000 to support a multigenerational oral history documentation and performative storytelling inquiry that explores the multiple narratives of migration and movement within the city of Detroit.

  • Ann Arbor Film Festival: $20,000 for community programming to expand the impact of the festival.

  • Planet Ant Theatre: $20,000 to support the collaborative development and delivery of a summer pilot program for children in kindergarten through third grade.

  • Living Arts: $20,000 for general operating expenses with a focus on social and emotional learning-centered arts education.

  • River Raisin Center for the Arts: $20,000 to support removing financial barriers to expanded community engagement with multidisciplinary programming.

  • Garage Cultural: $20,000 to support the prioritization of human-centered processes in the creative economy.

  • A multitude of people: $20,000 to support general operating expenses and an ensemble-generated production.

  • The Detroit Creativity Project: $17,500 to support an applied improvisational theater pilot program for foster youth in Wayne County.

  • Historic Elmwood Foundation: $17,500 to support the preservation and promotion of history at Elmwood Cemetery and to develop and offer cultural, educational and social programs to benefit the community.

  • Voce Velata, fiscally sponsored by Artrain, Inc.: $17,500 to support its youth-driven music education programming and professional development opportunities for music educators.

  • Eisenhower Dance Ensemble: $17,500 to support programming and operational strategies that will increase access and promote inclusivity for audiences and dancers.

  • Enter stage right: $17,500 to support general operating expenses and expanded programming.

  • Orkes Sono: $15,000 to support performances with greater community involvement to expand audience reach.

  • Ann Arbor Art Center: $15,000 for the ArtBox program, which provides basic art supplies to underserved individuals throughout southeast Michigan.

  • Greater Impact House, fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas, Inc.: $15,000 for his efforts to raise awareness about accessibility, inclusion and mental health in the arts community.

  • design connect: $15,000 to support the expansion of a creative design curriculum at the Detroit School of the Arts.

  • Third place [Music Fest]fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas, Inc.: $10,000 for performances in public and community spaces throughout Ann Arbor.

  • Black and Brown Theatre: $10,000 to support live performances and workshops with Detroit elementary school students.

  • All the world’s a stage: $7,500 to support a theater arts education program for kindergarten through eighth grade students in Macomb County.

  • The Wesley Foundation: $5,000 to support Sacred Ink, a gallery show of professional photos featuring tattooed students plus accompanying narratives.

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