Stories of growth, stories of impact, stories from our community.

Strengthening the Capacity of Detroit’s Theater Groups

Amidst the region’s robust cultural offerings, Detroit’s arts scene occasionally overlooks its award-winning theaters. Through Staging Change Detroit — a program launched by the Community Foundation in partnership with the...

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Investing in Public Spaces with Art

Dynamic public spaces are critical components to active and growing communities. Art can be a key tool in the activation of social spaces and help reflect the historical character of...

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New Detroit Journalism Engagement Fund

Two projects receive more than $2.3 million in funding to support local news: the Detroit Journalism Cooperative and the Detroit Journalism Engagement Fund Knight Foundation, Ford Foundation and the Community Foundation...

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In Press Release


POP-X is a free community arts festival piloted last year by the Ann Arbor Art Association. The 10-day fall event featured “pop up” art installations created by artists and architects...

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Conservation Education with Penguins

We all know that Antarctica is an extreme environment important to our global ecosystem and home to many penguin species. The world class Polk Penguin Conservation Center at the Detroit...

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Arts and Culture Grantmaking at the Community Foundation

As a program officer at the Community Foundation, I am responsible for the arts and culture portfolio, which is one of our largest funding areas. In an effort to contribute...

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In General

Bill Smith Receives 2015 Russell G. Mawby Award for Philanthropy

Community Foundation friend and supporter William H. Smith (Bill) of Farmington Hills was recognized with the Russell G. Mawby Award for Philanthropy by Governor Snyder, the Council of Michigan Foundations...

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Detroit Auto Dealers Go All Out for Kids’ Charities

The Detroit Auto Dealers Association is known for holding one of the largest one-night fundraising events — The North American International Auto Show Charity Preview — to support children’s charities....

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Measuring Creative Sector Impact

Good data can lead to better decision-making in public life. In 2013, the state of Michigan increased funding for the arts for the first time in more than 10 years....

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Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra

Connecting with New Audiences at Farmers’ Markets Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra conductor Arie Lipsky takes questions from a recent KinderConcert audience. The 2-6 year olds enjoyed a 30-minute program of...

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