The grant will help fund the ongoing $145 million redevelopment of the college's A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education, a learning community focused on art and design that extends from middle school through graduate school into the professional realm. GM and the GM Foundation also support the college through their development of the Transportation Design curriculum.
To date, CCS trustees, private foundations, corporations, and individuals have donated more than $50 million to the redevelopment project, but at least $4 million more is needed to keep the project on track.
"The quality of young designers that CCS educates and trains is a tremendous resource for Detroit and the world," said GM North America president and GM Foundation board member Mark Reuss. "Working to strengthen CCS is critical in our attempts to help Detroit rebound economically and for us to win in the marketplace."