The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced a $19.25 million commitment in support of the arts in Detroit.
Awarded through the Knight Arts Challenge — a two-pronged initiative to support new ideas and innovation in the arts in Knight communities — three- to five-year grants totaling $10.25 million were awarded to seven arts organizations in the city. Recipients include the Arab American National Museum ($750,000) and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History ($750,000); the Michigan Opera Theatre ($1 million) and the Sphinx Organization ($1 million); and the Detroit Institute of Arts ($2.25 million), the Detroit School of Arts ($2.25 million), and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra ($2.25 million).
The remaining $9 million will be disbursed over three years. Starting next March, individual artists, organizations, and businesses will be eligible to apply for funding under three rules: their idea must be about the arts; the project must take place in and/or benefit Detroit; and applicants must be able to secure matching funds.
"We believe Detroit's future will be driven by entrepreneurs, artists, and designers, building on an impressive existing infrastructure," said Knight Foundation president Alberto Ibargüen. "That's why we've adopted a two-tier approach to our investment, supporting some of Detroit's most distinguished institutions as well as opening arts funding to everyone with the talent, energy, and inspiration through the Knight Arts Challenge."