Engagement

Arts + Culture

We invest in opportunities that seek to sustain arts and cultural opportunities to advance equity and are led by or primarily reach communities of color. We also invest in leaders and networks that inspire, grow and connect movements aimed at advancing equity.

Recent Grants From This Area

Recipient

Amount

Date

Purpose

  • Council of Michigan Foundations

    Amount Awarded: $7,500

    Date Awarded: Oct. 2022

    In support of the State of Michigan Office of Foundation Liaison.

  • Diatribe

    Amount Awarded: $500

    Date Awarded: Oct. 2022

    In support of efforts to raise money for the Lyoya family.

  • Greater Grand Rapids NAACP

    Amount Awarded: $420,000

    Date Awarded: Oct. 2022

    To support ongoing work of dismantling racial discrimination by building internal capacity, education strategies, and accelerating change in key areas including criminal justice, health care, education, climate, and the economy.

  • KConnect

    Amount Awarded: $375,000

    Date Awarded: Oct. 2022

    To support ongoing capacity to build a collective movement of public and private organizations aimed at ensuring all children in Kent County have an equitable path to economic prosperity through quality education, and family and community support.

  • Masa Center

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Oct. 2022

    Making Mexican History in West Michigan.

  • Better Wiser Stronger

    Amount Awarded: $135,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2022

    Equipping boys and men of color with financial education, healthy behaviors, strong relationships, and reducing barriers to access and opportunity.

  • Urban Core Collective

    Amount Awarded: $100,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2022

    To support technical assistance for the City of Grand Rapids participatory budgeting process. This partnership was made possible by the Kent County COVID-19 Recovery Fund.

  • Grand Rapids African American Museum & Archives

    Amount Awarded: $50,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2022

    This grant supports the pre-development of a permanent location which will provide an opportunity for an expanded permanent exhibit dedicated to telling the story of African Americans, specifically hometown heroes, provide space for programming, and allow the organization to host pop-up and traveling exhibits.

  • Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities

    Amount Awarded: $300,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2022

    This grant supports organizational capacity and infrastructure as GAAH engages with neighbors through arts and humanities to cultivate curiosity, creativity, and trusting relationships in ways that validate them as they forge new pathways. They provide community art classes, after-school and summer tutoring and academic support, and teen leadership opportunities. This partnership was made possible by the Leonard and Eileen Newman Fund for the Arts and the Robert D. Mieras Fund for Dance and Music.

  • West Michigan Congolese Community

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: May. 2022

    Organizing Congolese community activities in support of the Lyoya family.

  • A Glimpse of Africa

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2022

    Support for African refugees and immigrants listening sessions and space for processing grief.

  • Grand Rapids Media & Film Incubator

    Amount Awarded: $25,000

    Date Awarded: Feb. 2022

    To support programming, coordination, designers, and brand ambassadors for an online Grand Rapids/West Michigan history map and digital application. This partnership was made possible by the Estate of Annette Richards.

  • African Collaborative Network

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2022

    In support of the Lyoya family.

  • Nonprofit Technical Assistance Fund

    Amount Awarded: $80,000

    Date Awarded: Dec. 2021

    Investment in a collaborative program that provides grants for consulting services to meet technical and organizational capacity needs for nonprofits in Kent County. 

  • African Collaborative Network

    Amount Awarded: $150,000

    Date Awarded: Oct. 2021

    To uplift African voices in decision-making spaces by supporting advocacy and community organizing for better outcomes in health, economics, and education through programming, resource connection, and networking.  

  • The Diatribe

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Oct. 2021

    Capacity building to expand performing arts programming and services that empower youth to raise awareness of social issues. This partnership was made possible by the Fund for Arts and Social Engagement and the Leonard and Eileen Newman Fund for the Arts.

  • Camp Always Rising Youth Voices

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2021

    A free 3-day camp experience for up to 12 middle-school students that helps equip them for community organizing, activism and advocacy. 

  • Immigrant Assistance Center of West Michigan

    Amount Awarded: $25,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2021

    For program expansion to provide immigration legal services and education for low-income individuals.

  • DisArt

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2021

    To support the Black and Disability Civil Rights Exhibition. This partnership was made possible by Leonard and Eileen Newman Fund for the Arts.    

  • Ebony Road Players

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2021

    To create a more inclusive performing arts community for kids and adults. This partnership was made possible by the Leonard and Eileen Newman Fund for the Arts.   

  • Host Productions Community Theatre

    Amount Awarded: $5,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2021

    For the development of a performing arts space. This partnership was made possible by Leonard and Eileen Newman Fund for the Arts.  

  • Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2021

    To sustain art programming for youth in the Grandville Avenue neighborhood. This partnership was made possible by the Leonard and Eileen Newman Fund for the Arts.   

  • Mixed Roots Collective

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2021

    To grow artists who educate audiences about social justice through the performing arts. This partnership was made possible by the Leonard and Eileen Newman Fund for the Arts.   

  • Mus(ed)

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2021

    For the growth and development of youth in the arts. This partnership was made possible by the Leonard and Eileen Newman Fund for the Arts. 

  • New City Kids

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2021

    To empower youth through music, academic, and leadership development. This partnership was made possible by the Robert D. Mieras Fund for Dance and Music.   

  • West Michigan Jewels of Africa

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2021

    To increase access to African history taught through storytelling and traditional African drum and dance artistry. This partnership by Robert D. Mieras Fund for Dance and Music.   

  • Baxter Community Center

    Amount Awarded: $4,500

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2021

    To support the Mizizi Maj Mentoring healing through the arts program. This partnership was made possible by the Leonard and Eileen Newman Fund for the Arts. 

  • African Resource Center of West Michigan

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Feb. 2021

    To support FutureNow!, a youth support program that focuses on ensuring participants are able to achieve academic excellence and flourish in community. This partnership was made possible by the William H. and Inetta P. Martindill Fund.

  • The Diatribe

    Amount Awarded: $100,000

    Date Awarded: Feb. 2021

    For Project 49507, a people of color-, LGBTQ- and youth-led project, rooted in collaboration, teaching students about housing discrimination, and organizing and commissioning community art for and by POC in the 49507 neighborhood. This partnership was made possible by the Leonard and Eileen Newman Fund for the Arts.

  • Justice for Our Neighbors - Michigan

    Amount Awarded: $150,000

    Date Awarded: Feb. 2021

    To provide legal services to immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers, to understand their choices and navigate the complex legal system. 

  • Urban Core Collective

    Amount Awarded: $750,000

    Date Awarded: Feb. 2021

    To support the community of practice as they work together to develop equity-conscious leaders and address racial inequities