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

  • 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.

  • African Collaborative Network

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2022

    In support of the Lyoya family.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Samaritas

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Oct. 2020

    To launch the Gateways for Growth Welcome plan to integrate immigrants, foster economic growth and promote inclusion for all Grand Rapids residents.

  • Institute of Ubuntu

    Amount Awarded: $200,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2020

    Supporting the Black Impact Collaborative’s exploration of seven impact areas for the immediate and post COVID-19 recovery for Black and African American people living in greater-Grand Rapids. This partnership was made possible by the Lucy E. Barnett Trust for the Elderly and Fund for Community Good.