To use the power of design to produce vibrant civic spaces by bringing together architects and creatives with community advocates
To revitalize open spaces in the Brightmoor community by commissioning local artists to replace blight with public art
To preserve and expand the reach of traditional Mexican music by creating a mariachi youth ensemble that would celebrate the popular format while incorporating the music of other Latin American countries
Knight Foundation invests in community success by supporting civic innovation, founded on robust civic engagement, in talent, opportunity and place. In Detroit, we focus on innovative places, talent and civic infrastructure that accelerate Detroit’s revitalization.
We invest in places that accelerate talent and advance opportunity. Some of our initial investments emphasize the Eastern Market and TechTown districts, but we are also seeking prototype investments in other areas of Detroit primed to accelerate talent and opportunity.
We invest in residents, including immigrants and entrepreneurs, as drivers of economic growth, job creation and neighborhood revitalization. In this area investments will primarily accelerate the work of intermediaries such as the New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan and Global Detroit.
We invest in innovation in governance and civic capacity. As Detroit navigates bankruptcy and a new civic infrastructure, our investments will support development of these areas in partnership with the public and private sectors.
We invest in civic innovation at the intersection of talent, opportunity and place to enable our communities to succeed.
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Detroit Community Advisory Committee
• Phillip Cooley (chair)
• Anne Parsons
• Darryl Redmond
• Margarita Barry
• Mary Kramer
• Mikel Ellcessor