To help build appreciation of and participation in classical music in black and Latino communities through two music training programs for 1,200 Detroit-area youths and an annual music competition
To preserve the legacy of the 1970s dance craze the Detroit Jit through a documentary featuring the original Jitterbugs and an instructional video on how the dance is performed
To introduce classical music to new audiences by driving an ice cream truck through the city playing Anton Bruckner's March in E-flat major and other works
Knight Foundation promotes an informed and engaged Detroit by fostering an environment where all Detroiters can connect with the city’s social entrepreneurial momentum.
In the 20th Century, Detroit was an important center of culture, a thriving industrial hub, and a home for many who sought the American Dream. Today, Detroit is a community of entrepreneurial do-ers that remains proud of its heritage and craves new opportunities to shape its future.
Many individual Detroiters are blending entrepreneurship, creativity, and civic activism in imaginative ways: they’re starting organizations, leading community projects, repurposing businesses, launching creative technologies, forming new social networks and telling different stories.
But we see even more Detroiters who seek to engage and lead with this entrepreneurial movement - as partners, as supporters, as participants, and more. Knight Foundation supports transformative ideas that create easy opportunities for individuals and institutions to engage with the city’s growing social entrepreneurial community so as to not leave this budding movement’s success to chance.
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Detroit Community Advisory Committee
• Phillip Cooley (chair)
• Anne Parsons
• Darryl Redmond
• Margarita Barry
• Mary Kramer
• Mikel Ellcessor