To feature artists who show exceptional promise in the field and who are interested in democratic and collaborative practices in their art-making through the emerging artist exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD)
To support Plowshares Theatre Company in carrying out its artistic mission of developing new works in African-American theater for a culturally and socially diverse audience
To break down barriers of access to the performing arts and touch the lives of residents with Random Acts of Culture (RAC), a series of unexpected, spontaneous cultural performances in non-traditional settings
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 catalyze support for the creation of an urban youth squash and education program in Detroit
To supplement an existing donor-advised fund
To create a digital platform for engaging the seven-county region in development and use of greenways and green spaces they share
To create a multi-media youth news service focused on news in neighborhoods and schools in partnership with the Skillman Foundation: Our Life in the D.
To enable the Detroit Connected Community Initiative to provide high-speed Internet access in two large, low-income Detroit neighborhoods, utilizing WiMAX and Wi-Fi technology
To spur citizen engagement in support of 400 classroom projects in high-need Detroit schools and through the distribution of GivingCards to key members of Knight's organizational network
For the Detroit Symphony Orchestra performance at Independent Sector Conference, November 4, 2009
To provide a new anchor institution in the northern-most end of Detroit's proposed "Creative Corridor"