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CultureSource is a member association for non-profit arts and cultural organizations in Southeast Michigan serving Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, Livingston, Monroe and St. Clair counties. As a regional service organization, we do this work through hosting professional development workshops that grow creative and leadership capacities, presenting programs that provide space for exchanging ideas about arts and culture, and leading initiatives that bring together stakeholders interested in the public accessing creative expression.

Our MISSION is to advance the work of organizations that cultivate creative and cultural expression in Southeast Michigan.

Our VISION is of flourishing Southeast Michigan communities that visibly benefit from a diverse and thriving arts and culture sector, which itself receives indispensable support from CultureSource.

Our GUIDING PRINCIPLES are as follows:

  1. We are at our best when we work with partners and as connectors and instigators.
  2. A solid financial core is essential to our capacity to serve.
  3. We must embrace contemporary culture at its core and edges.
  4. Cultural organizations of all sizes can be valued as community anchors.
  5. We speak clearly, respectfully, and inclusively.
  6. We have a responsibility to elevate voices historically oppressed by privilege.
  7. We believe creativity is fundamental.
History

Founded in 2007 as the Cultural Alliance of Southeastern Michigan, on January 1, 2013, we became CultureSource, the source for arts and culture in Southeast Michigan. With its establishment, CultureSource filled a void that major organizations identified in the region based on shared needs for capacity building, advocacy and marketing resources, welcoming small and mid-size organizations into the conversation. Quickly, CultureSource grew from 32 member organizations to 72, now serving over 170 annually. In 2022 CultureSource acquired the national arts consulting nonprofit EmcArts, with the aim of incorporating their unique models of adaptive changemaking into our programmatic offering.

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Address: 2937 E. Grand Blvd., Suite 315, Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: (313) 831-1151
Email: [email protected]
Staff: Meet the Team

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CultureSource to administer Bloomberg Arts Internship program in Detroit
 

Bloomberg Philanthropies

May 21, 2024

Rest & recharge: Creative solutions to tackling nonprofit burnout
 

Model D

April 17, 2023

Omari Rush talks about board engagement and advancing equity
 

Arts Engine/Arts Journal

April 15, 2023

Performing arts nonprofits learned to fight for audiences years ago
 

Crain’s Detroit Business

March 29, 2023

Knight Foundation announces investment in the digital future of arts in Detroit
 

Knight Foundation

February 6, 2023

Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan announces $23M in new grants
 

Detroit Free Press

August 3, 2022

CultureSource moves into national arts group consulting with EmcArts acquisition
 

Crain’s Detroit Business

July 20, 2022

Omari Rush and Ruth Ellis Center honored at Community Foundation Annual Meeting
 

The Detroit News

June 28, 2022

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Wilson Foundation gift creates new narrative for nonprofits

 

Crain’s Detroit Business

December 12, 2021

New $100 million arts initiative creates partial safety net for local orgs

 

The Detroit News

December 2, 2021

Mackinac Policy Conference 2021: One Detroit interview with Omari Rush

 

One Detroit

September 22, 2021

More arts, culture groups requiring full vaccination, negative COVID test, masks

 

Crain’s Detroit Business

September 2, 2021

Omari Rush on coming out of a pandemic into the digital age

 

Crain’s Detroit Business

July 18, 2021

Accent Pontiac awarded $55,000 grant to support music education for children

 

The Oakland Press

January 29, 2021

Innovative new CultureSource partnership builds resilience through arts

 

Rocket Community Fund

January 14, 2021

The Art of Collaboration

 

Natural Collisions

January 8, 2021

CultureSource secures $100,000 in out-of-state grants to support local artists

 

Crain’s Detroit Business

November 12, 2020

Capacity limitations strain arts, culture organizations even as patrons come back

 

Crain’s Detroit Business

August 30, 2020

Survey: First look at comfort levels for arts and culture consumers in southeast Michigan

 

Detroit Free Press

June 21, 2020

Southeast Michigan arts groups get $500,000 injection from relief fund

 

Detroit Free Press

June 4, 2020

Relief and Resiliency Grants from the COVID-19 Arts and Creative Community Assistance Fund Distributed

 

CFSEM

June 3, 2020

Art And Cultural Connections Can Bring Light To Our Current Troubling Situations

 

WEMU

May 28, 2020

Weekly teleconference is lifeline for Michigan’s struggling arts nonprofits

 

The Detroit News

May 18, 2020

While foundations fund the frontlines of coronavirus response, Detroit arts nonprofits are left hanging

 

Detour Detroiter

May 7, 2020

CultureSource Promotes Art and Culture Across Southeast Michigan

 

Detroit Is It

May 6, 2020

Helping artists and arts organizations survive

 

OneDetroit/Detroit Public TV

April 27, 2020

$1 million fund to support region’s arts and culture groups to launch Friday

 

Crain’s Detroit Business

April 16, 2020

Detroit’s arts and culture groups find unity, shared mission amid pandemic

 

Detroit Free Press

April 6, 2020

Call Me Anytime…No, Really, We’re All Answering the Phone Again

 

Wall Street Journal

March 26, 2020

Meet the CultureMakers, the young leaders working to define culture in Washtenaw County

 

Concentrate

March 11, 2020

Omari Rush, Executive Director, CultureSource

 

BLAC Detroit Magazine

March 4, 2020

Detroit arts in the national spotlight as acting NEA chair visits the city

 

Detroit Free Press

June 20, 2019

CultureSource partnering with Mural Arts Philadelphia to bring expertise to Detroit

 

Detroit Free Press

April 26, 2018

Omari Rush named executive director of CultureSource

 

DBusiness

August 29, 2017

CultureSource board chair: Federal funding crucial for the arts

 

Detroit Free Press

June 11, 2017

Pamela Iacobelli named CultureSource president/CEO

 

PR Newswire

September 1, 2015

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