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Supporting investments in technology for CultureSource member organizations

Imagine the future of arts and culture work shaped by our present context. How might the current online work of arts and culture organizations continue online? How can we best prepare for and thrive in tomorrow’s blended in-person and online artistic environments?

The Digital Access for the Arts Program, an programmatic initiative in partnership with the Gilbert Family Foundation, features research, convenings, and funding to support arts organizations in Southeast Michigan in embracing the online and digital futures of creative work.

The 2021 funding cycle issued 20 grants to CultureSource member organizations to fund their digital evolution, and transform their work in preparation for a sustainable future.

Check out our digital resource collection below to learn more about the program and gather inspiration for your own organization’s digital transformation strategy.

2021 Grantees

Twenty (20) grants of $5,000 were awarded to CultureSource member organizations to support sustainable technology investments that enhance digital work. Members used their grants to fund the purchase of new equipment, explore digital content delivery, and support their organization’s evolving digital capacity needs.

  • Black and Brown Theatre
  • Mexicantown Community Development Corporation, Inc.
  • Shua Group Arts
  • Plowshares Theatre Company
  • Poetic Societies
  • The Arts League of Michigan (the Carr Center)
  • We Are Culture Creators
  • TeMaTe Institute for Black Dance and Culture
  • Chamber Music Society of Detroit
  • FAR Conservatory of Therapeutic and Performing Arts
  • Y Arts (YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit)
  • Motor City Street Dance Academy
  • Paint A Miracle
  • Sphinx Organization
  • Sidewalk Detroit
  • Garage Cultural
  • Oakland County Pioneer and Historical Society
  • PuppetART
  • Detroit Sound Conservancy
  • The Scarab Club

As you consider building your organization’s digital infrastructure, upgrading equipment, or infusing digital accessibility into a program, our Technologist-in-Residence Jon Riley is your ally. Rather than offering transactional tech support—you forget a password, cannot connect to a printer, or need to install security software—our technologist-in-residence will help you imagine possibilities, explore resources, and plan next steps. Members can sign up for 30-min. or 1-hour consultations.

Learning Experiences

Our seven-part workshop series is designed to help people working at arts and culture organizations question, challenge, and expand their knowledge on current trends in the online cultural space. Intended to be supportive and empowering, all workshops will be followed by 30-minute hack sessions, where participants will learn skills to enhance their work in the digital landscape.

Iteration #1

From February through May 2021, Technologist-in-Residence Jon Riley met with DAAP participants and CultureSource members to provide individualized support in strategizing organization’s digital work. The purpose of this service wasn’t to learn how to set up an online gallery, but instead explore why one wants to set up an online gallery.


To assess the needs of CultureSource members, we commissioned 8 Bridges Workshop to discover how organizations use technology in their work today and possibly the future. This research provides insight into how organizations used digital tools to adapt their work for virtual presentation, and makes recommendations as to how arts organizations can build their digital capacity.

In Partnership With

About Gilbert Family Foundation
Founded by Dan and Jennifer Gilbert, the GFF works to build opportunity and equity for Detroit residents who have faced systemic barriers to economic and social mobility. This mission is rooted in the family’s love and long-time passion for their hometown. The Foundation’s $350 million, 10-year commitment supports investment in the Detroit community and funds research to find a cure for neurofibromatosis.

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