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Fisher Arts Education Minigrants

Recommend a Teacher for Funding

Are you connected to an educator in Wayne County who works with pre-K through 3rd grade students? Are they a champion for the arts in their classroom? If the resounding answer is yes, then recommend them for a Fisher Arts Education Minigrant.

CultureSource expects to make 6-10 minigrants in 2023 from a total funding amount of $9000.

Minigrants of $500-$1,500 will be made to schools for teachers to use for the following:

  • Arts equipment and supplies for purchasing new music stands, repairing instruments, buying more drying racks, paintbrushes, a couple of clarinets, and more.
  • Field trips to help support bus and transportation costs of field trips to places of artistic and/or cultural significance in the region, such as a tour of the Ford Piquette Plant, visit to the Arab American National Museum, or school day performance at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
  • A combination of both!


To be eligible for a Fisher Arts Education Minigrant, the following criteria must be met:

  • The recommended teacher must work for an accredited school, geographically located in Wayne County. This program is open to accredited pre-K—12 institutions, public or non-public schools, private schools, homeschools, school districts, intermediate school district/regional educational service agencies or accredited Head Start program.
  • The recommended teacher must work with pre-K through 3rd grade students.
  • The recommended teacher must use arts education practices in their classroom; eligible teachers include music teachers, visual arts teachers, school librarians, educators who would like to take a culturally-focused field trip, and more.
  • Preference will be given to teachers who are recommended by a CultureSource Member Organization. To see if your organization is a member of CultureSource, please visit our Membership Directory.

Recommend a Teacher

The deadline to recommend a teacher has passed. This minigrant program will reopen in 2024.


Recommend a teacher using the form below by Monday, August 28, 2023. Make sure that they fit the eligibility criteria listed above.

Eligible teachers will receive a call from CultureSource staff notifying them of their recommendation for a minigrant. CultureSource staff will ask a few questions to learn more about their work and their needs for arts equipment and supplies and/or field trips. This call will take place in lieu of a formal grant application for the recommended teachers.

Following this conversation and confirming their work is eligible for funding, CultureSource will make minigrant payments via check to the teacher’s school to support their arts equipment and supplies investments and/or field trip plans.

Recipients of the Fisher Arts Education Minigrants are invited to share the impacts of the funding with CultureSource staff via email or phone. No formal reporting is required.

Previous Grantees


Erin Brott-Holtzman, Detroit Achievement Academy (Detroit)
Recommended by Lejla Bajgoric, Detroit Justice Center

Amanda Coffee, Spain Elementary (Detroit)
Recommended by Arts & Scraps*

Ayanna Coleman, David Ellis Academy West (Redford)
Recommended by Jainelle Robinson, ArtOps*

Sunshine Durant, Miller Elementary (Dearborn)
Recommended by Carl George, CMG Designs

Andrea Shroeder, New Morning School (Plymouth)
Recommended by Lisa Alberts

Kristen VanAndel, Charlotte Mason Community School (Detroit)
Recommended by Yvette Rock, Live Coal*

*Asterisk indicates the recommender belongs to a CultureSource member organization.

Read the full announcement.


Alrita Williams, Barack Obama Leadership Academy (Detroit)
Recommended by Heritage Works

Angel Ingram, University Prep (Detroit)
Recommended by Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Erin Brott-Holtzman, Detroit Achievement Academy (Detroit)
Recommended by College for Creative Studies

LaDawn Peterson, Gompers Elementary-Middle (Detroit)
Recommended by InsideOut Literary Arts

Laura Brown, McCollough Elementary School (Dearborn)

Sean Davidson, Botsford Elementary (Livonia)

Tamara Johnson, Hutchinson Elementary-Middle at Howe (Detroit)
Recommended by Detroit Creativity Project

Zaire Daniels, Detroit Merit Charter Academy (Detroit)

Read the full announcement.

More Information

This program is inspired by the Michigan Arts and Culture Council’s Arts Equipment/Supplies grant and Bus Grant programs. These programs offer two rounds of funding annually. Learn more.

Questions? Contact us at [email protected]

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