Beyond our time-based events and programs, CultureSource offers services to the field and special initiatives throughout the year that help advance creative and cultural expression in Southeast Michigan.

Philanthropic Advisory Services

CultureSource leverages its unique position in the arts and culture ecosystem to support people engaged in professional philanthropy. For instance, we offer our support as grantmakers or grant administrators to the following projects:

Detroit Arts Support: three-year general operating funding for tri-county arts and culture nonprofits (Kresge, Erb, Hudson-Webber, and DeRoy Testamentary foundations)

Creators of Culture: $3,000 grants to small-scale, informal, and/or artist-led creative activities (Kresge and Erb foundation)

In Our Neighborhood: neighborhood-focused arts grants that for projects that can articulate an economic impact and exists outside of the dominant narrative of arts and culture in Washtenaw County (Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation)

MCACA Minigrants: small project funding for arts activities and for professional development (State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs)

Leadership Roundtables

CultureSource regularly convenes and helps develop leaders throughout the Southeast Michigan region, in service of them being better nonprofit leaders, more creative, or tightly networked and collegial.

CEO Roundtables: A foundational activity of CultureSource—since our incorporation—has been to convene our members’ CEOs regularly for roundtable discussion in varying configurations to build sector collegiality, collaboration, and resiliency.

CFOShare: CultureSource joins the financial and human resources strategy firm Apparatus Solutions Inc and the CPA firm UHY LLP in presenting CFOShare: professional development and networking convenings of nonprofit executives in finance and operations roles.

EmcArts: Arts Leaders as Cultural Innovators: A 12-month leadership development program on adaptive leadership for 13 Southeast Michigan first-time cultural sector CEOs/executive directors. The program is led by EmcArts and is sponsored by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, with additional support from the Knight Foundation Fund.

CultureMakers: Launching with the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, CultureMakers is a program for young leaders, predominantly of color, that aims to explore contemporary practices in the arts and shift dominant narratives about culture.

Fiscal Sponsorships

CultureSource is helping ensure the long-term success of two charitable projects through fiscal partnerships. One is a documentary film about Detroit’s municipal bankruptcy, produced by History Making Productions. The other is Detroit’s 26-year-running arts festival, the Concert of Colors, which showcases the cultural diversity of our region.

Art In Public Spaces

In order to support the viability of arts activity in Southeast Michigan, CultureSource promotes the presence of art in public spaces as a means of integrating the arts into people’s daily lives and building capacity in the arts and culture sector to engage audiences wherever they are.

CulturePop: An ongoing program featuring pop-up artistic activations of downtown Detroit by regional cultural organization, in partnership with Quicken Loans Community Fund.

Mural Arts Institute: In partnership with the Live6 Alliance (a community development agency in Northwest Detroit), CultureSource was selected as the Detroit partner for the new Mural Arts Institute, a national initiative of the country’s largest public art program, Mural Arts Philadelphia, whose work is widely recognized for redefining possibilities of public art’s impact.

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