Detroit Symphony shares in $20 million bonanza

The Knight Foundation has given $20 million to arts groups in Detroit to help make the city ‘the new Berlin’ (don’t blames us, that’s what it says in the blurb).

The Detroit Symphony will divvy up $8 million of the overall grant with Detroit Institute of Arts, Sphinx Organization, Michigan Opera Theatre and Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit for investment in new programs.

Happy days are here again.


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  • That won’t go that far, but it’s good news. I’m glad the foundation has been listening to my criticism of their funding arcane concept grants instead of directly funding programming and infrastructure repairs.

  • The Knight foundation appears to have given a lot of money to arts organizations in Detroit over the past few years. Since it is Miami-based, what is the connection to Detroit?

  • Another “new Berlin”?
    The candidates until now (Leipzig, Budapest) are more likely than anywhere in the U.S. and A.

  • Glad to hear that Berlin is the standard against which a world class arts metropolis is measured. Vienna will be delighted ūüėČ

  • It’s not surprising to those of us who live here. Like Berlin once was, Detroit is a Phoenix very much rising from the ashes with a surprisingly vital arts community and tremendous potential. The local classical scene is especially rich and the Detroit Symphony has been first rate for a very long time and very much a major part of the city’s cultural rebirth. It’s hard to appreciate if you haven’t spent time here but many visiting musicians and artists come away duly impressed.

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