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DTE Energy Foundation Awards $1.25M to The Wright and Other Cultural Institutions

The DTE Energy Foundation in Detroit announced Wednesday it has awarded grants to seven Michigan organizations focused on arts and culture and enriching diverse communities across the state.

Grant recipients include the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Public Museum Foundation, Historical Society of Michigan, Michigan Thanksgiving Parade Foundation, and University Musical Society (UMS).

Organizations will use this support to encourage cultural understanding, offer special experiences to youth, and honor unique qualities and perspectives of their regions.

“Arts and culture bring people together by fostering understanding and celebrating the diversity in all of our unique backgrounds,” says Lynette Dowler, president of the DTE Foundation. “We care deeply about the communities we serve throughout Michigan — and about the unique cultures and traditions within them. Our partners will use these grants to teach, inspire, and expand students and spectator’s views alike on how through a deeper appreciation of the arts, we deepen our respect for one another.”

The DTE Foundation’s goal is to encourage diverse communities by addressing racial equity and justice through arts education, public engagement work, and cultural institutions. As one of the state’s largest foundations committed to Michigan-focused giving, it supports initiatives focused on arts and culture, community transformation, economic progress, education and employment, environment, and human needs.

The awards were distributed as follows:

  • Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History – $300,000
  • Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) – $100,000
  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) – $300,000
  • Grand Rapids Public Museum Foundation – $100,000
  • Historical Society of Michigan (HSM) – $75,000
  • Michigan Thanksgiving Parade Foundation – $330,000
  • University Musical Society (UMS) – $50,000