“Calling Detroit the new Berlin for its thriving arts scene, Alberto Ibargüen, president, CEO and trustee of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, announced Wednesday that the nonprofit will invest $20 million in arts organizations in the city through 2023,” writes Kristen Jordan Shamus in Wednesday’s (10/31) Detroit Free Press. “The money will be split among several organizations, including: $2.5 million each to the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall [and] $1.5 million to the Sphinx Organization….. In addition, the foundation announced it will spend $6 million over five years on the Knight Arts Challenge, which will continue biannually in 2019, 2021 and 2023, and $2.825 million more will be awarded to other yet-to-be-named organizations and projects…. Katy Locker, the Knight Foundation’s Detroit director, said the foundation awarded … the DIA, the DSO, Sphinx, Michigan Opera Theatre and Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit programming innovation grants … to connect with new audiences…. For the DSO, that could mean … live ‘wall-casting’ of performances on the outside of the building.”

Posted November 1, 2018

In photo: Detroit’s Orchestra Hall at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, home to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.