Living Arts receives $150,000 multi-year grant from the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation

Funds will build capacity to deliver critical arts education experiences to Detroit youth.

Living Arts, a Detroit nonprofit bringing high-quality and year-round arts education to the city’s youth, is proud to announce it has received a $150,000 grant from the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation. The funds will be used over the next five years to develop organizational capacities to support a program portfolio that has increased significantly since 2008 and exponentially since 2013. Grant activities will ensure that Living Arts is able to continue its commitment to providing transformative experiences in the arts to nearly 3,000 Detroit area youth, families, and educators annually.

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The Fisher Foundation is proud to be strengthening and empowering children and families in need by supporting the organizational capacity of Detroit-area social impact groups.

“This partnership is part of a broader capacity-building initiative the Foundation is committed to for the next five years,” said Brianna Suarez, Program Associate at the Fisher Foundation. “It is a privilege to collaborate with organizations, such as Living  Arts, that are committed to creating positive and meaningful impact in the communities they serve.”

“This major grant from the Fisher Foundation is giving Living Arts the means to boost critical organizational capacities so that we can sustain the quality and scale of services we have developed in recent years,” said Alissa Novoselick, Living Arts’ executive director. "This award will help us continue our work to rectify the fact that nearly one-half of Detroit youth do not have access to arts education.”

About Living Arts:

 Founded in 1999, Living Arts is a nonprofit organization that engages Detroit youth, teachers and families in transformative experiences in the performing, visual, literary and media arts. Implementing arts education programs for nearly 3,000 early learners, elementary and secondary students annually, we increase youth’s academic achievement, develop their leadership and artistic skills, and strengthen our schools and communities. Living Arts’ Detroit Wolf Trap program is an affiliate of the national Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts. Our Out-of-School Arts program brings year-round youth arts classes and community programs to the Ford Resource and Engagement Center at the Mexicantown Mercado.

Living Arts receives support from the Ford Motor Company Fund, Corporation for National and Community Service's Social Innovation Fund and United Way of Southeastern Michigan, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Skillman Foundation, Dresner Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, Erb Family Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Humanities Council, Detroit Public Schools Foundation, Detroit Public Schools Foundation, and PNC Foundation.

About the Fisher Foundation:

 The Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation’s core philosophy is grounded  in  the beliefs of our founders and the family’s shared Jewish values that life’s purpose is found in service to others. The mission of the Foundation is to enrich humanity by strengthening and empowering children and families in need. In the Jewish tradition of tzedakah, the Foundation works to repair the world (tikkun olam) alongside those who share our mission.


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