11/17/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/17/2021 09:32
Seven organizations will use funding to create opportunities for Michiganders to experience the voices of communities statewide
DETROIT, NOV. 17, 2021 - The DTE Energy Foundation today announced it has awarded grants to Michigan-based 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," said Lynette Dowler, president, 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.
"Through the support of the DTE Foundation, the Grand Rapids Public Museum is continuing after school STEAM programming, designed to provide young learners with advanced knowledge and skills in science and engineering practices through hands-on activities and experiments, exposing students to potential career opportunities in STEAM fields," said Dr. Stephanie Ogren, Vice President of Science & Education at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. "In these after-school programs, students experience science in a hands-on way, led by local professionals. We are extremely thankful to the DTE Foundation for the role they are playing within the community."
"We're so thrilled that DTE Energy Foundation has awarded UMS with one of its Arts and Culture grants," said UMS Vice President for Education and Community Engagement Cayenne Harris. "On November 29, for the first time in nearly two years, we'll be welcoming K-12 classrooms back to Hill Auditorium for a live performance by Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, with additional School Day Performances scheduled throughout the season. These events, which come with a preparatory learning guide and additional classroom opportunities, are a terrific way to introduce many students to the arts for the first time, as well as to inspire them to use the arts as a vehicle for discussions around race, history, health and well-being, and more. We're also delighted that this program supports our annual selection of the DTE Educator of the Year, which honors the integration of arts in classroom learning at the K-12 level."
The following grant recipients will use the DTE Foundation's support to drive knowledge, broaden perspectives and encourage thought and action in diverse communities across Michigan.
About the DTE Foundation
The DTE Foundation is the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy, continuing the legacy of community support and involvement of its electric and natural gas utilities, which serve 2.3 million electric customers in Southeast Michigan and 1.3 million natural gas customers in Michigan. In 2020, the DTE Energy Foundation provided more than $16 million in grant support and approximately $21 million in COVID relief to nonprofits where the company has a business presence. As one of Michigan's leading corporate citizens, DTE Energy is a force for growth and prosperity in communities across Michigan in a variety of ways, including philanthropy, volunteerism and economic progress. Visit DTEFoundation.com to learn more.
For further information, members of the media may contact:
Aimee Ridella, DTE Energy, 313.235.4347