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June 26, 2014
Kresge News

2014 Kresge Artist Fellows reflect Detroit’s vibrant artistic communities

Lewis, composer, performer, professor and vice-chair of the department of music at Columbia University Karen Sherman, choreographer, performer and scenic designer FILM/THEATER PANELISTS Kenneth Cosby, screenwriter, playwright, director, actor and artist in residence at Towne Street Theatre in Los Angeles Sue Marx, Academy Award-winning director and producer Shaun Nethercott, executive director and co-founder of Matrix Theatre Company Brian Rogers, director, video artist, co-founder and artistic director of The Chocolate Factory Theater in New York Shay Wafer, theatre director and executive director of New York-based 651 ARTS Administered by the College for Creative Studies, the Kresge Artist Fellowships represent one aspect of the Foundation’s investment in the artistic communities of metropolitan Detroit, providing support to individual artists living and working in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Since 2008, Kresge Arts in Detroit has awarded $3 million to metropolitan Detroit artists working in the following disciplines: dance/music, film/theatre, literary arts and visual arts. ...


April 3, 2014
Kresge News

Report shows rising student debt for college undercuts path to middle class

In response, tuition at public four-year universities rose 20 percent after 2008, following a 14 percent increase in the four years prior. Tuition at those four-year public universities now averages 15 percent of the median family income in 26 states. ...

Categories: Education

March 10, 2014
Kresge News

New Student Success Centers to boost community college efforts help students earn a credential

Department of Education statistics that in 2008 only 26 percent of first-time beginning community college students attained a degree within five years. ...

Categories: Education

January 9, 2014
Kresge News

Photographer Bill Rauhauser selected as 2014 Kresge Eminent Artist

He joins five other artists who have since 2008 received the award and $50,000 prize in recognition of professional achievements, contributions to the cultural community anddedication to Detroit and its residents. ...


July 31, 2013
Kresge News

Seattle museum’s commitment to the community: ‘We are all in’

But you’ll likely notice something missing in the $23 million, 60,000 square-foot facility that opened its doors in 2008. There’s no place to eat: no cafeteria, no restaurant, no snack nook. If you get hungry, you’ll have to patronize one of the many eateries in the surrounding Chinatown-International District. ...

Categories: Arts & Culture

June 26, 2013
Kresge News

2013 Kresge Artist Fellowships awarded to literary and visual artists in greater Detroit

Kresge Arts in Detroit is one facet of the foundation’s Detroit Program, a comprehensive framework that seeks to change the city’s trajectory to one of long-term economic opportunity that advances social equity, promotes cultural expression, and re-establishes the city as the center of a vibrant region. Since 2008, Kresge Arts in Detroit has awarded $2.5 million to metropolitan Detroit artists in the visual, literary and performing arts. ...


May 14, 2013
Kresge News

Kresge investments help colleges ready students for sustainable energy jobs

Its Education Program supports projects that give low-income, minority and first-generation college students’ access to education and a path to a good job, often by funding work that strengthens the schools that serve those students. Since 2008, Kresge’s Education Program has invested more than $8 million to support organizations and institutions like LA Trade Tech that, by focusing on sustainability and energy efficiency, create a cascade that improves lives through education. ...

Categories: Education

March 14, 2013
Kresge News

White paper makes case that farm workers are most vulnerable members of U.S. workforce

Annual average U.S. vegetable and melon production more than doubled from 10.9 million tons per year between 1986 and 1988 to 23.7 million tons per year during 2006 to 2008, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Statistics. Real wage rates for farm laborers, which had been flat for 20 years, have increased recently as a result of increases in minimum wage rates at the federal level and in several states. ...

Categories: Health

March 6, 2013
Kresge News

Art X Detroit showcases Kresge Eminent Artists and Artist Fellows

The foundation has provided $2 million to support more than 70 artists living and working in metropolitan Detroit since 2008. “A thriving arts and cultural community not only enriches the quality of life for residents and visitors to southeastern Michigan, but inspires fresh ideas and fuels the creative vitality of the region,” says Rip Rapson, Kresge’s president and CEO. ...


March 5, 2013
Kresge News

50-plus cities across U.S. work to boost college degrees, realize economic benefit and perhaps win $1M prize

The organization has helped more than 2,000 adult students complete degrees since 2008, and now it leads Philadelphia’s bid for the $1 million Talent Dividend Prize, a competition that aims to increase college attainment in U.S. cities by 1 percent over three years. ...

Categories: Education

January 29, 2013
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Kresge-supported report traces increased prevalence of pesticides, children’s health problems

The prevalence of autism among boys ages three to 17 years increased 261 percent and the prevalence among girls, while lower than boys, increased more than 385 percent between 1997 and 2008. More than 10,000 children are diagnosed with cancer annually. The incidence of leukemia and childhood brain tumors, the two most common childhood cancers, has increased 40 and 50 percent respectively since 1975. ...

Categories: Health

October 23, 2012
Kresge News

Venture philanthropy organization creates job opportunities for people facing barriers to work

When the fear of going to jail drove her out of the drug trade, she sold her possessions to pay the rent … until there was nothing left to sell. In 2008 she moved to Los Angeles, homeless and looking for a fresh start. That’s where Boynton found Chrysalis, an organization that helps homeless and low-income people become self-sufficient. ...

Categories: Human Services

July 25, 2012
Kresge News

American Council on Education helps colleges support a new generation of GI Bill students

More than 745,000 Iraq and Afghanistan-era combat veterans or their dependents have used the Post-9/11 GI Bill since its launch in 2008. An additional half-million have applied for benefits but have not yet started using them. ...

Categories: Education

May 30, 2012
Kresge News

Kresge supports KaBOOM! and Rails-to-Trails efforts to bring play, physical activity to nation’s cities

Kresge awarded a three-year, $975,000 grant in 2008 for the Urban Pathways Initiative, which included establishing the National Learning Network. ...

Categories: Health

May 18, 2012
Kresge News

Pair of publications recognize members of Kresge investment staff

Manilla spent 21 years at Chrysler before coming to Kresge in 2008. He earned his MBA at the University of Detroit Mercy and an undergraduate degree in finance from Oakland University. ...

Categories: The Kresge Foundation

April 17, 2012
Kresge News

South African higher-education institutions see private giving increase threefold

With Inyathelo’s guidance, Wits established a Division of Advancement and Partnerships in 2008. The division added staff and unified the efforts of alumni relations, development, marketing, communications, fundraising, public relations, events and partnerships – putting the full force of the university’s outreach departments behind the new deputy vice chancellor. ...


December 26, 2011
Kresge News

Non-profit group Second Nature helps colleges teach and observe sustainable building

When Tim Johnston took over as director of plant services at Northeast Texas Community College in 2008, his challenge was to bring the 25-year-old campus infrastructure into the 21 st century. “I was lucky in that I gave the board of trustees a five-year plan, and they decided they wanted me to do it,” says Johnston, who has since overhauled every energy-consuming system on campus with a more efficient, sustainable alternative. ...

Categories: Education

December 12, 2011
Kresge News

Kresge makes record $10 million loan commitment to community lenders working in underserved communities

A previous investment provides a blueprint: In 2008, Kresge made a $2.5 million loan and a grant to the Illinois Facility Fund, which then operated only in its home state. ...


December 1, 2011
Kresge News

Kresge partner tackles air pollution in low-income communities around Los Angeles

The Kresge Foundation has supported the project since 2008. “Our community of Wilmington suffers from multiple sources of pollution produced by heavy industry, railroads, diesel trucks, port operations, and oil refineries,” says Jesse N. ...

Categories: Health

August 26, 2011
Kresge News

Opera Company of Philadelphia and Hancock Shaker Village employ business principles and practices to survive and thrive

Both knew they had to change in order to survive, she adds. In 2008 Hancock Shaker Village recognized that it had fallen into the same rut as many organizations like it, with dwindling relevance to its surrounding community and a business model built on selling tickets to visitors. ...

Categories: Arts & Culture