Major HUD grant galvanizes Detroit’s efforts to make homes safer and healthier for children and families
DETROIT – On April 20 CLEARCorps/Detroit, on behalf of its 23 public, private, and nonprofit partners, accepted a check for nearly $1 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) aimed at eliminating health and safety hazards, including lead and asthma triggers, from Detroit homes to make them safer for children and families.
Residents around transportation hubs face increased health and environmental risks as ports and related facilities grow
TROY, Mich. – A special report funded by The Kresge Foundation presents strong evidence that the rapid expansion of the global trade and freight-transportation system is causing negative health, environmental, workplace, and community impacts, which disproportionately affect low-income residents living near ports, railroads, freeways, and distribution centers.
TROY, Mich. – A wide-ranging group of experts has published a set of 40 key environmental questions to help align scientific research agendas with the needs of natural resource decision makers. The cover story of the April issue of BioScience reports on the results of the work funded with a grant from The Kresge Foundation.
DETROIT – Rip Rapson, president of The Kresge Foundation, and Rocco Landesman, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (pictured here), discussed the "State of the Arts" at an event held on the campus of Wayne State University Sunday. Part of "Art X Detroit: Kresge Arts Experience," the public discussion took place in the Hilberry Theatre.
DETROIT – In an appearance in Detroit this week, Rocco Landesman, chairman for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) discussed the "State of the Arts" and talked about the homogenization of culture and the richness of place-based art.
DETROIT – Rip Rapson, the president of The Kresge Foundation, delivered the keynote address at the annual meeting of the Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities today in Detroit. The address examined the changing environment for smart growth and the way those changes affect philanthropy. Speaking to a group of more than 250 people, Rapson went on to discuss efforts by the public and business sectors, citizens, and philanthropy to re-imagine Detroit.
DETROIT – The schedule for Art X Detroit series is now available online at www.artxdetroit.com. A five-day series of free art exhibitions, music and dance performances, literary readings and panel discussions, Art X opens a window on the depth and diversity of artists, musicians and writers working in Metropolitan Detroit. The Kresge Foundation sponsors this event.
Low-income, park-poor communities in California’s North Orange County stand to benefit from increased access to green space, says a recent policy report
TROY, Mich. – More-equitable investments of public and private resources are needed to improve access to parks‚ recreational facilities‚ and other green space for low-income‚ minority communities in south Orange County, California, says a recent policy report by The City Project. Increased exercise, sports participation, and outdoor recreation in safe, natural areas can improve health and overall quality of life for residents, the report's findings show.
TROY, Mich. – Three organizations supported by The Kresge Foundation have won funding through the White House's Social Innovation Fund and New Profit Inc. for programs that help low-income young people get to college and stay to graduate.
Exposure to high levels of toxic air pollution puts Los Angeles’ poor neighborhoods at risk, says new report
TROY, Mich. – Residents of low-income communities in Los Angeles face elevated health risks from disproportionately high and prolonged exposure to cumulative concentrations of toxic air pollution emitted by sources "hidden" from the official view of regulatory agencies, says a new policy brief by the Los Angeles Collaborative for Environmental Health and Justice. Multiple exposures to toxins and particulate matter in air pollution have been linked to high rates of asthma, respiratory disease, and cancer risk.
TROY, Mich. – Due to severe snow in Southeast Michigan, The Kresge Foundation will not be open for business on Monday, Feb. 21. The offices will reopen Tuesday, Feb. 22, weather permitting. Phone messages and e-mails received today will be responded to on the next working day in the order in which they were received. Thank you.
$6 million awarded to safety-net enhancement initiative grant recipients for part-two demonstration projects
TROY, Mich.-- The Kresge Foundation approved in December 2010 funding for the implementation phase of its four-year, two-part Safety-net Enhancement Initiative with grant awards totaling $6 million to eight public-health agencies and community nonprofit organizations. The grantees will be developing demonstration projects to integrate community health and prevention with primary care for vulnerable populations.
Institute for Alternative Futures solicits cases from community health centers that leverage the social determinants of health
TROY, Mich. – The Institute for Alternative Futures is soliciting cases from community health centers that demonstrate how they are leveraging the social determinants of health to improve individual and population health in their communities, says David D. Fukuzawa, director of The Kresge Foundation's Health Program.
TROY, Mich. – The Kresge Foundation will sponsor Art X Detroit, a free, five-day series of exhibitions, presentations, readings, discussions, concerts and dance performances for the Detroit community. Art X will showcase newly commissioned works from the 36 winners of Kresge Artist Fellowships and its two Eminent Artists, renowned visual artist Charles McGee and iconic jazz musician Marcus Belgrave.
TROY, Mich. – The Kresge Foundation announced it is reviewing the way it supports facility-capital requests within its Health Program. Until further notice, a moratorium has been imposed on all current requests made through its Safety-net Facility Improvement Fund.
TROY, Mich. – Renowned literary artist and educator Bill Harris – whose poetry, prose, and playwriting have won him acclaim from Detroit to New York City – has been named the 2011 Kresge Eminent Artist by The Kresge Foundation.
TROY, Mich. – The Kresge Foundation is webcasting an online, pre-proposal information session to assist organizations interested in applying for the Arts and Culture Program's Facility Investments and Building Reserves Initiative. Please mark your calendars for Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. This grant opportunity is part of the program's Institutional Capitalization focus area, which is designed to strengthen the long-term financial health of arts and cultural organizations.
TROY, Mich. – The Kresge Foundation announced today that it has begun an assessment of its Human Services Program that will continue through September 2011. During the review period, the foundation plans to make grants to human services organizations on an invitation-only basis. "In 2008, with the onset of the economic downturn, the Human Services team became Kresge's first responder and rapidly targeted grants to organizations providing food, shelter, and basic emergency services," says Rip Rapson, president of the foundation.
TROY, Mich. – The Kresge Foundation has made available on its website electronic copies of commemorative monographs celebrating the life and times of two distinguished Kresge Eminent Artist Award recipients: visual artist Charles McGee and trumpet player Marcus Belgrave.
Physical activity for children must become national priority, says report from the Convergence Partnership
TROY, Mich. – The Convergence Partnership has released a comprehensive policy report elevating the importance of physical activity in childhood and youth development and calling upon diverse stakeholders to create environments that encourage and support active living among young people and their families.