EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was written by Kimberlee R. Cornett, director of Kresge’s Social Investment Practice, for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s online publication “The Edge.” David Osborne and Ted Gaebler’s 1993 book “Reinventing Government: How the Entrepreneurial Spirit Is Transforming the Public Sector” was acclaimed for lighting the way to a smarter, leaner government. One of the book’s key points is that governments should “stop rowing and start steering.”
Today South Africans and people from around the world remembered South Africa's first black president as a healer. The trustees and staff of The Kresge Foundation join with all those who feel the loss of this remarkable leader. As we reflect on Mandela's life, we are humbled by his accomplishments, particularly in the face of the personal sacrifice and hardships he endured.
'We hope for a swift and fair resolution,' Kresge CEO says in response to Detroit’s eligibility to file for bankruptcy
Foundation's Rip Rapson issues a statement following federal court ruling For the city of Detroit, the decision issued today by U.S. Judge Steven Rhodes that the city is eligible to pursue Chapter 9 bankruptcy is a watershed event. The judge weighed weeks of testimony, voluminous filings and the human consequences involved to reach the conclusions he shared this morning. As an institution, we respect the decision the judge has reached, and we put our trust in the reorganization process.
Kresge Foundation President Rip Rapson on Saturday presented the foundation’s 2013 Eminent Artist with a commemorative monograph celebrating his life and work.
Detroit-area artists working in dance, music, film and theater are invited to apply for $25,000 Kresge Artist Fellowships. Funded by The Kresge Foundation and administered by the College for Creative Studies, the unrestricted fellowships include professional practice opportunities for the selected fellows provided by ArtServe Michigan.
Since 2009, nearly 1 million veterans and their families have used the benefits of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. But ensuring that eligible veterans are college- and career-ready remains a challenge, and institutions face a new influx of students as more troops return from Iraq and Afghanistan. The American Council on Education has enhanced its online site for higher education institutions working to meet the needs of those veterans.
ArtPlace America is accepting applications for its 2014 innovation grants. In its fourth round of funding, ArtPlace America will continue to support creative placemaking in communities across the U.S.
At the fourth annual Municipal Arts Society Summit for New York City on Oct. 17-18, 100 individuals – leaders in community development, urban planning, design, infrastructure, preservation and cultural development – met for two days at Jazz at Lincoln Center to discuss the attributes of a globally competitive city.
More than half of employers would prefer a job candidate with a traditional degree from an average school to a candidate with an online degree from a top university. Meanwhile, most community college students agree that online courses require more discipline on the part of students than in-person classes, but the same students are split on whether online courses teach the same amount or less material than in-person classes.
A nationwide survey shows that “food hubs” are growing to meet the need for local food distribution infrastructure. Businesses or organizations that manage the aggregation, distribution and marketing of food products, food hubs provide a way for small and midsized growers to connect with restaurants, schools, grocery stores and other wholesale customers.
The Kresge Foundation is pleased to announce Cynthia L. Kresge, physician assistant and community leader, and Maria Otero, an economist and former undersecretary of state for the U.S. Department of State, have joined the 11-member board of trustees.
NCB Capital Impact and The Kresge Foundation announced the launch of the Woodward Corridor Investment Fund, developed to invest in transformative real estate projects that advance the physical redevelopment of Detroit’s Woodward Corridor. With the support of MetLife, Inc., PNC Bank, Prudential, Calvert Foundation, Living Cities and the Max M. & Marjorie S.
Study by Kresge Trustee Phillip Clay examines contemporary role of historically black colleges and universities, and the challenges they face
America’s traditionally black colleges and universities are facing extraordinary challenges and must change institutional practices if they are to thrive into the 21 st century, Phillip L. Clay, a member of The Kresge Foundation’s Board of Trustees, concludes in a study. Rising costs, fewer well-prepared applicants and competition from other schools are pressing the traditionally black institutions, Clay writes in “Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Facing the Future.”
New rating system helps communities mark progress in strengthening environment, economic and social systems
For cities concerned about sustainability, a new rating system is being rolled out to help guide the way to improved social, economic and environmental stability. Just as LEED became the accepted benchmark for energy-efficient buildings with low environmental impact, the STAR Community Rating System can be the yardstick for communities seeking to prepare for climate change, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and bolster their local economies.
Thousands of volunteers took part in Neighborhoods Day, annual event organized by ARISE Detroit!, a nonprofit organization. Now in its seventh year, the Aug. 3 event featured community-service programs benefiting young people, families and neighborhoods. Several hundred partners sponsored clean-up and renovation projects, music, games and special events to celebrate community life.
The Kresge Foundation’s Arts and Culture Program has opened a new grant opportunity for organizations integrating arts and culture into specific community revitalization work. Part of its creative placemaking strategy, the Arts and Culture Program team will accept and review inquiries in its Harvesting Leading Practices focus area for activities in specific thematic areas each year.
The Central Corridor Light Rail Transit line connecting downtown Minneapolis to downtown St. Paul promises to bring new economic life to the cores of the Twin Cities and the 10 miles between. With a price tag that rounds off to $1 billion, the light rail line – the biggest infrastructure investment in Minneapolis history – is slated to begin operation in 2014. And along the six miles of the route in St. Paul, arts advocates are fostering hundreds of smaller and important social and cultural connections through the Irrigate project.
AS220 in downtown Providence, R.I., hums with the activity of five galleries, a black-box theater, a dance studio, rehearsal spaces, dozens of artist studios, a print shop, a recording studio and more. And that’s not to mention commercial tenants, including an Irish pub, a Mexican cantina, a barbershop and a locksmith.
Visit the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle and you’ll be immersed in the experiences of Asian Pacific immigrants. The museum is nestled inside a building erected in 1910 as a rooming house and commercial-social hub for the growing immigrant community. You can see immigrants’ one-room apartments, their communal kitchen, their shops and altars to ancestors, as well as representations of more recent experiences that range from making inroads in the fashion industry to homelessness.
It was supposed to be “a kind of temporary, guerilla-style art project” in the words of arts insurgent-turned-administrator Rick Lowe. Swoop in, make a difference and disappear.