Arts & Culture

ARTS & CULTURE GOAL #1: Foster authentic artistic and cultural expression by diverse neighborhoods and communities, especially those that are historically disadvantaged.

Illustrative grants:  Ebony Road Players – Theatre arts education focused on children of color and work with local playwrights to create original, community-based work;DisArt – Festival of disability art practitioners; West Michigan Center for Arts & Technology – Elevate voices of urban teens to affect social change through the visual arts and technology; Grandville Avenue Art & Humanities – Provide youth opportunities to explore their creativity, celebrate their culture and the cultures of others and build community; Mosaic Film Experience  – Work with disadvantaged teens on training, festival and social media platform for videos shot on mobile devices.

ARTS & CULTURE GOAL #2: Assure affordable and welcoming access by lower-income and diverse individuals to a wide variety of artistic and cultural exhibits and performances through relevant programming and aggressive outreach.

Illustrative grants: Grand Rapids Children’s Museum – Reduced admission rates for economically-disadvantages children and families; Grand Rapids Symphony – Network of access points for people of all ages and walks of life to engage with orchestral music; Opera Grand Rapids – Collaborate with GR Public Schools to bring opera instruction to middle school students.

Stories about the Wege Foundation's Commitment to Arts & Culture