The Kresge Foundation and LISC have a longstanding and significant partnership. We are grateful for Kresge’s work to expand opportunities in America’s cities through its grantmaking and social investing.
In addition to generous contributions that advanced LISC’s programming into its hometown of metropolitan Detroit, Kresge’s Arts & Culture Program was instrumental in the launch of our national creative placemaking initiative to scale our comprehensive community development approach and fund the Healthy Futures Fund.
Our partnership continues with a recent $1.1 million grant representing Kresge’s renewed commitment to LISC’s national creative placemaking program. Over the next two years, our creative development activity will be integrated within our economic inclusion agenda, with a focus on connecting arts organizations to LISC’s Financial Opportunity Centers (FOC) and Bridges to Career Opportunities (Bridges) programs.
A select group of organizations will be connected with the robust tools and resources in our FOC network that today includes over 95 community-based organizations. The national LISC creative placemaking and financial opportunities teams will collaborate to identify and support organizations in this space. Together they will issue a national RFP, select groups that could expand their impact with focused technical support, convene training‐engaged arts and cultural organizations as a cohort of learning, and provide technical assistance.
“We have been working in partnership with LISC for 8 years to support their efforts to embed creativity into their operations and programs to strengthen the communities they serve. We’re pleased to continue this partnership to advance creative approaches that empower residents to drive change and restore wellness in their neighborhoods,” said Regina Smith, Managing Director of Kresge’s Arts & Culture Program.
Our creative placemaking activities and aspirations align with our core philosophy, and with Kresge’s Arts & Culture Program’s goal to position culture and creativity as drivers of more just communities. We are grateful for the Foundation’s continued support at both the local and national levels, including the leadership of Rip Rapson, President and CEO of The Kresge Foundation, on our national board; Benjamin S. Kennedy, Vice President of Kresge’s Place-Based Practice, on LISC Detroit’s Local Advisory Committee; and Regina Smith, Managing Director of Kresge’s Arts & Culture Program.
The Kresge Foundation’s programs seek to expand opportunities for low-income residents so they can lead self-determined, healthy lives and contribute to the decision-making processes that affect their neighborhoods and personal wellbeing.