To include Knight-community libraries in the creation of a national digital library network
To help build appreciation of and participation in classical music in black and Latino communities through two music training programs for 1,200 Detroit-area youths and an annual music competition
Providing a set of tools that communities can use to collect data on paper or via a smartphone app, then export or visualize the data via an easy-to-use dashboard. The city of Detroit has used the tools, created by Code for America fellows, to track urban blight.
Knight Foundation promotes an informed and engaged Detroit by fostering an environment where all Detroiters can connect with the city’s social entrepreneurial momentum.
In the 20th Century, Detroit was an important center of culture, a thriving industrial hub, and a home for many who sought the American Dream. Today, Detroit is a community of entrepreneurial do-ers that remains proud of its heritage and craves new opportunities to shape its future.
Many individual Detroiters are blending entrepreneurship, creativity, and civic activism in imaginative ways: they’re starting organizations, leading community projects, repurposing businesses, launching creative technologies, forming new social networks and telling different stories.
But we see even more Detroiters who seek to engage and lead with this entrepreneurial movement - as partners, as supporters, as participants, and more. Knight Foundation supports transformative ideas that create easy opportunities for individuals and institutions to engage with the city’s growing social entrepreneurial community so as to not leave this budding movement’s success to chance.
What does an informed and engaged Detroit look like to you? email us and send your thoughts to Knight!
To help sustain healthy communities in a democracy, we aim to increase the ability of individuals to engage in change.
Trabian Shorters on our strategy
Detroit Community Advisory Committee
• Phillip Cooley (chair)
• Anne Parsons
• Darryl and Georgan Redmond
• Margarita Barry
• Mary Kramer
• Mikel Ellcessor