To establish Cranbrook as a new cultural and education partner in Detroit's Creative Corridor while developing a long-term, integrated partnership with the Arts League of Michigan
To support the second Creative Cities Summit hosted in the city of Detroit, October 12 - 15, 2008; an international Summit that aspires to attract attendees that rethink and redesign cities to compete in a global economy
To engage residents with the Crowdsource Symphony Initiative - a symphonic portrait of Detroit composed by Tod Machover, produced through contributions and collaborations with the citizens of Detroit, and performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra
To explore cultural understanding through the arts by having nationally known choreographers engage communities in creating new works that explore cultural identities and expression
To support public engagement with masterpieces from Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) through the installation of high-quality reproductions in communities throughout metropolitan Detroit
To support a study of the DIA’s Inside|Out project that will result in a playbook style replication guide for other Knight resident communities.
To create a video series profiling established and emerging artists that will explore the creative processes that drives Detroit's musicians
To support DLECTRICITY, a free nighttime contemporary art festival featuring site-specific installations of light, 3-D video mapping, sound and performance in Midtown Detroit's Woodward Corridor
To bring Detroiters together by expanding the light-based outdoor art festival DLECTRICITY to include a permanent installation on Woodward Avenue, among other things
To enhance an educational center for African culture by creating and renovating an exhibition and programming space for the African Bead Museum
To implement a series of intensive consultations with ten arts organizations in Miami and another ten in Detroit, as part two of the DeVos Institute's work in these communities.
To help launch the signature Design Detroit Initiative by providing a planning grant to the key coordinating group