This is the online home for CultureSource. We are a professional association comprised of 115+ organizations serving the region as nonprofit enterprises for the arts and culture.
We work to advance the missions and works of each of our members by helping them connect with new people and audiences, with each other, and with new opportunities.
I want to share a wonderful story about how art responds to community needs, builds bridges, and develops the talent of young people – all at the same time. Last month I went to Springwells Village in Southwest Detroit to tour a murals project by UNI (Urban Neighborhood Initiatives http://unidetroit.org/) and met with two local student muralists Phillip Patrick and Juan Hernandez. UNI has generated more than 100 murals, designed by students and painted on garages facing alleys, walls in neighborhood parks, and street-facing walls next to businesses like hairdressers and bike shops. Neighborhood residents commissioned the murals, and the students were trained by College for Creative Studies artists and paid through City Connect with local foundation dollars. Drive on any street – just go north from the Springwells exit of I-75 – and you will see these brightly colored, vibrant murals.