May 15, 2019

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CulturePop activates public spaces throughout downtown Detroit with random, surprising, and experiential arts pop-ups, imbuing the city with creativity and ensuring that the arts are part of people's everyday lives. 

The Summer 2018 pilot program included 14 CulturePop activations at lunch, after work, and over weekends at six outdoor public spaces (Campus Martius Park, Spirit Plaza, Cadillac Square, Capitol Park, Woodward Avenue Esplanade, and Grand Circus Park), and two nontraditional art spaces (parking garage elevators and storefront windows along Woodward Avenue). Featured presenters included: Akropolis Reed Quintet, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Focus: HOPE, Girls Rock Detroit, Heritage Works, InsideOut Literary Arts Project, Motor City Brass Band, Motor City Street Dance Academy, N'Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, Pewabic, Seafoam Palace Museum, and Signal-Return. 

In September 2018, CulturePop activations also appeared at the inaugural Sukkah x Detroit festival in Capitol Park, part of Detroit's Month of Design.

"A personal note about being in front of the Spirit of Detroit I wanted to share. I would say about 2001-02, my brother and I got our licenses and we immediately drove downtown with our camcorder to dance downtown. One of the main spaces we wanted to dance in front of was the Spirit of Detroit… security made us leave, this happened more than enough times over the years. For me, this event was a victory because not only was I able to bring my company out and showcase positive hip hop culture, but because I wasn't removed this time, I was invited and welcomed."

Benito "Mav One" Vasquez, executive director & founder, Motor City Street Dance Academy 

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Applications for CulturePop Summer 2019 are Now Open! 

Meet Detroit workers, residents, and visitors where they are this summer, whether on their lunch break, shopping, or walking their dogs. How will you stop them in their tracks with an engaging cultural experience that enhances downtown Detroit's public spaces through arts and culture? CulturePop encourages arts organizations to think about how they use public spaces in new and innovative ways, while garnering new audiences for their work. 

CulturePop activations will take place throughout the month of August. Organizations may apply for up to $3,500 per experience. Grantees must be current 2019 CultureSource members


Applications are due by Friday, May 31, 2019 at 11:59pm. Questions? Please contact Hillary Anchill at [email protected] or 313-831-1151.

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 CultureSource is an official partner of the Quicken Loans Community Fund. CulturePop is supported by the Quicken Loans Community Fund, the Downtown Detroit Partnership, and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)’s Film and Digital Media Office (MFDMO).

April 11, 2019

A Detroit Arts Support Program

If you...

  • are located in Wayne, Oakland or Macomb Counties
  • are a community-based arts or cultural organization; an arts or cultural producer (artist) or presenter; or an arts project-based enterprise which pays creators or artists
  • need funds for an artistic project that will strengthen your purpose; enhance your skills; add to the vibrancy of your community; or contribute to the creative environment
  • had revenues of less than $100,000 in the last 12 months OR had revenues of more than $100,000 in the last 12 months, but were ineligible for a Detroit Arts Support grant due to being too new or too small or because you are not a 501(c)(3)

…you may want to apply for a CultureSource Creators of Culture grant.

  • You may apply for $3,000. This is an all-or-nothing grant process (no strings attached), and 25 projects will receive funding.
  • Your project can be ongoing, annual, new, or something you already do
  • It is okay for the grant to be the only cash used (no matching requirement)
  • You must submit your application by June 10, 2019.The grant term is August 1, 2019 to July 31, 2020. 

NOTE: you do not need to be a CultureSource member to apply for a Creators of Culture grant. 

You must understand and agree to...

  • apply for only one grant application
  • include payments to creators of culture as part of your project
  • not limit participants in your project on the basis of
    • race, color, county of origin, ethnicity
    • age, religion, sexual orientation, gender-identification
    • ability

That’s it! Our goal is to keep the entire grant process simple.

What's the purpose of this grant program? 
Many types of arts activities happen in Southeast Michigan regularly, and regardless of scope and scale, they can contribute to the vitality of our communities. Not all of these activities, though, are eligible for Detroit Arts Support grants ($5,000-$100,000) given application criteria. So, to widen the range of creative projects that could get a boost from funding, this Creators of Culture grant program specifically targets projects that do not qualify for the larger grants—maybe because they are too small, new, or informal—but that do have positive impacts in communities. Through this program, each year for the next three years, CultureSource will offer 25 $3,000 grants to creators of culture, in collaboration with the Detroit Arts Support program.

Why this is important to CultureSource? Our mission is to advance the work of organizations that cultivate creative and cultural expression in Southeast Michigan. Working within that mission includes us offering programs specifically for the creators and artists who are part of or who partner with organizations. Additionally, below are five of our seven guiding principles, which also describe some of the values behind our work: 

  • We must embrace contemporary culture at its core and edges.
  • Cultural organizations of all sizes can be valued as community anchors.
  • We have a responsibility to elevate voices historically oppressed by privilege.
  • We speak clearly, respectfully, and inclusively.
  • We believe creativity is fundamental.

Information Sessions

CultureSource will host a series of public info sessions in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties throughout the spring:


Please contact Jane Linn at 313-831-1151 or [email protected].

Apply to Creators of Culture by June 10. Review the questions here before filling out the application form. Please use only the number of words that you need to answer the questions. You do not need to use the maximum number allowed. You will not be allowed to save and go back to your form, so make sure to answer your questions in a separate document before filling out the form and pressing submit.

Creators of Culture Grant Questions     Budget Form Template



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