CultureSource acts as an intermediary between Southeast Michigan’s arts and cultural community and the public and private sectors. As advocates for our industry, we strive to help the region appreciate and maximize the benefits of arts and culture for education, civic engagement and community development, while simultaneously helping our member organizations understand their potential for community impact. By working as an alliance, we aim to enrich the region, making it a more vibrant arena to live and work.  

Advocacy

CultureSource is in a unique position to act as an intermediary between the arts and culture sector as a whole, and the larger community of which we are a part. Advocacy is a two-way street: on the one hand, helping the community to appreciate and to maximize the benefits of arts and culture for education, civic engagement and community development; and on the other hand, helping arts and culture organizations to understand their potential for community impact and to improve their contributions to the greater good of the region. 

In 2016, CultureSource partnered with Creative Many and DataArts to produce the first pdf Southeast Michigan Regional Nonprofit Report (2.40 MB). The data collected from 159 nonprofit arts and culture organizations in Southeast Michigan details the social and economic impact of the creative sector throughout the region. 

During the 2015-2016 school year, CultureSource partnered with Detroit Public Schools, FERA and three arts and cultural organizations (Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Cranbrook Institute of Science and Michigan Science Center)—with funding from the Bosch Community Fund—for the Detroit Public Schools STEAM Program. The program provided every 4th and 7th grade DPS student (7,200 students) in 100 schools a hands-on enrichment experience aligned with Michigan curriculum standards.

The Americans for the Arts Action Fund is a resource to help learn how the arts impact our current government policies and election campaigns. Click here to learn about your current legislators, voting records, and current action campaigns.  

Capacity Building

CultureSource provides and facilitates professional development programs that help our member organizations improve their individual effectiveness.

Through our  programming, we are proud to provide opportunities for our members to build skills, host experts to help us think critically, and connect our member network to work on areas specific to their organizational roles—including: financial planning, marketing, operations, audience building, leadership development, and business management skills.

Marketing Resources

CultureSource provides a voice for the arts and culture sector, using our news platform and strategic partnerships to cultivate original editorial coverage. Our feature stories elevate arts and culture programming, highlight community-wide trends, and connect the arts community to the greater for profit business, education, and civic audiences.

CultureSource is home to the most comprehensive arts and cultural calendar in Southeast Michigan, with all artistic mediums represented. CultureSource member organizations, programs and leaders provide the foundation for all editorial coverage on CultureSource.org. CultureSource member events posted to the regional calendar may be highlighted in our weekly eNewsletters—The Source, on social media, and on our website.