SUMMER UPDATE! 06.17.13
Forward Arts. We Are.
Many stories and updates to tell FA peoples! Too many for one post, but, we'll tell them all by the end of the year.
In 2010, after a year in development, we launched Forward Arts as a L3C. A few months ago, we were accepted into the Wayne State Law Clinic and have been hard at work making it happen. We are very happy to say we have now have transferred Forward Arts from a L3C into a Non-Profit Corporation and will be submitting our IRS papers soon! Many, many thanks to the Wayne State University Law Clinic for their services and advisement. Because of the change, we have been building our Board of Directors and Executive Committee as well. We'll be introducing you to them over the next few months.
A new project we have become part of is Sustain Arts, happening in Detroit right now. We are very happy to be apart of the leadership committee. Sustain Arts is a "community based effort to strengthen the nation's cultural infrastructure." The project is partially headed by Claire Rice, a former Michigander and UMS employee who we hope to have a posted interview with coming up over the next couple of months. The project is housed at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University and will take place in 6 cities across the US. Learn more HERE
We're also very excited to hear what the final results for the Knight Arts Challenge will be. Forward Arts got to help promote the grant challenge back in April. The project wil be granting 9 million over the next three years to the arts here in Detroit, but Knight has also granted more for the arts here as well. For more information on all of it, check out their website HERE.
FA has also been adding program leadership, we call them SuperFriends, to committees like ArtRide, Young Lions Detroit, and Detroit Emerging Arts & Culture Leadership programs, with development in some other areas as well. Can't wait for it all to come together and tell you everything! Check out this STORY on Director of Detroit Spoke Erika Fulk, who also sits on our ArtRide committee.
Some really exciting things percolating at Forward Arts! Want to get involved? Send an email to info@ForwardArtsDetroit.org, and we'll contact you shortly.