Grand Rapids Symphony receives $1.1M for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives

Posted on: June 15, 2018

“The Grand Rapids-based Wege Foundation has awarded the Grand Rapids Symphony a grant of more than $1 million to share live orchestral music with a broader audience through initiatives that build diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives into all of the orchestra’s activities,” reads an unsigned Wednesday (6/13) article in the Rapidian (Grand Rapids, Mich.). “The four-year grant totaling $1.1 million will add new positions, create new concerts and events, and develop new music educational opportunities alongside the Grand Rapids Symphony’s Gateway to Music, a matrix of 17 education and access programs that already reach 86,000 children, students and adults…. The Grand Rapids Symphony’s next steps will be to take the orchestra out of the concert hall and into the neighborhood…. The Wege grant … will establish: A Community Engagement position on staff to develop, manage and coordinate all Grand Rapids Symphony activities…. A Musician Fellow who will perform with the Grand Rapids Symphony. During the two-year fellowship, the musician will be mentored by GRS musicians and gain practical experience…. The Wege Grant also will fund the expansion of the Grand Rapids Symphony’s successful Mosaic Scholarship program, a mentoring program for African-American and Latino music students … ages 13 to 18.”

Posted June 15, 2018

Pictured: The Grand Rapids Symphony performs a pops concert at Cannonsburg Ski Area