Associate Program Officer, Arts & Culture, The Kresge Foundation

About the Foundation

The Kresge Foundation is one of the top 20 private foundations in the United States and the only one focused exclusively on expanding opportunities for people with low income in American Cities. With a $3.8 billion endowment and a staff of over 100 employees, the foundation deploys grants and social investments across arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services and community development. The foundation’s state-of-the-art headquarters maintains an array of energy-efficient, water-conserving and health-promoting systems. The foundation also operates an office in Detroit’s Midtown district.

About the position

The Associate Program Officer will support the work of the national Arts & Culture program team to evaluate grant applications, manage and monitor a suite of grants, and assist with select bodies of work associated with the program’s strategic priorities. 

The Arts & Culture program strategy seeks to position culture and creativity as drivers of more just communities. The program strategy exclusively supports equitable creative placemaking, a creative approach to community development and planning that fully integrates arts, culture and community-engaged design. The program pursues this strategy through three focus areas: 

• Increase creative capacity to shape healthier neighborhoods
• Catalyze creative change in ecosystems
• Strengthen the equitable creative placemaking field

All Kresge programs and practices share the goals of expanding opportunity, decreasing poverty, and increasing social and economic mobility in America’s cities.

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