Dan and Jennifer Gilbert donate $30 million to the Detroit Academy of Art

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Billionaire businessman Dan Gilbert and his wife, Jennifer, have donated $30 million to the Cranbrook Academy of Art in suburban Detroit to help accelerate diversity efforts, d school equity and inclusion.

“This donation is a response to lessons learned in recent years. We have listened to a broad community of stakeholders and understand that there is a lot of work to be done,” said Jennifer Gilbert, who is also chair of the board of governors of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum. “Our ultimate goal is to foster lasting financial stability while creating a more diverse and equitable community. We know this is not a silver bullet, but a step in the right direction. Dan and I hope the donation gives the Academy space to develop long-term solutions and encourages others to join us in giving.

The Bloomfield Hills School said Tuesday that the funding will also help with long-term fiscal sustainability.

Twenty full scholarships for students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups will be funded through the Gilbert Fellows program. A permanent endowment to fund scholarships will also be created. Tuition relief and general support for existing academy scholarships and visiting faculty artists over the next five years will receive funding.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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