Building Inclusive Events and Experiences in Public Space

The Gilbert Family Foundation believes that public spaces should serve the public good. That means thinking critically and intentionally about how to design, program and promote events and experiences so they are accessible and inclusive to all.

This foundational philosophy has led to wide-ranging partnerships and investments that bring diverse groups together to enjoy shared space. One example is our continued commitment to creating world-class experiences in downtown Detroit.

These include the annual Downtown Detroit Markets, which provides opportunities for local Detroit entrepreneurs to test their products in front of a larger audience; the Cadillac Lodge, a warm and welcoming place to celebrate with friends and family during the holiday season; and partnerships with organizations like Culture Source to bring diverse arts and culture programming to downtown, among many more.