At the Gilbert Family Foundation, we believe that investments in arts and culture are vital to building more resilient and connected communities. When people share a cultural experience, it helps break down barriers between them and leads to deeper social bonds. A great example of this approach was our recent partnership with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to support “Black Panther in Concert.”

Under the direction of conductor Thomas Wilkins, “Black Panther in Concert” featured the DSO performing the Oscar-nominated score of the beloved 2018 film Black Panther completely live to picture. With the support of the DSO, there was also a special Saturday performance for community groups that included a wide range of additional activities, including music lessons, a drum circle, photo opportunities and more.

“We were so proud to support Black Panther in Concert. This was a one-of-a-kind event for Detroit and proved again how unique cultural experiences can bring all different kinds of people together,” said Jasmin DeForrest, Director of Arts and Culture for the Gilbert Family Foundation. “We were especially grateful to work with the DSO on creating a special Saturday performance that included African-inspired activations for community partners.”

George Adams, the Founder of 360 Detroit, was one of the community partners invited to attend the event and was excited at the opportunity to bring neighborhood residents to the DSO. 360 Detroit is also one of the inaugural members of the Gilbert Family Foundation’s Thriving Neighborhoods Fund.

“I really enjoyed it,” said Adams. “It was a great opportunity for a few residents in the Virginia Park Community to experience the DSO.”

Check out the gallery below for photos of the Saturday performance. We’re so excited to explore further unique programs with the DSO and other anchor cultural institutions in Detroit.