Detroit – A $1.5 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation announced Monday makes a nice birthday gift for Detroit's Motown Museum, which turns 60 this year.

The grant will underwrite cultural programming aimed at Detroiters of all ages as the museum continues to pursue its $50 million expansion plans. 

"In the beginning," said Robin R. Terry, CEO and chairwoman of the museum's board in a prepared statement, "Motown provided opportunities for artists and musicians to realize their full creative potential. We are proud to continue serving the community in this same spirit."

The money will help create new programs and expand existing ones like Motown Mic: The Spoken Word poetry contest, the SPARK and IGNITE summer camps, and the museum's singing competition, Amplify. 

Announced in 2016, the planned expansion will turn the tiny museum into a 50,000 square foot entertainment and tourist destination. 

Officials at the Battle Creek foundation say Detroit is a key place for its philanthropic efforts designed to support children, working families and equitable communities. 

Money has been rolling in for the planned construction. In December, the museum announced $2.28 million in year-end gifts, including $1.3 million from the Troy-based Kresge Foundation. 

The enlarged museum will include interactive exhibits, performance and recording spaces and expanded retail and meeting spaces. It goes without saying, however, that the tiny Hitsville studio isn't going anywhere.

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