Nissan Foundation Renews Support of Kids First

Last week we received fantastic news from the Nissan Foundation. They have renewed their support of our Kids First programs at an annual level of $55,000! A BIG thank you is in order to Vicki Smith and the Nissan Foundation team for their ongoing support of cultural programming at Discovery Center.

In 1992, Nissan North America headquarters were located in southern California and had a front row seat to the civil unrest and race riots following Rodney King’s trial verdict. In response to the riots and community outrage, Nissan created the Nissan Foundation with the goal of building community through valuing cultural diversity. The Foundation provides financial support to organizations that work to promote this mission in the communities where Nissan has a corporate or manufacturing presence.

Discovery Center is one of eight organizations in Tennessee to receive foundation support this year. Kids First at the DC includes our cultural free days like Hispanic Heritage Day, Chinese New Year, and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Each year we work in partnership with other community organizations and leaders to improve the programming and educational opportunities at these events. Our next Nissan Foundation sponsored event is Discover India Day on Saturday, August 18.

This partnership with Nissan has allowed the community to explore cultures and traditions from around the world through open and respectful dialogue, access additional programs and resources, and become global citizens in safe learning environments. We hope that you will take the time to join us in thanking the Nissan Foundation for continuing to support initiatives that build welcoming and open-minded communities.