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A vibrant arts and cultural scene is important to strong communities and Michigan’s excellent quality-of-life, and ultimately, to Michigan’s economy.
The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) strengthens arts and culture in Michigan by increasing its visibility; supporting arts education; encouraging new, creative and innovative works of art; and broadening cultural understanding. A key conduit for arts and cultural information, MCACA is also a source of arts and culture grant funding.
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The mission of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) is broad, yet simple:
To encourage, initiate and facilitate an enriched artistic, cultural and creative environment in Michigan.
MCACA is made up of up to 15 members who are appointed by the Governor.Mailing Address:Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural AffairsMichigan Economic Development Corporation300 N. Washington SquareLansing, MI 48913Phone: 517.241.4011Fax: 517.241.3979Web address: www.michiganbusiness.org/arts
The mission of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs is broad, yet simple:
This Mission Statement has never been more important. It clearly frames the purposes of the Council as part of the broader environment in Michigan that strives to reinvent the State. This Mission Statement recognizes the need for a strong creative sector in our State that is fully engaged with many of Michigan's other key sectors including industry, healthcare, education and tourism.
As State government's lead agency charged with developing arts and culture policy and grant-making, MCACA recognizes the need for, and seeks out, a wide variety of public and private sector partners to help fulfill this mission. Our partners provide needed services to the field through collective knowledge, expertise and genuine care for the mission of the Council and the fulfillment of our collective goals.
Furthermore, the Council works to fulfill its mission by serving as champions, advocates and a point of connection and coordination for the field with legislative, corporate and other leaders with an interest in seeing the mission of MCACA fulfilled. The Council also seeks out those other champions, inside and outside the halls of government, in order to give voice to all concerned and to better achieve the Council's mandate and mission. Lastly, the Council serves to advise the Governor concerning the various ways that the arts and support for the arts can integrate with gubernatorial policies and goals, especially in connection with economic development, place-making and education initiatives.
MCACA is guided by a set of values that serve to strengthen the Council's commitment to facilitating the delivery of quality services to people and communities statewide. We use these values help to keep our focus on our mission.
The Council holds that in a dynamic state:
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During a two-day retreat in the spring of 2014, the members of the council and council staff discussed these issues: our environment, the results of the independent field-wide survey and the outcomes from the previous plan. We then outlined goals for our next five years and developed overarching commitments.
The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA or the Council) will continue to assist the field through grant making, convening important discussions and connecting arts and culture to other state agencies and initiatives. MCACA is a statewide agency charged with assuring access to and the opportunity to participate in quality arts and cultural programs across the state. In an environment where it is imperative that there is value for every dollar spent, the Council has never been more relevant both as a policy advisor to the Governor and as the statewide grant-maker. Through its efforts, the Council plays a pivotal role in fostering an environment that provides access to arts and cultural programs for all Michigan citizens and families, encourages a welcoming and diverse environment and works to ensure that Michigan’s children all have the opportunity to experience and participate in arts and cultural programs in and out of school.
Council members and staff firmly hold that a strategic plan must be nimble enough to inform present day operations and provide guidance in the unknown future. We were very successful with our last plan, which acted as an operational and transitional document while we worked to rebuild our agency, and with that in mind, we decided our next plan should be a combination of a traditional five-year plan and a two-year operational plan. Therefore, as you read the FY 2015–FY 2019 MCACA strategic plan, please note:
We believe this plan provides a firm vision and enough general flexibility to allow us to be ultimately successful again.
The funding process for MCACA arts and cultural projects begins with the development of guidelines for all the Council's programs. MCACA staff shape the guidelines based upon MCACA priorities and industry needs. They work with stakeholders to update and/or revise guidelines. The Council reviews the guidelines, and provides expertise. Focus group meetings are conducted for public input on the programs and subsequent guidelines.
Conducting public grant assistance workshops is the next step in providing information and guidance to those interested in applying to the Council for grant funds. Workshop notices are broadly disseminated and press releases are issued. Workshops are conducted throughout the entire state. MCACA often partners with other service organizations to provide additional information on grants writing, grants making and improved project management. Staff continues providing technical assistance, consultation to applicant organizations until the grant application deadline.
Improved guidelines, successful grants assistance workshops, a fair and independent application review process, and the Council's support of statewide distribution of arts and cultural resources to organizations and communities have resulted in applications for outstanding projects.
Applicants are required to use our online eGrant system, participate in the CDP, which you can access through DataArts' website and adhere to specific program guidelines.Instructions for the eGrant system.Technical requirements for the eGrant system.
In order to provide an open environment in which to review applications for funding, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs utilizes a panel application review process. The peer panel process places great importance on the review of applications by professionals in the arts, arts and cultural management and related fields. Peer professionals from the state and nation evaluate, score and rank the grant applications based upon published program criteria found in the guidelines. They provide the Council with the depth of experience and expertise that is the foundation of their informed funding decisions.
Recommendations for panelists come from the Council, clients, colleagues from other state arts councils, the public and staff. Recommendations are reviewed and approved by the Council Chairman with the advice of the full Council as needed. A Panelist Nomination Form is available on this website and mailed by request.
The Council convenes peer review panels in each grant program. Panelists are selected based on the following criteria:
Panelists review each application. Further, each application receives a primary and secondary review. Primary reviewers conduct in-depth reviews, report their findings to the panel and lead panel discussion. Panelists objectively apply their knowledge and expertise to the review. Panelists use a score sheet to individually record their comments and score for each application. The application score is the average of all panelists' scores.
Council members are invited to facilitate or audit the peer review meetings. Council staff facilitate process, provide information and adhere to policy and procedures to ensure fair and equitable treatment of all grant applicants. Only the peer panel reviewers participate in the application discussion and scoring.
The Council reviews applicant requests, panel scores and recommendations and determine fiscal year funding parameters (i.e., grant program allocations, geographic distribution, maximum number of grant awards per applicant and program issues and priorities). The parameters include: merit scores and funding benchmarks; awarding one grant per applicant organization in the Program for Operational & Projects Support. For organizations with two or more applications typically the highest qualifying score receives the award.
From these parameters, staff develops a range of possible formula-based funding scenarios, which are subsequently reviewed in depth by all Council committees. By consensus, committees provide final recommendations for presentation of the tentative funding plan that is considered for approval by the full Council.
The funding plan represents a proportionate distribution of funds to each program based merit scores, Council priorities, geographic, cultural and disciplinary distribution, technical support and the available funding. All MCACA grants require matching funds.
The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) coordinates grants to arts and culture organizations, cities and municipalities, and other nonprofit organizations to encourage, develop and facilitate an enriched environment of artistic, creative and cultural activity in Michigan. All applicants must use the MCACA on-line application process. The on-line application can be found at mcaca.egrant.net. Instructions for the eGrant system can be found here and the technical requirements for the eGrant system can be found here. All applicants in the Operational Support program must participate in the CDP, which can be accessed through DataArts' website, three years of data must be submitted.
The focus of the Operational Support Category is to provide specific operational support to arts and cultural organizations only. Municipalities, schools and non-arts nonprofit organizations are encouraged to apply in the Projects Support category. MCACA defines arts and cultural organizations as those organizations whose primary mission is to provide an experience, including a learning experience, that is based in a specific arts or cultural discipline. These organization types are: Arts Education Organizations, Arts Services Organizations, Collecting or Material Organizations, Public Broadcasting Organizations, Literary Arts Organizations, Performing Arts Organizations and Visual Arts/Film/Video Organizations.
The focus of the Projects Support Category is to provide quality arts and cultural, as well as educational, projects to citizens across the state. This category funds specific arts projects conducted by non-profit organizations, municipalities and educational institutions and other organizations that utilize the talents and creativity of professional artists or arts educators in all arts disciplines to advance the creative, cultural and economic environment of the state. Funding may only be used for artist fees directly related to the project, salaries or wages directly related to the project, space rental, marketing or promotional expenses directly related to the project, project supplies and materials including performance or other production costs, project-related curriculum materials.
The Capital Improvement grant category provides funding assistance to Michigan nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and municipalities for the expansion, renovation or construction of cultural facilities; upgrade of equipment and furnishing to provide a competitive and up-to-date environment; equipment and instrument acquisitions that are integral to the implementation of events and services. The improvements resulting from these grants enable citizens of all ages and abilities to enjoy more cultural events while increasing their participation within their communities.
The Arts in Education Residency program funds arts education residencies designed to introduce or enhance student knowledge of and participation in a particular art form such as dance, theatre, music, creative writing, storytelling, visual arts (including video and graphic design), or traditional folk arts by bringing a professional teaching artist into the educational setting for a designated amount of time. The AIER grant provides up to $20,000 to registered educational institutions, including public or non-public schools, school districts, intermediate school districts, regional school districts and licensed daycare providers (with a QRIS score of 2-4).
Through the New Leaders Arts Council of Michigan advisory group, grants are offered to support projects or collaborations focusing on the retention and community engagement of young people, 14–35 years old, in Michigan through arts and culture. Funding is available for projects that involve the creative mentorship of young people, creative ideas or projects young people are already working on, ideas young people have about how to make their community a better place, and projects that use arts and culture to empower young people in Michigan; support an atmosphere of entrepreneurship and creativity; and encourage the retention of young people in their communities. Learn more about the New Leaders Arts Council of Michigan by visiting their Facebook page, click here to access it.
The Council’s Regional Regranting Program utilizes a network of nonprofit organizations to distribute small arts and cultural project grants called Minigrants. Each Regional Regranting agency operates within its own identified service area composed of one or more counties. Applicants to this program are by invitation only.
The Minigrant program is a partnership between the MCACA and 15 regional regranting agencies throughout the state. There are two components of the Minigrant program, Arts Projects and Professional Development grants. These are special opportunities to address local arts and cultural needs as well as increasing public access to arts and culture. Arts Projects Minigrants provide up to $4,000 for locally developed, high quality arts and cultural projects. Professional Development Minigrants provide up to $1,500 to assist nonprofit organizations and arts professional acquire services or skills to strengthen the administrative infrastructure of the organization.
With an understanding that there are services we want offered to the field that we do not have the capacity to offer directly, the MCACA recognizes the need to partner with other organizations to accomplish our goals which provide the opportunity to experience, participate in or learn about high quality arts and cultural projects. The Services to the Field Program is integral to accomplishing that. In partnership with organizations around the state we are able to extend the reach of the MCACA as well as each partner through goal-based programs and initiatives.
MCACA partners with other statewide organizations that also provide grant funding to support arts and culture programming:
It is the Council’s long-term goal to make quality arts and cultural programs and services available to all 83 counties in the State of Michigan. In order to accomplish that, MCACA has identified 43 underserved counties (click here for the complete list). In addition, an underserved community is defined as one in which people lack access to arts programs, services or resources due to geography, economic conditions, cultural background, sociopolitical circumstances, disability, age or other demonstrable factors. The term “community” can refer to a group of people with common heritage or characteristics, whether or not living in the same place.
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In this section, current MCACA grant recipients can find information relating to the management of their grant award.
Questions:The MCACA staff is here to help. If you need assistance or have questions you can contact the MCACA staff at 517.241.4011.
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Applicants to the MCACA Regional Regranting Program must apply to the Regional Regranting agency for the county that your applicant organization is registered in. Your regranting agency will provide support and applications, answer questions, and administer the program. A map of the regions is available by clicking here. If you are unsure who your regranting agency is, or for general questions about this program, contact Community Development Program Manager Jeff Garrett, firstname.lastname@example.org, 517.373.1341.
These online resources include links to useful and helpful information for arts organizations and artists. If there is an organization or resource you would like to have added to this resources section send an email to Alison Watson, Programs Manager at email@example.com.MCACA does not endorse or recommend any specific opportunity but provides these resources for informational purposes only. Organizations and artists are encouraged to research each opportunity thoroughly before following any specific advice or recommendation.
Local arts councils play an important role in advocating, encouraging and developing arts and cultural awareness. By facilitating, convening, and organizing the arts, advocating for arts education and interacting with local arts and cultural organizations, they are instrumental in raising public awareness and the quality of life in local communities.
Below is a list of local arts councils in Michigan.
Arts and Cultural Organizations throughout Michigan are formed for the purpose of developing, promoting and producing the work of artists in various visual and performing art forms such as film, sculpture, dance, painting, multimedia, poetry, and performance art. Below is a list of arts and cultural organizations throughout Michigan.
A statewide service organization is defined as an organization with membership or constituency that spans the state; that offers services to artists, arts organizations or in the field of arts education; that promote the arts through advocacy efforts; and/or provides arts information services to the public. Below are links to organizations that are resources for the arts industry in our state:
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