Tuesday, December 20, 2011
LANSING – The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) today approved $2,088,111 in the form of 218 grants to outstanding nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, educational institutions and municipalities in 41 counties to support their efforts to produce high quality arts programming.
The grants were awarded through the Program for Operational and Projects Support, the Regional Regranting program and the Services to the Field program.
“With the support of the Governor and the Legislature, combined with the efforts of MCACA and arts and cultural organizations statewide, Michigan continues to be a state where the arts are thriving,” said Drew Buchholz, MCACA Chairman. “The organizations supported by these grants demonstrate Michigan’s commitment to ensuring access to quality arts and cultural programming in communities large and small, urban and rural.”
The FY 2012 applications represent 6,652 full time employees and an additional 44,421 contracted Michigan artists. They also indicate that an estimated 45 million individuals will attend their programs or exhibits and of that number some 8.8 million are youth.
“The communities receiving these awards gain so much more than their dollar value,” said John Bracey, Executive Director of MCACA. “These grants enhance education, stimulate cultural tourism, and strengthen communities statewide by impacting local economies and creating a better quality of life.”
Lists of the grants awarded are available by county or program.
MCACA, part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, serves to encourage, develop and facilitate an enriched environment of artistic, creative and cultural activity in Michigan. For more on its initiatives and programs, visit http://www.michiganbusiness.org/community/council-arts-cultural-affairs/. Become a fan on Facebook.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a public-private partnership serving as the state's marketing arm and lead agency for business, talent and jobs, focuses on helping grow Michigan's economy. For more on the MEDC and its initiatives, visit: www.michiganbusiness.org.
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