Friday, December 19, 2014
LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) today approved 422 grants, located in 55 counties, totaling nearly $9.7 million in awards. These grants represented awards in the Artist in Education – Residencies, Capital Improvement, Program for Operational and Projects Support, the Regional Regranting program and the Services to the Field program.
“I am truly appreciative of the support the MCACA has received from Governor Snyder and the legislature and of their confidence in the MCACA process,” said MCACA Chairman Drew Buchholz. “Their support has MCACA moving forward and contributing significantly to Michigan reinvention. The great support we receive from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation is amazing as well. Without them our statewide, regional and national reach would be diminished.”
The MCACA adjudicates grant applications using a peer review process that is open to the public for observation, in person and online. MCACA held 22 separate panels and used the services of 107 professionals to determine eligibility for grant awards.
“MCACA received 525 grant applications thus far this fiscal year,” said John Bracey, Executive Director of MCACA. “Although we were only able to make 422 awards, I am truly gratified to see these grants go to so many communities in support of the amazing work this field does. These grants provide access to arts and cultural programing in places and to people that may not have access without the work their local arts and cultural organizations. These grant awards provide opportunity to our children to learn about life in a full way, to grow and think critically about the world they have been thrust into, and to express themselves. What can be a better use of a few tax dollars than that?
“I also firmly believe that access to the programs and projects of our state’s many arts and cultural organizations makes communities more welcoming and more vibrant places to live, our state a more attractive place for businesses to locate and provides our citizens with an amazing quality of life.”
For a complete list of grant awards, visit: http://www.michiganbusiness.org/community/council-arts-cultural-affairs/#MCACA.
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