As the state government's lead agency charged with developing arts and culture policy and grant-making, MCACA is made up of up to 15 members who are appointed by the Governor, and also has an internal staff at MEDC.
Since 1966 with the creation of the Michigan Council for the Arts, the State of Michigan has recognized the value and importance of a vibrant arts and cultural sector. On August 28, 1991 the Governor by Executive Order created The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (the Council) to maintain and nurture its cultural and artistic riches. Today, the Council reaffirms and believes in our enabling doctrine:
The Council envisions a Michigan where every citizen celebrates the state’s cultural treasures and arts and cultural experiences are accessible to all its citizens.
From our historic monuments and museums to traditional practices and contemporary arts, the Council is dedicated to ensuring that every citizen and community in Michigan enjoys the civic, economic and educational benefits of arts and culture.
The Council believes that government has a responsibility to ensure public access to arts and culture throughout the state and because of that belief:
While arts and culture are woven throughout all aspects of life, the Council will focus its primary efforts on three core activities:
Within each activity there are five strategic action areas which unify and advance the work of the Council while best representing the field: