The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) today approved a total of $102,189 in grants to 42 organizations in its New Leaders Program for arts-and-culture projects in Michigan. The New Leaders Program for Retention and Engagement is directed by the New Leaders Arts Council of Michigan, an advisory group to MCACA consisting of young professionals and students beginning their careers in the arts and cultural field.
“This brings to a close our grant programs for FY 2016,” said John Bracey, Executive Director of MCACA. “It has been a record breaking year for MCACA in terms of applications and funded grants.”
MCACA received 654 grant applications, requesting $17.7 million dollars in support. With the addition of the funded New Leaders projects, MCACA made 502 awards using its $9.7 general fund appropriation.
“The field is vigorous, new organizations are emerging, small organizations are growing and the state’s largest organizations are expanding their reach,” said Bracey. “These are truly exciting times in Michigan and it feels great to play a small part in that.”
Today’s announced grants support projects and collaborations that focus on the retention and community engagement of 14–35 year olds 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, or projects that use arts and culture to empower young people in Michigan.
The grant awards support an atmosphere of entrepreneurship and creativity, and encourage the leadership and retention of young people in their communities.
For more information on the New Leaders Arts Council of Michigan, please visit their Facebook page by clicking here.
The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs serves to encourage, develop and facilitate an enriched environment of artistic, creative and cultural activity in Michigan.
For a complete list of grant awards, visit: http://www.michiganbusiness.org/community/council-arts-cultural-affairs/
LIST OF GRANT RECIPIENTS BY COUNTY:
BERRIEN: Performing Arts Workshops, Niles
CHARLEVOIX: Raven Hill Discovery Center, East Jordan
EMMET: Zoe Marshall Rashid, Petoskey
GENESSE: Buckham Fine Arts Project, Flint
GRAND TRAVERSE: Blackbird Arts, Traverse City
HOUGHTON: Public Schools of Calumet, Calumet; Copper Country Community Arts, Hancock
INGHAM: Lansing — Arts Council of Greater Lansing, Inc., REACH Studio Art Center. Molly McBride Haslett: and, Michigan State University, East Lansing
KALAMAZOO: Kalamazoo — Book Arts Center, and Western Michigan University; Center Stage Theatre, Inc., Comstock
KENT: Grand Rapids — ArtPrize Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Film Festival, Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, West Michigan Center for Arts
LUCE: Tahquamenon Area Recreation, Newberry
MARQUETTE: E.A.R.T.H. Angels, Marquette
OAKLAND: Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, Southfield; Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Southfield; Rabbit Island Foundation Inc, Troy; Village Fine Arts Association, Milford; Water Works Theatre Company, Inc., Royal Oak
WASHTENAW: Ann Arbor — 826 Michigan Inc., Ann Arbor Art Center, Annick Odom, Betsy Lee, Community Music School of Ann Arbor; Neutral Zone, Sophia Kruz Productions. Ypsilanti District Library, Ypsilanti
WAYNE: Detroit — A Host of People, The Arts League of Michigan, Detroit Iluminado, Detroit Public Theatre, Lauren Harroun, Living Arts, Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, Museum of Contemporary Art