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State awards $2.5M to West Michigan arts programs

October 4, 2017
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The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs has announced its grant recipients for fiscal year 2017-18 — and 84 West Michigan organizations are on the list.

MCACA awarded grants to 474 recipients from 56 of the state’s 83 counties, totaling $10.6 million — a 10 percent increase from last year’s state budget allocation.

“These grants provide vital support for the ongoing cultural development of communities throughout Michigan,” said John Bracey, MCACA executive director. “We appreciate the support of Gov. Snyder and the legislature for increasing funding to groups and events that inspire cultural pride and appreciation for the heritage of our communities.”

Recipients include music festivals, art centers, school districts, historical societies, art museums and symphonies around the state to cover costs associated with operations, projects, capital improvements, arts-in-education residences, services to the field and regional re-granting initiatives.

Eighty-four of the grant recipients are in West Michigan — or Allegan, Kalamazoo, Kent, Muskegon and Ottawa counties — totaling $2,500,943.

MCACA’s annual arts grant program this year attracted 575 applicants from across the state. The full list of recipients is available online.

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs

MCACA serves to encourage, develop and facilitate an enriched environment of artistic, creative and cultural activity in Michigan. It is an agency within the Michigan Economic Development Corp., the state’s chief marketing arm focusing on business attraction, job creation, building Michigan’s image and fostering community development throughout the state.

West Michigan MCACA grant recipients by county

* indicates more than one grant awarded

Allegan

Saugatuck Center for the Arts - $28,000 + $7,500 *

Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society - $10,144 + $12,500 *

Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck - $12,000

Total for Allegan County: $70,144

Kalamazoo

Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers - $22,500 + $3,500 *

Education for the Arts - $28,500

Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum - $64,800 + $28,000 *

Bronson Health Foundation - $5,700

Renaissance Enterprises - $18,000

Crescendo Academy of Music - $27,000

Michigan Festival of Sacred Music - $22,500

Julius & Esther Stulberg String Competition Inc. - $22,500

Woods Lake Elementary - $19,000

Kalamazoo Poetry Festival - $7,000

Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo - $15,500 +$50,000 + $33,200 *

Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus - $17,500

Barclay Hills Education Center - $24,000

Kalamazoo Civic Theatre - $28,000 + $50,000 *

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts - $70,000 + $70,000 *

Farmers Alley Theatre - $21,000 + $13,500 *

Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra - $28,000

Kalamazoo Book Arts Center - $5,250 + $17,500 *

City of Kalamazoo - $70,000

Bach Festival Society of Kalamazoo Inc. - $17,500

Kalamazoo Headstart - $24,000

Fire Historical Cultural Arts Collaborative - $10,500

Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Society - $16,800

Portage Public Schools - $19,500

Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival - $20,000

New Vic Theatricals Inc. - $12,500

Fontana Chamber of Arts - $15,000

Vicksburg Cultural Arts Center - $3,280

Total for Kalamazoo County: $879,530

Kent

West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology - $22,500 + $15,000 *

West Michigan Horticultural Society Inc. - $54,000 + $70,000 *

Artists Creating Together Inc. - $27,000 + $28,151 *

St. Cecilia Music Center - $36,000

Lowell Area Arts Council - $36,929 + $13,400 + $13,500 + $40,000 *

Michigan Ballet Academy - $21,000

Grand Rapids Civic Theatre & School of Theatre Art - $35,000 + $28,000 *

Murray Lake Elementary School - $4,750

Grand Rapids Art Museum - $11,270 + $35,000 *

Lowell Area Historical Museum - $17,500

Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities - $21,000

John Ball Zoological Garden - $35,000 +$70,000

Opera Grand Rapids - $28,000

Arts in Motion Studio West Michigan - $17,500

Mind Meets Music - $17,500

Site:Lab Inc. - $17,500

Grand Rapids Children’s Museum - $28,000 + $3,734 *

ArtPrize - $28,000

West Michigan New Horizons Music Ensembles - $17,000

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts - $24,000

Crossroads Alternative High School - $8,000

Grand Rapids Ballet - $20,000 + $9,692 *

Girls Choral Academy - $12,500

Actors’ Theatre Company - $12,500

Grand Rapids Swing Dance Society - $12,500

West Michigan Youth Ballet - $10,000

Ada Township - $50,000

Heartside Ministry - $13,000

Grand Rapids Symphony Society - $25,000

Calvin College - $19,500

Grand Rapids Public Museum - $24,942 + $25,000 *

Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation - $13,000

Community Circle Theatre - $15,000

Grand Rapids Film Festival - $8,750

Baxter Community Center - $11,356

Arts Rockford - $11,250

Grand Rapids Women’s Chorus - $6,750

Total for Kent County: $1,125,474

Muskegon

Muskegon Museum of Art Foundation - $28,000

Community Foundation for Muskegon County - $24,000

Howmet Playhouse - $70,000 + $19,500 *

The Block - $17,500

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Inc. - $17,500

West Michigan Symphony - $18,000

Total for Muskegon County: $202,000

Ottawa

Latin Americans United for Progress - $24,000

Tulip Time Festival Inc. - $12,341

Holland Area Arts Council - $11,500 + $15,000 + $29,500 *

Holland Civic Theatre Inc. - $12,500

Holland Chorale - $12,500

Park Theatre Foundation - $13,954

Holland Symphony Orchestra - $15,000

Tri-Cities Historical Museum - $15,000

Holland Historical Trust - $50,000

CultureWorks Institute for Creative Arts - $12,500

Total for Ottawa County: $223,795

Grand total for West Michigan: $2,500,943

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