“These grant dollars are so important for our area artists and arts organizations,” said Deborah Mikula, executive director of the Arts Council. “The funds assist in covering costs for project needs, conferences and other support that helps them grow and give back to the community and strengthen our creative economy.”
The grants are spread among three programs: MCACA Minigrants, which fund community events, professional development, facility improvement or other administrative needs; Young Creatives Grants, which fund activities for children and teens; and the new Artist in the Community Grant, which funds public projects by individual artists.
Projects funded by the MCACA Minigrants include the Music in the Garden series hosted by the Holt Community Arts Council and the Native American Arts and Crafts Council’s Riverbank Traditional Pow Wow. Groups like the Lansing Art Gallery and the Wharton Center for Performing Arts will us Young Creatives Grants to offer scholarships to summer arts and performance camps. Catherine Tonning-Popowich, who was awarded and Artist in the Community Grant, will use the funds to launch Art Has No Boundaries, a series of art classes for students with or without disabilities.
“My grandson was born with severe disabilities,” said Tonning-Popowich. “That got me thinking about offering an inclusive art class.”
MCACA Minigrant funding totaling $19,501 for 2016 was awarded to the following recipients:
Holt Community Arts Council, Lansing Area Print-makers Collective, Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing Concert Band, Meridian Community Band, Michigan State University College of Music Running Start Program, Native American Arts and Crafts Council and the Williamston Theatre.
Young Creatives Grant funding totaling $7,500 for 2016 was awarded to the following recipients:
Lansing Art Gallery, MSU Community Music School, Native American Arts and Crafts Council, REACH Studio Art Center, Red Cedar Writing Project and Wharton Center for Performing Arts.
Artists in the Community Grant funding totaling $8,000 for 2016 was awarded to the following recipients:
Catherine Tonning-Popowich, Clara Martinez and Kenneth Hunter