Krasl Art Center Receives Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Grants

The Krasl Art Center (KAC) will receive grant funding totaling $55,338 from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). These grants are awarded through the MCACA fiscal year 2019. Funding includes $1,911 in federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

A capital improvement grant will partially fund updates needed for the 39 year old elevator. Targeted maintenance over the past three years has left the elevator operational, but a new system will offer better service to KAC patrons enrolled in classes held on the third floor and basement. The second grant is for operational support, which includes support of KAC programs, operations and administration.

Organizations receiving MCACA grant awards are required to match these funds with other public and private dollars. The KAC seeks to raise $40,000 for the elevator upgrade by the installation date scheduled in May 2019. Gifts will be matched dollar for dollar by the MCACA grant – up to $35,338. Matching dollars for KAC’s grants come, in part, through individual and corporate contributions and through exhibition sponsorship.

In his letter of support for this grant funding, Benton Harbor Mayor, Marcus Muhammad, noted the KAC’s efforts to reduce barriers of access to the arts. He credited the organization with boosting cultural tourism and economic vitality of the twin cities.

MCACA used its general fund appropriation to make 1,084 grant awards in 74 out of Michigan’s 83 counties. 530 grants were awarded directly out of the 648 applicants, and the MCACA awarded $10,777,407 out of the $18,330,156 requested.

The MCACA peer review process allows each grant application to be competitively considered by a panel of in-state and out-of-state arts and cultural professionals. This ensures the taxpayers, who support this project through legislative appropriations, and all other visitors and residents in Michigan have access to the highest quality arts and cultural experiences.