NW MI Receives $594,110 in MCACA Arts Funds, Benefits 38 orgs

Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs awarded $594,110 in FY21 grants to 38 organizations and projects located in Northwest Michigan. Funding was approved at the October 15 Council meeting and includes awards for operational support, project support, capital improvements and regional regrant for use October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2021.

MCACA provides grants to encourage, initiate and facilitate an enriched artistic, cultural and creative environment in Michigan. Funds are appropriated each year in the state budget. $9,120,196 in total FY21 funding was awarded throughout the state.

Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network administers the MCACA regrant program for Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee and Wexford counties, also known as “Region 2.”  Regrant funds are used for minigrants for local projects and professional development. Eleven organizations will share $24,000 in fall minigrants while an additional $20,000 will be awarded later in the year for schools and Round 2 arts projects funding.

Regional recipients of MCACA grants by county include:

  • Antrim, $18,000: Crosshatch Center for Art & Design;
  • Benzie, $72,386:  Benzie Area Symphony Orchestra, Benzie Area Historical Society, Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts, Michigan Legacy Art Park;
  • Charlevoix, $55,000:  Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association, Beaver Island Historical Society, Charlevoix Circle of Arts, Raven Hill Discovery Center;
  • Emmet, $111,350: Bay View Music Festival, Blissfest Music Organization, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Great Lakes Center for the Arts, Harbor Springs Festival of the Book, Little Traverse Civic Theatre, The King House Association, Voices Without Borders;
  • Grand Traverse, $251,837:  City Opera House Heritage Association, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Music House Museum, Northwestern Michigan College/Dennos Museum Center, Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network, Northwest Michigan Ballet Theatre, Old Town Playhouse, Parallel 45, Traverse City Dance Project, Traverse Symphony Orchestra, National Writers Series of Traverse City;
  • Leelanau, $36,750:  Glen Arbor Arts Association, Great Lakes Children’s Museum;
  • Manistee, $48,787: Historic Vogue Theatre; Ramsdell Regional Center for Arts.

Minigrant project awards include:

  • Archipelago Project for its music leadership academy (Grand Traverse)
  • For Love of Water/FLOW for the multi-modal performance/video When Water Moves (Leelanau)
  • Forest Area Public Schools for its 2021 band camp (Grand Traverse)
  • Good Hart Artist Residency for its arts residency program (Emmet)
  • Grand Traverse Pavilions for its summer concerts series (Grand Traverse)
  • McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation for public artwork  (Emmet)

Minigrants for professional and organizational development were awarded to:

  • Blissfest Music Organization (Emmet)
  • Crooked Tree Art Center (Emmet/Grand Traverse)
  • Forest Area Community Schools Band Program (Grand Traverse)
  • Great Lakes Center for the Arts (Emmet)
  • Leelanau Historical Center (Leelanau)

A listing of all MCACA grant recipients (excluding minigrants) is available on the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs website.

For questions about MCACA minigrants or the Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network, please contact Mary Bevans Gillett, Region 2 Regrant Coordinator and NW Michigan Arts & Culture Network Convener at 231-883-8388 or