Washtenaw County Arts & Cultural Organizations Receive $1.026 Million in State Grants

The Arts Alliance
The Arts Alliance

Washtenaw County arts and cultural organizations will receive $1.026 million in grants from the Michigan Council for Art and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) for the FY2018 funding cycle. MCACA announced a total of $9.6 million in grants; Washtenaw County had the third highest allocation following Wayne ($1.98M) and Kent ($1.12M).

“We look forward to the services, programs, events and capital improvements these organizations will accomplish in our community thanks to this public investment in arts and culture,” said Deb Polich, president/CEO of The Arts Alliance.

Thirty-one Washtenaw county-based organizations will receive funding, including: 826 Michigan, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, The Original, Ann Arbor DDA, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Ann Arbor Summer Festival: Top of the Park, Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, The Ark – Ann Arbor, The Arts Alliance, Community Music School of Ann Arbor, Corner Health Center, The Encore Musical Theatre Company, Vincent York’s Jazzistry, Michigan Radio, The Michigan Theater, The Neutral Zone, Phoenix Ensemble, Pittsfield Charter Township, Purple Rose Theatre Company, Riverside Arts Center | Ypsilanti, MI, SRSLY Chelsea The Penny Seats, Theatre Nova, UMMA: University of Michigan Museum of Art, University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, UMS, Wild Swan Theater and Youth Arts Alliance.

The Arts Alliance, acting as the MCACA regranting administrator, is pleased to announce the reallocation of $41,300 in Project and Professional & Organizational Development minigrants. The Arts Alliance serves as the regranting agency for Region 9, which includes: Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe and Washtenaw counties. Project and POD review panels comprised of artists, residents and organizational leaders from throughout Region 9 carefully considered each application based on criteria set by MCACA. The panel recommended funding to 21 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, plus two individual artists:

The Arts Alliance was awarded a total of $41,500 ($27,000 operational support, $13,000 for Regranting administration and $1,500 for professional development).

“We applaud the State of Michigan’s investment in arts and cultures through the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs,” Polich said. “The grants received by The Arts Alliance encourages and sustains our work as the backbone organization for the arts and creative industries in Washtenaw County and, through the regranting program, extends our reach to organizations and artists into the Region 9 counties.”

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