U.P. gets numerous arts grants

The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs has approved $2,088,111 in the form of 218 grants to outstanding nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, educational institutions and municipalities in 41 counties to support their efforts to produce high quality arts programming.

The grants were awarded through the Program for Operational and Projects Support, the Regional Regranting program and the Services to the Field program.

“With the support of the Governor and the Legislature, combined with the efforts of MCACA and arts and cultural organizations statewide, Michigan continues to be a state where the arts are thriving,” said Drew Buchholz, MCACA Chairman. “The organizations supported by these grants demonstrate Michigan’s commitment to ensuring access to quality arts and cultural programming in communities large and small, urban and rural.”

The FY 2012 applications represent 6,652 full time employees and an additional 44,421 contracted Michigan artists. They also indicate that an estimated 45 million individuals will attend their programs or exhibits and of that number some 8.8 million are youth.

“The communities receiving these awards gain so much more than their dollar value,” said John Bracey, Executive Director of MCACA. “These grants enhance education, stimulate cultural tourism, and strengthen communities statewide by impacting local economies and creating a better quality of life.”

Chippewa County:

EUP Regional Planning & Development Commission Sault Ste Marie $4,400.00

EUP Regional Planning & Development Commission Sault Ste Marie $12,931.00

Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society Sault Sainte Marie $8,000.00

Delta County:

CUPPAD Regional Commission Escanaba $6,900.00

CUPPAD Regional Commission Escanaba $21,400.00

William Bonifas Fine Arts Center Escanaba $6,000.00

Houghton County:

Copper Country Community Arts Council Hancock $15,900.00

Copper Country Community Arts Council Hancock $6,000.00

Copper Country Community Arts Council Hancock $5,100.00

Copper Country Intermediate School District l Hancock $6,000.00

Copper Country Suzuki Association Houghton $7,500.00

Pine Mountain Music Festival, Inc. Hancock $6,000.00

Mackinac County:

Erickson Center for the Arts Curtis $6,000.00

Marquette County:

Beaumier Heritage Center–Northern MI University $7,500.00

City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center Marquette $4,500.00

Marquette Symphony Orchestra Marquette $6,000.00

The Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum Marquette $7,500.00

Ontonagon County:

Friends of the Porcupine Mountains W S P Ontonagon $7,500.00