Grants give a boost to Oakland County arts groups

Waterford, Michigan – October 23, 2008 –

The Oakland County
Office of Arts, Culture & Film has announced grants local cultural
institutions totaling $13,400.  Grant dollars are from the State of
Michigan through the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
(MCACA) Regional Regranting program. As one of only 19 regranting
agencies in the state, Oakland County recognizes exemplary programs
that encourage locally developed, high quality arts projects to address
local arts needs and increase public access to the arts.

A wide variety of project ranging from school residencies to community
performances were awarded grant funding. Notable projects include:

  • Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings are partnering with Troy
    Schools for a residency program with the Troy High School Band for the
    2008-09 school year
  • Detroit Dance Collective is presenting “The Power of Green,” a school and community outreach dance project
  • Farmington Public Schools is hiring Eisenhower Dance Ensemble for
    a dance residency at Harrison High School and to present lecture
    demonstrations for the four Farmington Middle Schools
  • Village of Holly DDA is hosting the 29th annual Dickens Festival in downtown Holly, December 6-2
  • Huron Valley Council for the Arts will present three student
    enrichment programs for children of the Huron Valley School District
    during the 2008-09 school year
  • Michigan Classical Ballet’s educational outreach program “Nutcracker Knowledge” will be held on December 5 at Mercy High School.
    The program includes two performances of the Nutcracker Ballet for
    elementary students and curriculum guides for the participating teachers
  • Orion Township Public Library’s 2008-09 Second Sunday Concert Series
  • Stagecrafters, community theater of Royal Oak, will offer
    American Sign Language (ALS) interpreted performances for the 2008-09
    Main Stage season

The office is accepting grant applications for arts and cultural
projects that take place from April 1 through September 30, 2009. The
application deadline is February 1, 2009.  Non-profit organizations,
schools and local government units located in Oakland County are
eligible to apply for funding.

Grant guidelines and application form are available on-line at
www.artsoakland.com and at the Oakland County Office of Art, Culture
& Film. Applicants residing in counties other than Oakland should
contact the office for the location of their MCACA regranting agency.