Oakland County announces over $15,000 in arts minigrants

Oakland County’s Office of Arts, Culture & Film has awarded $15,850 for arts projects and professional development to six local organizations. The recipients are: The Art Experience, Inc., Pontiac; Detroit Chamber Winds & Stings, Southfield Michigan Youth Arts Association, Royal Oak; Oakland County Children’s Village Foundation, Pontiac; The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division, Southfield; and the Water Works Theatre Company, Royal Oak.

Oakland County is the local administrator of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) Minigrant program, which awards project grants of up to $4,000 to Michigan nonprofit organizations for high quality, locally developed projects that increase public access to art and culture. New this year is funding of up to $1,500 for professional and operational development for nonprofit arts organizations and arts professionals. The funding is designed to strengthen the administrative infrastructure of arts organizations to operate in Michigan.

“Enhancing access to the arts is an important component of our quality of life and economic development in Oakland County,” said County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. “Whenever we hear from companies considering locating in the county, the conversation inevitably turns to what cultural amenities do we have.”

Below are descriptions of the projects the minigrants will support:    

The Art Experience, Inc., Pontiac – Awarded: $1,500
Funding will support strategic planning for staff and board members of The Art Experience.

Detroit Chamber Winds & Stings, Southfield – Awarded: $1,500
The group will use the award for organizational development and work with David Bury & Associates.

Michigan Youth Arts Association, Royal Oak – Awarded: $1,500
The minigrant will support professional development of Michigan Youth Arts Association staff members to attend the Americans for the Arts annual conference.

Oakland County Children’s Village Foundation, Pontiac – Awarded: $4,000
The Birmingham Bloomfield Arts Center’s Studio 1 outreach program will partner with Oakland County’s Children’s Village Foundation to provide quality, hands-on art opportunities in a professional art studio. The program will run March 1 through Sept.  30, and consist of 2-hour, twice-weekly studio classes.

The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division, Southfield – Awarded: $3,350
The minigrant will support a Beginner Brass Band program with the Motor City Brass Band in the spring through the fall of 2013. Funding will support activities at their Farmington location, as well as monthly Gospel Arts Day camp and the June summer camp at the Southfield Music School. 

Water Works Theatre Company, Royal Oak – Awarded: $4,000
Water Works Theatre Company will be presenting William Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor” in Royal Oak’s Starr Jaycee Park for two consecutive weekends from August 1 to Aug. 11. 

Oakland County will accept applications for 2014 projects and professional/organizational development  through Oct. 1. Grant application and guidelines are available online at www.ArtsOakland.com. For more information contact Kristie Everett Zamora, Coordinator of Arts, Culture & Film at 248-858-0415.

About Oakland County Economic Development & Community Affairs
The Oakland County Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs, under the leadership of County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, is committed to promoting economic vitality, supporting distinct communities and conserving environmental resources through knowledge, cooperation and consultation services. www.AdvantageOakland.com.