Local arts and culture organizations receive grants for work with young people

The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs

(MCACA) has recently awarded a number of projects throughout metro Detroit with grants. In total, MCACA awarded $102,189 to 42 arts-and-culture projects across the entire state, a record-breaking year for the organization.

The grants are part of the New Leaders Program and intended to to engage and support young people, 14 to 35 years old, through arts and culture. The program is also meant to retain young people in the Michigan communities in which they live and create.

“The field is vigorous, new organizations are emerging, small organizations are growing and the state’s largest organizations are expanding their reach,” says John Bracey, executive director of MCACA. “These are truly exciting times in Michigan and it feels great to play a small part in that.”

  • In Oakland County, grant winners are Eisenhower Dance of Southfield; Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival of Southfield; Rabbit Island Foundation, Inc., of Troy; Village Fine Arts Association of Milford; and Water Works Theatre Company, Inc., of Royal Oak.
  • In Wayne County, the grant winners are all based in Detroit. They are A Host of People, The Arts League of Michigan, Detroit Iluminado, Detroit Public Theatre, Lauren Harroun, Living Arts, Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, Museum of Contemporary Art.
  • In Washtenaw County, grant winners are 826 Michigan Inc., Ann Arbor Art Center, Annick Odom, Betsy Lee, Community Music School of Ann Arbor, Neutral Zone, and Sophia Kruz Productions, all of Ann Arbor. The Ypsilanti District Library was also a grant recipient.

According to MCACA, the winners were chosen for either offering the creative mentorship of young people, creative projects being completed by young people, young people’s ideas of how to improve their communities, or projects using arts and culture to empower young Michiganders.

To view the complete list of grants awarded for FY2016 by program, click here.

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