Anton Art Center announces $28,750 in minigrant awards to Oakland County organizations

The Anton Art Center, Region 10A Regranting Agency for the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) servicing Macomb and Oakland counties, has awarded $28,750 to twelve Oakland County organizations through the MCACA Minigrant program.

Paint a Miracle of Rochester was awarded $1,500 for a consultancy with ArtOps to provide assistance with strategic planning in the areas of development and marketing to expand Paint a Miracle’s service area.

Creative Many Michigan of Wixom was awarded $1,200 to support attendance at the Americans for the Arts and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts conferences in 2015.

Paint Creek Center for the Arts of Rochester was awarded $1,200 for a professional consultant to facilitate formal sessions and help the organization develop short- and long-term strategic plans.

Michigan Youth Arts of Ferndale was awarded $1,200 to support attendance at the Americans for the Arts conference in 2015.

The Charter Township of Waterford was awarded $2,025 to support Waterford Public Library’s Poetry Leaves project, combining a series of events designed to highlight poetry as an everyday art form, including readings, workshops, creation of original poems by Township residents, and a street exhibit of poetry to celebrate National Poetry Month.

Hickory Woods Elementary Parent Teacher Association of Novi was awarded $500 to support their program American Short & Tall Tales, a performance by the Wild Swan Theater.

Huron Valley Schools of Highland was awarded $4,000 for their Art for Life Youth Initiative, for groups of at-risk students which will include hands-on, participatory arts experiences introducing them to music, theater and fine arts, as well as supplemental art enrichment performances to enhance subject material students are learning in classes.

The City of Oak Park was awarded $3,775 to support the Oak Park Summer Concert Series, a revival of a previous program which will provide four free concerts to residents and visitors of Oak Park.

The Birmingham Education Foundation of Beverly Hills was awarded $4,000 to support a Brass and Strings Residency with Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings which will include coaching sessions and master classes at Groves and Seaholm high schools.

Oakland County Children’s Village Foundation of Pontiac was awarded $4,000 to support their Art for All Kids project, a partnership with the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center to engage underserved children in creative arts experiences in a professional art studio.

Italian Film Festival of St. Louis, located in Troy, was awarded $2,675 to support Italian Film Festival USA – Metro Detroit, to present twelve contemporary films representing the best of Italian cinema in local venues.

The Waterford School District was awarded $2,675 to support the Waterford Analemmatic Sundial project, which will engage students from Mott High School in creating tiles to represent hours and months and will be installed in paver stones as part of a sundial on the Waterford Township Campus.

The Minigrant Review Panel included Travis Walter, Artistic Director at Meadowbrook Theatre, Georgeann Herbert, Senior Vice President for Content and Community Engagement, Detroit Public Television, Don Ritzenhein, Professor of Communications, Eastern Michigan University, Deanna Daly, Band Director, Mount Clemens Community Schools, and Jeanne Bieri, painter and Anton Art Center Trustee.

For fiscal year 2015, Region 10A (Macomb and Oakland counties) received 41 Minigrant applications, representing an increase in applications from both counties over 2014. More than $117,000 in requests were made with total project budgets approaching $450,000. MCACA made $40,500 available to the Region for regranting, all of which was awarded in the first round of funding.

For more information on MCACA Minigrants in Macomb and Oakland counties, contact Phil Gilchrist, Grant Coordinator at the Anton Art Center (, 586-469-8666). The Minigrant program is made possible by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Anton Art Center is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 10am-5pm, Fridays 10am-6pm, and Sundays 12pm-4pm. The Anton Art Center provides art exhibits, classes and a gift shop, and is located at 125 Macomb Place, Mount Clemens. For more information, call 586-469-8666 or visit us on Facebook or