Special Edition:  MCACA FY2019 State and Local Minigrants Announced
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Washtenaw County Organizations & Artists

Awarded More Than $1 Million in State Arts Grants

The Arts Alliance Regrants $41,300 to Region 9


The Arts Alliance announced that Washtenaw County artists, as well as arts and cultural organizations, will receive more than $1 million in grants from the Michigan Council for Art and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) for the FY2019 funding cycle. MCACA announced $9.6 million in grants statewide at its council meeting. Washtenaw County received the third highest funding allocation in the state following Wayne ($2.49M) and Kent ($1.23M) counties.

“We applaud the State of Michigan’s investment in arts and culture through the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs,” said Deb Polich, The Arts Alliance's president/CEO. “The grants received by The Arts Alliance and our colleagues have a phenomenal ripple effect as they directly impact quality of life, education, the economy and tourism throughout the state. We see that impact every day here in Washtenaw County and our Region 9 minigrant recipients report the same.”

In addition to its annual operational support, The Arts Alliance was awarded $41,300 to redistribute as the MCACA administrator for the Region 9 Regranting program.

The Arts Alliance announces the reallocations of these grants, also known as minigrants, in two categories: Arts & Cultural Projects and Professional & Organizational Development for Region 9:  Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe and Washtenaw counties.

The minigrant applications are reviewed by review panels comprised of artists, residents and organizational leaders from Region 9. The panels carefully considered each application based on criteria set by MCACA.

The 2018 Region 9 minigrant review panel recommended funding to 16 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, plus one individual artist for the FY2019 Regranting program:
Region 9 Minigrants Awards      
Arts & Cultural Project Grants County City Grant Award
APG Audio Video Mentoring Lenawee Adrian $2,800
Chelsea Area Festivals & Events Washtenaw Chelsea $3,600
City of Tecumseh DDA Lenawee Tecumseh $3,600
Cultural Art Strings/Riverfolk Music & Arts Washtenaw Manchester $3,600
Hillsdale County School of Arts Hillsdale Hillsdale $3,840
Lenawee Intermediate School District Lenawee Adrian $2,800
Measure For Measure Washtenaw Ann Arbor $1,980
Special Ministries Livingston Brighton $3,180
Spinning Dot Theatre Washtenaw Ann Arbor $3,800
WonderFool Productions Washtenaw Ann Arbor $2,800
    TOTAL $32,000
Professional & Organizational Development Grants                        County City Grant Award
826 Michigan Washtenaw Ann Arbor $1,237
Adrian Symphony Orchestra/Lenawee Symphony Orchestra Society Lenawee Adrian $1,274
Artrain, Inc. Washtenaw Ann Arbor $1,408
Chloe Keene, artist Washtenaw Ypsilanti $1,346
Ella Sharp Museum Jackson Jackson $1,299
The Ark Washtenaw Ann Arbor $1,445
Wild Swan Theater Washtenaw Ann Arbor $1,291
    TOTAL $9,300
Thirty-two Washtenaw County-based organizations are receiving grants for operational and project support, capital improvements and arts in education programs. The list of recipients and total funding awards for all grant categories are as follows:

General Operating and Project Grants
826 Michigan Inc. $15,000 Neutral Zone $32,000
Ann Arbor Art Center $65,750 New Sounds Music Inc $19,500
Ann Arbor Film Festival $22,500 Out Loud Chorus   $8,957
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum $76,250 Penny Seats, Inc., The $12,000
Ann Arbor Street Art Fair $15,000 Phoenix Ensemble, The $10,000
Ann Arbor Summer Festival, Inc. $32,000 Purple Rose Theatre Company $38,939
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, Inc. $32,000 Riverside Arts Center $31,500
Ark,The $107,000 SRSLY Coalition   $6,952
Arts Alliance, The $24,000 Theatre Nova $12,500
Arts Alliance, The (Regranting) $55,800 University Musical Society $40,000
Community Action Network Art & Design $15,000 University of Michigan - M Pulse $30,000
Community Music School of Ann Arbor $20,000 University of Michigan - Michigan Radio $27,500
Corner Health Center, The $22,500 University of Michigan - Museum of Art $22,500
Guild of Artists and Artisans, The $35,288 University of Michigan - Prison Creative Arts $22,635
Jazzistry $14,400 White Lotus Farms   $5,625
Kerrytown Concert House $19,500 Wild Swan Theater $24,000
Kickshaw Theatre   $6,250 Youth Arts Alliance! $15,000
Michigan Theater Foundation, Inc. $77,500 Ypsilanti Youth Orchestra   $7,400
The Arts Alliance’s mission is to champion the arts & creative industries in Washtenaw County, MI—arts and creative individuals, organizations and businesses—to ensure that the greater Ann Arbor region remains a great place to create, live, work, learn, play and visit

The intrinsic value of the arts and creativity is and always will be foremost in our efforts. We work as diligently to demonstrate economic and educational value, the interconnectivity of the creative sector to all other sectors and the depth of skills and variety of career paths available to a creative person. As a champion and advocate, The Arts Alliance is a leader, communicating the importance of the sector and working to persuade community leaders and stakeholders to invest in and set public policies that build and sustain arts and creativity in Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Dexter, Manchester, Milan, Saline and Ypsilanti plus the 21 townships in the county.

The Arts Alliance is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). For more information, please go to or contact or 734-213-2733.
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