Special Edition:  MCACA FY2020 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 arts and cultural organizations and artists are to receive more than $1 million in grants from the Michigan Council for Art and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) for the FY2020 funding cycle. MCACA announced $9.6 million in grants statewide at its council meeting. Washtenaw County received the second highest funding allocation in the state following Wayne County ($1.8M).

“It’s clear to see that the State of Michigan has made a major investment in arts and culture through the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs,” said Deb Polich, The Arts Alliance president/CEO. “The grants received by The Arts Alliance and our colleagues directly impact the quality of life, as well as education, economy and tourism throughout the state. And we see that impact every day here in Washtenaw County.”

The Arts Alliance received a general operating support grant to invest in its work on behalf of the arts + creative industries throughout Washtenaw County. As the MCACA administrator for the Region 9 Regranting program, The Arts Alliance also received $41,300 to redistribute to applicants in Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe and Washtenaw counties. 

These grants are made in two categories: Arts & Cultural Projects and Professional & Organizational Development. The applications are reviewed by panels comprised of artists, residents and organizational leaders from Region 9. The panels carefully considered each application based on criteria set by MCACA. Funding for FY2020 is awarded to 21 of 45 applicants.


Region 9 Minigrants Awards

Arts & Cultural Project Grants County City  Grant Award
Hillsdale County Schools Hillsdale Hillsdale $2,000
Jackson District Library Jackson Jackson $3,200
Adrian District Library Lenawee Adrian $2,300
City of Tecumseh DDA Lenawee        Tecumseh        $3,200
Livingston Arts Council Livingston Howell $2,000
Akshara  Washtenaw   Ann Arbor $2,200
Ann Arbor Public Schools Washtenaw Ann Arbor $2,300
Copper Color Mountain Arts Washtenaw Ann Arbor $3,200
Jodie Randolph Dance Company Washtenaw Ann Arbor $2,200
WonderFool Productions Washtenaw Ann Arbor $3,200
St. James' Episcopal Washtenaw Dexter $1,000
Erickson Elementary Washtenaw Ypsilanti $3,200
Neighborhood Theatre Group Washtenaw Ypsilanti $2,000

Professional & Organizational
County City  Grant Award
Ella Sharp Museum Jackson Jackson $1,250
Adrian Symphony Orchestra Lenawee Adrian $1,075
Community Music School
of Ann Arbor
     Washtenaw          Ann Arbor      $1,275
Kerrytown Concert House Washtenaw Ann Arbor $1,000
The Ark Washtenaw Ann Arbor $1,150
Saline Arts and Culture Washtenaw Saline $1,300
Juliet Hinely Washtenaw Ypsilanti $1,100
Voices in Harmony Washtenaw Ypsilanti $1,150

The Arts Alliance is the arts + creative industry authority in Washtenaw County. Its mission is to: champion Creative Washtenaw— the creative individuals, organizations, businesses and government agencies who are the arts and creative industries—to ensure that the greater Ann Arbor, Michigan region remains a great place to create, live, work, learn, play and visit.

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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