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Arts Council of Greater Lansing Announces 2017 Grant Recipients

More Than $137,000 Awarded to 27 Lansing Area Grantees

LANSING, Mich., April 14, 2017 - The Arts Council of Greater Lansing proudly announces grant funding totaling more than $137,300 to be distributed to area artists and arts organizations. Funding support is provided through the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) Minigrant Program and Ingham County Hotel/Motel Funds for Arts and Tourism.

Awards were announced at the Arts Council’s spring grant ceremony and press event held earlier today at the Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art. Grantees and their projects were presented by Arts Council executive director, Deborah E. Mikula and program manager, Meghan Martin with honorary guests, Ingham County commissioner, Bryan Crenshaw and Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs community development program manager, Jeff Garrett.

The Arts Council is proud to administer these grants to our area artists and arts organizations. “Distributing these dollars to our area artists and arts organizations is something we look so forward to each year,” said Deborah E. Mikula, Arts Council executive director.  “These funds support metro Lansing artists and arts organizations in their work, allowing them to execute art projects, attend conferences and classes and promote the area’s rich cultural activities to outlying areas,” Mikula said. “These grants strengthen the creative community as a whole, and we are so grateful they are available.”

Grants were awarded through each of the following program initiatives:

MCACA Minigrant funding totaling $12,499 for 2017 was awarded to the following recipients:

Capital City Film Festival; Green Bow Music; Jessica Kovan; City of East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival; REO Town Commercial Association; East Lansing Department of Parks, Recreation & Art - All-of-us Express; St. Johns Downtown District Authority; Cole Academy; Michigan State University The Offbeat Journal 

Ingham County Hotel/Motel Funds for Arts and Tourism funding totaling $124,776.04 for 2017 was awarded to the following recipients:

All-of-us Express Children's Theatre; Common Ground Music Festival; East Lansing Art Festival; East Lansing Film Festival; Fenner Conservancy; Impression 5 Science Center; Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan; Lansing Art Gallery; Lansing Symphony Association, Inc.; Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art; Michigan Women's Historical Center & Hall of Fame; MSU Museum; MSU Science Festival; Old Town Commercial Association; REO Town Commercial Association; Summer Solstice Jazz Festival; Wharton Center for Performing Arts and Williamston Theatre.

For further information and detailed descriptions regarding the grant programs, please find information attached or contact Meghan Martin, program manager at (517) 853-7582 or meghan@lansingarts.org.