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Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Awards Grants to Local Organizations

LANSING, April 13, 2010—Ten local non-profit organizations have been awarded a total of $25,900 to fund high-quality artistic or cultural programs through the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs 2010 Regional Regranting Minigrant Program. The Arts Council of Greater Lansing is the regional administrator of this state-wide program, and oversees funding for arts and culture projects in the four-county area of Ingham, Eaton, Clinton and Shiawasee. The funding must be used for programs taking place between April 1 and Sept. 30, 2010.

The 2010 MCACA Minigrant regional recipients include: Community Circle Players, Inc. - Awarded $4,000 to present eight public performances of “The Light in the Piazza,” June 3-13, 2010 at Riverwalk Theatre, 228 Museum Dr. in Lansing.

Native American Arts and Crafts Council - Awarded $4,000 to present the “Riverbank Traditional Pow Wow,” a celebration of Native American culture through songs, dance, food and crafts June 18-20, 2010 at Louis Adado Riverfront Park in downtown Lansing. The event is free and open to the public.

Greater Lansing Gay Men's Chorus – Awarded $1,500 to present two 2-hour performances of “You Can’t Stop the Beat,” featuring music from the 1960s at Lansing Community College’s Dart Auditorium June 4 and 5, 2010.

Happendance, Inc. – Awarded $4,000 to present the “Community Dance Project” April 1- Aug. 15, 2010. The project will be a collaboration with Lansing Community College and Terpsichore’s Mentor and will include professional dancers/choreographers working with novice dancers/choreographers to produce new works of dance for performance by local dancers. Free public performances will be Aug. 4-5, 2010 at LCC’s Dart Auditorium; Aug. 6, 2010 at East Lansing’s (Scene) Metrospace and Aug. 7, 2010 at Old Town’s JazzFest.

Old Town Business and Art Development Association – Awarded $2,230 to support the Old Town BluesFest, a two-day free music festival Sept. 17-18, 2010. The festival will feature 15-20 blues performances and is expected to draw more than 15,000 attendees for entertainment, demonstrations, and workshops.

NorthWest Lansing Healthy Communities Initiative – Awarded $1,230 to facilitate the creation of a mural at Lansing’s Black Child and Family Institute working with children from the Institute and the Ingham County Youth Center. The “Genesee Neighborhood History Mural” will involve 350 community members in its creation during April - September 2010.

City of East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival – Awarded $4,000 to produce the “Summer Solstice Jazz Festival,” two evenings of free jazz music on June 18-19, 2010 in downtown East Lansing in partnership with Michigan State University’s Wharton Center for the Performing Arts and College of Music.

Advent House Ministries, Inc. – Awarded $1,230 to coordinate “Art for All,” a community project serving homeless and low-income individuals through 12 weeks of twice weekly art therapy sessions and once weekly open art studio sessions for participants to create works to be exhibited in a group showing during Old Town JazzFest Aug. 6-7, 2010.

Owosso Community Players – Awarded $1,230 to produce a summer performance of Disney’s “A High School Musical” providing theatrical opportunities for high school and college students as well as a live theater experience for residents of rural Shiawassee County.

Michigan State University, Friends of Theatre at MSU – Awarded $1,480 to support local theatre professionals as guest artists participating in the 50th Anniversary Season of “Summer Circle Theatre” performances. Three free community productions will take place on the MSU campus during summer 2010.

The MCACA Minigrant Program provides financial assistance, on a matching basis, to non-profit organizations that address community need for arts and cultural programming and that require additional limited underwriting to meet that need. Decisions among submitted applications are made by a qualified peer review panel. The Arts Council of Greater Lansing has administered MCACA Minigrants regionally since the inception of the program.

Founded in 1965, the Arts Council of Greater Lansing is a non-profit organization whose mission is to lead, advocate for and advance arts and culture in the capital region. For more information, visit www.lansingarts.org.