MCACA Minigrants Benefit Northern Michigan Arts & Cultural Organizations


Twelve arts & cultural groups from five counties in the greater Grand Traverse region have been approved for minigrant funds through the Michigan Council for the Arts & Cultural Affairs (MCACA) Regranting Program for local projects  and professional development planned between January 1 and September 30, 2014.  The organizations will share $28,500 in total funding.  The MCACA regrant program is administered locally through NorthSky Nonprofit Network in Traverse City.

Regional organizations receiving mingrant project grant awards include:

  • TBA-ISD for Art Escapes with ACT-TC ;
  • Archipelago Project for its Archipelago Summer Music Camp;
  • Art Rapids for Walk of Art;
  • Building Bridges with Music for Stop the Bullying Workshops;
  • Darcy Library of Beulah for its Off the Page Writers Series;
  • Friends of Fine Arts at Suttons Bay Schools for Art Enrichment Programs;
  • Glen Arbor Art Association for the Manitou Music Festival’s Dune Climb Family Concert;
  • Manistee Jaycees Roots on the River concert series;
  • Northport Community Arts Center for its production of Fiddler on the Roof;

Organizations receiving minigrants for professional and organizational development include:

  • Great Lakes Children’s Museum
  • ISLAND, Institute for Sustainable Living, Art & Design;
  • Michigan Legacy Art Park.

MCACA regranting goals are to address arts & cultural needs, increase public access to arts and culture, build capacity and support projects that preserve, produce or present traditional or contemporary arts and culture.   The grants are funded by the State of Michigan through the Michigan Arts and Cultural Affairs and administered through 19 local districts.  NorthSky is administering District 10 funding for Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee and Wexford counties.

In addition to minigrant funding, MCACA awarded $519,392 to 17 large organizations in the eight county district for operational and project support, facilities and equipment improvements and arts in education.  Regional recipients by county include:

  • Benzie, $106,000:  Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts, Michigan Legacy Art Park;
  • Grand Traverse, $306,760:  Artcenter Traverse City, City Opera House, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, History Center of Traverse City, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Northwester Michigan College/Dennos Museum Center, Old Town Playhouse, Parallel 45, Inc., Traverse City Film Festival, Traverse Symphony Orchestra.
  • Leelanau, $19,500:  Leelanau Community Cultural Center, Leland Public School District
  • Manistee, $49,632:  Kaleva Norman-Dickson School District, Manistee County Community Foundation
  • Wexford, $37,500:  City of Cadillac

For questions or notification of future arts funding information, please contact Mary Bevans Gillett, regrant coordinator, at 231-883-8388 or

NorthSky Nonprofit Network is a program of Rotary Charities and supports the work of the nonprofit sector through advocacy, capacity building, and sustainability support. Its mission is to build strong communities by helping nonprofit organizations achieve and sustain excellence. NorthSky is an official satellite office of the MichiganSmallBusiness & TechnologyDevelopmentCenter, servicing nonprofit organizations.

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