2012-04-12 / Lifestyles

Erickson Center receives art grant

The Erickson Center for the Arts (ECA) has been awarded a Program for Operational and Projects Support grant for $6,000 from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) to support their efforts to produce high quality arts programming. The award is part of the $2,088,111 awarded statewide in the form of 218 grants to outstanding nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, educational institutions and municipalities in 41 counties. The MCACA peer review process allows for each grant application to be competitively considered by a panel of in-state and out-of state arts and culture professionals.

The Erickson Center for the Arts is required to match the funds they have been awarded with other public and private dollars. As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, ECA relies heavily on private donations, business sponsorships, in-kind support and thousands of volunteer hours in addition to grant funding. Tom Linscheid, Board President, stated “Without the financial and other assistance from the community members, business sponsors, organizations and visitors to the area, ECA would not be able to offer the quality programming and events we do.”

“The communities receiving these awards gain so much more than their dollar value,” said John Bracey, Executive Director of MCACA. “These grants enhance education, stimulate cultural tourism, and strengthen communities statewide by impacting local economies and creating a better quality of life.”

A Calendar of Events listing for Erickson Center for the Arts is available online at www.ericksoncenter.org. The complete list of grant awards is available online at www.themedc.org/arts.

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