State awards $53,450 to support MCFTA programs
Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, today said he was pleased to receive a letter from the Midland Center for the Arts thanking him for two Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs grants which MCFTA will receive in 2016 totaling $53,750.
The organization will receive $37,500 for operation support and $16,250 for capital improvements.
“Midland Center for the Arts enriches our families and our entire community,” said Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland. “My family has enjoyed our children’s participation in multiple MCFA theater productions over the years, attending their musical and prominent speakers series, the museum, and all the other wonderful opportunities we’re blessed to have in Midland because of MCFTA and those who support it.”
Last season, the MCFTA hosted 126,809 visitors, provided 23,000 students the opportunity to attend a class or event and delivered tours or other outreach programs to 34 school districts.
The program funding is appropriated each year by the state Legislature.
“With sincere appreciation we would like to thank you for the recent grant awards from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs,” Michael D. Hayes, MCFTA president and CEO, wrote in his Oct. 12 letter to Rep. Glenn. “It is because of support like yours that we are able to provide our community with quality cultural events. Thank you for helping to assure the viability of arts and sciences in the Great Lakes Bay Region.”
Other Midland-area 2016 arts grants awarded include $15,000 for Creative 360, $12,000 to Midland County ESA and $5,000 for Midland Chinese Cultural Ongoing Program.
The 2016 MCACA grant program received 585 applications requesting $17.4 million and 462 were awarded a total of $9.65 million.