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Arts Council of Greater Lansing announces 2020 grant recipients 

A total of $32,500 distributed to area artists and organizations 

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 TUESDAY, Nov. 26 — The Arts Council of Greater Lansing announced the grant funding totaling $32,500. Funding support is provided through the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) Minigrant Program, the Arts Council's Young Creatives and Chris Clark Grant Programs. 

Awards were announced earlier today at the Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art (MICA) in Old Town Lansing. The 19 grantees presented their projects as part of the Arts Council’s fall grant ceremony. Members of the Arts Council were joined in honoring the recipients by Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs representative Jackie Lillis-Warwick and local artist, Ben Graham of the Ben Graham Group. 

"Presenting these grants to our area artists and arts organizations is one of the most rewarding components of what we do at the Arts Council of Greater Lansing," said Meghan Martin, Arts Council interim executive director. "Our work as grant administrators for the region is a key component of our mission to support and strengthen the arts in Greater Lansing. This funding helps to grow our economy and provides more opportunities for the creative industry as a whole," Martin said. 

Missy Cooke, the founder of Lansing Hoops, promotes health and wellness goals of libraries, schools and businesses through hula hooping classes. Earlier this year, she invented an eco-friendly way for fire hoopers to dispense gasoline and has already had success with her prototype. She received the Chris Clark Fellowship for supplies to build the mold and increase her production. 

The Lansing Art Gallery and Education Center received three grants this year from the Arts Council of Greater Lansing. The MCACA POD Minigrant and Chris Clark Fellowship will send Barb Whitney, the executive director, and Katrina Daniels, the exhibitions and gallery sales director, to national conferences to learn about national trends and network with other galleries. The third grant will go towards scholarships for students participating in summer art camps. 

Grants were awarded through each of the following program initiatives: 

MCACA POD Minigrant funding totaling $4,000 for 2020 was awarded to the following recipients: 

Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center, Michigan Library Association and the Capital City Film Festival 

 MCACA Arts Project Minigrants funding totaling $13,000 was awarded to the following recipients: 

Meridian Community Band, Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art, Michigan Disability Rights Coalition, REO Town Commercial Association 

 Young Creatives Grant funding totaling $7,500 for 2020 was awarded to the following recipients: 

  All-of-us Express Children's Theatre, Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center, Michigan State University Community Music School, Red Cedar Writing Project, Michigan State University Writing Center and REACH Studio Art Center 

  Chris Clark Fellowship funding totaling $8,000 for 2020 was awarded to the following recipients: Katrina Daniels, Patricia Villanueva, James Brinkmann, Missy Cooke, Marissa Tawney Thaler, Kate Cosgrove and Katherine Erickson 

  For further information and detailed descriptions regarding the grant programs, please contact Taylor Haslett, program manager at (517) 853-7582 or taylor@lansingarts.org. 

  

 

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