Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts receives MCACA grant

FRANKFORT — The Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts has been awarded a grant of $15,000 from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA).

The MCACA strengthens arts and culture in Michigan by increasing its visibility; supporting arts education; encouraging new, creative and innovative works of art; and broadening cultural understanding.

The grant was awarded through the MCACA peer review process and was one of 575 applications to compete for MCACA fiscal year 2018 funding.

“The Art Center staff, volunteers, and Board are incredibly thankful for the continuing support of the Michigan Council for Art and Cultural Affairs. Funding from organizations such as the MCACA are an important part of continuing arts education and expanding arts culture in the community,” said Oliver Art Center executive director Mercedes Michalowski. “It is amazing to receive funding such as this as recognition that our current programs are working and that our program expansion is needed and wanted in the area.”

Organizations receiving a MCACA grant award are required to match those funds with other public and private dollars.

The grant award period of Oct. 1, 2017, through Sept. 30, 2018, will be a time to develop new and expand current programming targeted towards the artist, youth, under served, and long-term residents of our community.

2016 was a terrific year of growth and the staff and board of OAC plan to grow even more in the coming years.

Planned programming will include: expanded youth activities at lower cost, additional year-round programming, new opportunities for artists, and more free events to benefit more community members.

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