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15 Washtenaw County nonprofits receive relief funding from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs

The relief grants are intended to help with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The relief grants are intended to help with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Natallia Rak/ Pexels)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs has awarded emergency relief funding grants to 15 arts and culture nonprofits in Washtenaw County.

The organizations each received one-time grants varying from $2,000 to $3,000 to give relief from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds are intended to support the salary of one or more employees, fees for artists or personnel and facility costs.

MCACA launched the Emergency Relief Fund program in April and has awarded $502,400 in funding to 176 nonprofit organizations around Michigan. Funds were provided by the National Endowment for the Arts through the CARES Act. An additional $83,834 was secured from Arts Midwest to help 28 more organizations.

“Today’s Emergency Relief Fund grants are providing immediate support to our state’s arts and cultural organizations as they work to economically recover from the COVID-19 virus,” said MCACA director Alison Watson in a statement.

“We’re thankful for the support from our partners at Arts Midwest in assisting these organizations that add so much value to Michigan’s economy and bolster the creative life of our communities. It is vital that we do everything we can to restore economic prosperity for all Michiganders to not only recover economically, but to thrive.”

These are the Emergency Relief Fund recipients in Washtenaw County:

  • Ann Arbor Art Center
  • Ann Arbor Street Fair
  • Ann Arbor Summer Festival
  • Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
  • Friends of the Ypsilanti Youth Orchestra
  • Great Lakes Performing Artist Associates
  • Kerrytown COncer House
  • Measure for Measure
  • Purple Rose Theatre
  • Riverfolk
  • The Arts Alliance
  • The Guild of Artists & Artisans
  • Theatre Nova
  • UMS
  • Washtenaw Community Concert Band

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