U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell announces $120,000 in grants toward arts and culture

WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI -- U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, has announced that $120,000 in National Endowment of the Arts grant funding will go to seven recipients in the 12th Congressional District. During the last five years, the NEA has awarded 37 direct grants throughout the 12th District, totaling nearly $899,000 and impacting more than 452,900 residents, according to a news release from Dingell’s office. Current grant recipients are:Ann Arbor Film Festival, which received a $20,000 media arts grantDzanc Books, which received a $10,000 literary arts grantAnn Arbor Teen Center, which received a $20,000 visual arts grantThe Ark, which received a $10,000 folk and traditional arts grantUniversity Musical Society, which received a $30,000 multidisciplinary works grantUniversity of Michigan, which received a $10,000 literary arts grantUniversity of Michigan Museum of Art, which received a $20,000 museums grant“Arts and culture don’t just inspire creativity in people of all ages, they help power our local economies and bring joy to countless families,” Dingell said in the release. “With this federal funding, we will help local programs strengthen the arts and open doors of opportunities for so many of our neighbors. I look forward to working with these local cultural institutions as they utilize this funding in the weeks and months ahead.”Read more from The Ann Arbor News:FoolMoon festival goers can light up Ann Arbor, support local businessesAnn Arbor OKs St. Patrick’s Day street closure for Conor O’Neill’s pubKids can sign up for free cooking, nutrition classes with St. Joe’s Ann Arbor