The Kalamazoo Poetry Festival receives $10,000 from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jan. 1, 2017

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Stacy Nowicki

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Stacy.Nowicki@kzoo.edu

The Kalamazoo Poetry Festival receives $10,000 from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs

The Kalamazoo Poetry Festival received a $10,000 grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs to provide operational support for the 2017 poetry festival. The grant was awarded through the MCACA peer review process, one of 559 applications from across the state that competed for MCACA fiscal year 2017 funding.

As all organizations receiving a MCACA grant award are required to do, the Kalamazoo Poetry Festival matched the funds with other public and private dollars.

The MCACA peer review process allows for each grant application to be competitively considered by a panel of in-state and out-of-state arts and culture professionals. This ensures the taxpayers, who support this project through legislative appropriations, and all other visitors or residents in Michigan have access to the highest quality arts and cultural experiences.

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. A key conduit for arts and cultural information, MCACA is also a source of arts and culture grant funding.

We thank MCACA for supporting us in building an arts organization for present and future generations.

A complete list of grant awards around the state is available from MCACA at (517) 241-4011 or at the MCACA website at bit.ly/MCACA2017 

http://www.michiganbusiness.org/cm/Files/MCACA/2017_Funding_Plan_Program.pdf?rnd=1482863496349

Upon hearing of the award Rep. Jon Hoadley said the state has an important role in supporting the arts as they help create communities people want to visit, live and raise families. “This is of particular importance for small but growing organizations like the Kalamazoo Poetry Festival which are building events that contribute to the rich cultural offerings of the community,” Hoadley said. “The Kalamazoo area is richer as a result of this support through the MCACA.”