Big drop in state grants for the arts in Michigan

Posted on: April 1, 2010

In Wednesday’s (4/1) Detroit News, Michael H. Hodges reports, “The state-run Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs announced grants Wednesday worth $1.5 million, given to 161 organizations in 35 counties across the state. In Wayne County, Council recipients ranged from the great—$20,000 to both the Detroit Institute of Arts and Detroit Symphony Orchestra, $10,000 to the Detroit Historical Society, and $7,500 to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History—to the small and scrappy. In the latter category, the Mosaic Youth Theatre was awarded $10,000, Detroit’s Scarab Club $5,000 and the Heidelberg Project $3,700. … The total amount of grants this year pales in comparison to just a few years ago, thanks to the state’s fiscal crisis. In 2005, for example, the Council had $26 million to distribute across the state, compared to just over $2 million this year—a drop of 92 percent.”

Posted April 1, 2010