In 2018, the Anton Art Center awarded more than $44,000 in mini-grants to 19 organizations and individuals in Macomb and Oakland County. The grants, which are made possible through the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, support arts and culture programming and professional or organizational development. This funding is essential for small nonprofits, educational institutions and individuals working in the arts. It allows them to pursue opportunities that enrich our local communities, making them vibrant, desirable places to live, work and play. These opportunities include:
- The Italian Film Festival USA Detroit was awarded $4,000 to present a film competition for young directors and debut films from exciting, new talents in Italian cinema
- The Ferndale Arts & Cultural Commission was awarded $1,900 to complete an inclusivity mosaic
- Zawadi Dismuke was awarded $510 to attend the 2018 Maimouna Keita Dance Co. and KanKouran dance conferences
- Troy High School was awarded $2,197 to support a two-day residency with Motor City Brass Band and guest clinician, Rex Richardson
- Novi Parks and Recreation was awarded $2,197 to produce the family-oriented Sizzling Summer Arts Series
The Anton Art Center is now accepting applications for its next cycle of mini-grants, so if you’re looking for this type of funding for programming that takes place between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019, now is the time to submit for consideration. Funds will be awarded in two categories:
- Arts and culture projects – Organizations may apply for grants of up to $4,000
- Professional and organizational development – Individual professional artists and organizations may apply for grants of up to $1,500
Grants are awarded on a competitive basis. To help organizations and individuals prepare a well-rounded application, the center will host a mini-grant kick-off celebration on Wednesday, May 30 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Anton Art Center’s historic Carnegie Library (125 Macomb Place, Mount Clemens, MI). During the event, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with past mini-grant recipients and learn how mini-grant support helped their programs. All interested parties are welcome at the free celebration. If you have questions, you can contact Greg DeLauro at 586-469-8666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Megan Ochmanek is a communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.