Greater Kalamazoo Arts Council Reaches Funding Goal of $ 100,000

KALAMAZOO, MI – The Greater Kalamazoo Arts Council has officially raised its 2020 annual appeal target of $ 100,000, the organization said in a press release.

The $ 100,000 was raised by attracting more than $ 50,000 in public donations, as well as dollar-for-dollar matching of $ 50,000 from an anonymous donor, the statement said.

Funds raised through the annual appeal allow the Arts Council to provide the necessary resources to help artists continue to grow and prosper, by supporting dance, theater, music, public art and other media. cultural, according to the press release.

The Arts Council provides access to a wide range of artistic and cultural opportunities through grants, promotion, advocacy, and free programs in the seven county region it serves.

“We cannot express our gratitude to the community, donors and supporters for helping to make this goal a reality,” Arts Council Executive Director Kristen Chesak said in the statement. “As the world around us has evolved over the past few months, there are so many stories of hope and positivity occurring within artistic and cultural communities.

88% of the Arts Council’s budget goes directly to support community programs like Art Hop, Summertime Live, All Ears Theater, Art on the Mall, as well as tax sponsorship and grant programs, the Arts Council said.

This year, the Arts Council has distributed thousands to local artists of all mediums as part of the Kalamazoo Art Development Initiative. The grant funded travel programs to demonstrate recording projects on community murals.

“This funding ensures that we can stay engaged in a creative expression that defines who we are as a community and makes Kalamazoo a vibrant and special place to live,” said Chesak. “We couldn’t exist without this generous support.”

The Greater Kalamazoo Arts Council is one of 10 regional agencies that help allocate funds from the Michigan Arts and Cultural Affairs Council for mini-grants and professional development efforts. The service area includes the following counties: Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and Van Buren.

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