State awards $10M in arts grants

Michael H. Hodges
Detroit News Fine Arts Writer

The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs announced on Friday grants for 2015 totaling $9,700,610, with recipients ranging from the Friends of the Porcupine Mountains to Lansing's Capital City Film Festival to the Meadow Brook Theater at Oakland University.

The smallest award, $2,798, went to the Players Guild of Dearborn.

Five organizations pulled in $100,000 apiece, the highest grant level. They were the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Kalamazoo Civic Theater, the Michigan Opera Theater, the Michigan Youth Arts Association and the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts.

The Detroit Zoo won $55,000, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra $48,000, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History $40,000 and the Warren Symphony Orchestra $15,000.

By county, Wayne County organizations did the best at $1,831,887. Oakland County was a near second at $1,062,544, while Macomb groups pulled in $126,200.

To put these numbers in perspective, however, in the late 1980s — when the state directed a lot more money to the arts — the Detroit Institute of Arts alone got about $16 million annually.