Ann Arbor Art Center uses $100,000 federal stimulus to reactivate and expand programs

ANN ARBOR, MI — The Ann Arbor Art Center has announced plans to use a $100,000 federal stimulus grant to add staff resources to reactivate and expand programs.

The nonprofit, located at 117 W. Liberty St. downtown, made the list of 567 arts organizations across the country recommended by the National Endowment for the Arts to receive a total of $57.8 million. dollars as part of the US bailout to help the arts and culture sector recover. of the pandemic.

The Art Center has pivoted during the pandemic with both virtual and outreach programming, believing that “art cannot be undone,” President and CEO Marie Klopf said in a statement.

The center is proud that its team has remained intact and is excited to begin welcoming the community back for in-person programs, Klopf said, adding that federal funds will fuel a rapid recovery by enabling and strengthening arts programs. visuals throughout the community.

The American Rescue Plan Act was signed into law in March 2021 and provided $135 million for the arts. This is the third tranche of arts funding.

“Our country’s arts sector has been among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic,” NEA President Maria Rosario Jackson said in a statement. “Funding from the US National Endowment for the Arts bailout will help arts organizations rebuild and reopen. The arts are essential to helping American communities heal, unite, and inspire each other, as well as essential to our nation’s economic recovery.

The NEA’s latest announcement included 10 Michigan organizations set to receive nearly $1.4 million.

In addition to the Ann Arbor Art Center, others on the list include Access on behalf of the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn ($100,000), the Detroit Public Theater ($100,000), Heritage Works in Detroit ( $150,000), the Michigan Opera Theater in Detroit ($150,000), the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts in Detroit ($150,000), the Sphinx Organization in Detroit ($150,000), the Interlochen Center for the Arts ($150,000), the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts ($150,000) and the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians in Peshawbestown ($150,000).

For more information about the Ann Arbor Art Center, including upcoming events, classes, and visual arts opportunities, visit annarborartcenter.org.

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