By BTL Staff
Community Circle Players, Inc., doing business as Riverwalk Theatre, has been awarded two grants by the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA), including a Technology Improvement grant for $16,250 and an Operational Support grant for $18,750. The Technology Improvement award will be used to update sound and lighting controls systems used for theatrical productions. The Operational Support grant, which includes $1,810 provided to the Council by the National Endowment for the Arts, is intended to cover administrative costs, marketing, publicity and promotion during the period from Jan. 1 to Sept. 30, 2015. The grants were awarded through the MCACA peer review process and selected from 494 applicationsfor 2015 funding.
Riverwalk Theatre was congratulated by State Representative Andy Schor “for supporting and promoting community arts programs and activities that provide art demonstrations, discussions and engagement opportunities to help educate members of our community.”
Organizations receiving MCACA grant awards are required to match those funds with other public and private dollars. Local support of the projects mentioned include Riverwalk Theatre Members, IBM Corporation, Mariel Foundation, LBWL, Joe D. Pentecost Foundation, Jackson National Community Fund, Consumer’s Energy and other local businesses.
The MCACA peer review process allows for each grant application to be competitively considered by a panel of in-state and out-of-state arts and culture professionals. This ensures the taxpayers who support this project through legislative appropriations, and all other visitors or residents in Michigan, will have access to the highest quality arts and cultural experiences.
Riverwalk Theatre’s next production will be “The Little Dog Laughed,” running Feb. 27-March 1 and then March 6-8. The comedy-drama depicts a hot young Hollywood actor up for the role of a lifetime, while his agent does everything in her power to keep his “slight recurring case of homosexuality” under wraps.
A complete list of grant awards around the state is available by contacting MCACA at 517-241-4011 or by visiting the MCACA website at http://www.michiganbusiness.org