The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs has awarded two grants to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society for the fiscal year 2016-2017.
The first award comes under MCACA’s Operational Support Program in the amount of $20,000 for Program Support, particularly in the area of arts and humanities. The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum has incorporated paintings, ship models, videos and artifacts with its museum exhibits for many years, using fine art to interpret history. Awards are based on performance as measured by how well our organization presents its programs to a large, diverse audience.
The second award is provided under MCACA’s Capital Improvement Program in the amount of $14,000 for Restoration of the White Shoal Lens Exhibit. Members are familiar with this exhibit, realizing that the big 2nd order lens had to stop rotating about 2000 due to mechanical problems. With this financial help from MCACA, and with help from our generous donors through the 2016 Annual Appeal, we are planning to have the lens rotating in the museum gallery again by our opening day of May 1, 2017.
Donations are still being accepted for this project; you may make your donation online at Capital Fund – Annual Appeal; by sending a check to our administrative office; or call Sean Ley, Development Officer, at 800-635-1742.
Ley adds, “We should all remember that state and federal arts grant funding is permanently related to the political climate when it comes to public budgets. With this in mind, we should try to, individually, thank our legislators whenever we have the opportunity – because in a very direct way, such contact helps sustain the Shipwreck Museum.”