The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs has awarded two grants to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society for the fiscal year 2017-2018.
The first award comes under MCACA’s Operational Support Program in the amount of $28,000 for Program Support, 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 $24,500 for Construction of a Boat Exhibit Display on the north end of our new Motor Lifeboat House. This will allow us to park our 36-foot USCG Motor Lifeboat outdoors for public viewing; to move it inside during the off-season months; and provide a new walkway along the woods directly to the restrooms in the new gift shop.
Donations are being accepted for this project; you may make your donation online at Historic Restoration at the Whitefish Point Light Station(link to the Annual Appeal below); by sending a check to our administrative office; or call Sean Ley, Development Officer, at 800-635-1742.
“We should all remember that state and federal arts grant funding is permanently related to the political climate when it comes to public budgets,” says Ley. “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. Part of MCACA funding comes from the National Endowment for the Humanities.”