WASHINGTON—Congressman Dan Kildee announced on Tuesday, Jan. 10, $20,000 in new federal funds to support the performing arts in Flint and mid-Michigan.
The grants are being awarded through the National Endowment for the Arts’ Grants for Arts Projects program and Challenge America program. These programs fund public engagement and access to art, including by supporting the creation of art and arts education.
The federal grant recipients include:
- Flint Institute of Music will receive $10,000 to support play development and new work initiatives at the Flint Repertory Theatre.
- Youth Arts: Unlocked in Swartz Creek will receive $10,000 to support visual and performing art workshops for incarcerated youth.
“I am proud to announce new federal resources to help the Flint Institute of Music and Youth Arts: Unlocked continue their work to enrich our community and support our youth,” Kildee said. “In Congress, I will continue to champion the arts for Michiganders.”
“The Flint Institute of Music thanks the National Endowment for the Arts and Congressman Dan Kildee for their support,” aid Rodney Lontine, CEO, Flint Institute of Music.
“It is always so wonderfully appreciated when we receive grants from NEA,” Lontine added. “These monies are invaluable because they not only allow us to continue providing diverse, tangible, quality programs to our community, but they validate the importance of the arts as a whole. We need to continue to work together to ensure we don’t lose what is so beneficial: keeping artists doing what they do best and giving our neighbors the opportunity to be part of it.”
“Youth Arts: Unlocked is honored to have been chosen to receive a NEA Challenge grant,” said Shelley R. Spivack, co-director, Youth Arts: Unlocked.
“The funds will enable us to continue providing quality visual, performing and healing arts workshops to Genesee County youth who are involved in the juvenile justice system,” Spivack added. “We thank Congressman Kildee for his efforts to ensure that such funding is available to programs such as ours.”
Congressman Kildee has supported efforts to increase community engagement in the arts in Congress. In 2022, Kildee announced $55,000 for mid-Michigan performing arts organizations, including Tapology, Inc. and El Ballet Folklorico Estudiantil and the Flint Institute of Music, to help increase community access to culture, dance and theater.
The next Grants for Arts Projects program application deadline is Thursday, February 9, 2023. The deadline to apply for the Challenge America program is Thursday, April 27, 2023. Those interested should visit arts.gov for guidelines and application resources. Organization cannot apply for both program during the same calendar year.