Muskegon, Michigan, November 9, 2020—The Block has been awarded a grant of $15,000 from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). The grant was awarded through the MCACA peer review process and was one of more than 500 applications to compete for MCACA fiscal year 2020 funding.
Organizations receiving a MCACA grant award are required to match those funds with other public and private dollars. Corporate support of the project included Consumers Energy, Grand Valley State University, Huntington Bank, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Lorin Industries, Mercy Health, Nichols, PNC Bank, Shoreline Insurance Agency, Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, Warner Norcross & Judd, and individual private donors.
The Block is an innovative performance venue featuring a mixture of jazz, crossover-folk, and classical chamber concerts. Performers at this 125-seat listening room for the musically curious include regional, national and international artists as well as West Michigan Symphony musicians. The Block remains closed due to the pandemic. Performances are being rescheduled or offered online via a new web streamed virtual platform. The next program takes place at 7:30 pm Saturday, November 14. American pianist Claire Huangci will be featured in a performance featuring Liszt’s piano transcription of Beethoven’s “Pastorale” Symphony.
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.
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 www.michigan.gov/arts.