Sculpturewalk Chelsea Revitalized

Sculpturewalk Chelsea Revitalized Thanks To The Grant Award From Michigan Council For Arts & Cultural Affairs And The Arts Alliance

Chelsea Area Festivals & Events (CAFE) received a mini-grant in the amount of $3,600 from the State of Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs (MCACA) administered by The Arts Alliance. CAFE is the project manager in collaboration with the City of Chelsea/DDA, Chelsea District Library and the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce.  The grant was awarded through a review panel process and was one of 12 out of 27 applications to compete for $32,000 of available MCACA funding for Region 9. Region 9 includes Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

The Arts & Cultural Projects mini-grant will assist CAFE in overseeing the management, marketing and provision of stipends to participating Artists. This annual outdoor sculpture exhibition will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary. Twelve juried sculptures, many of whom are Michigan artists, will continue to be showcased throughout historic downtown Chelsea. The exhibition has a history of strong community partnership and support. The future vision is to increase the number of installations and expand the footprint. “We welcome sponsors to help underwrite each sculpture,” says Maureen Perdomo, sponsorship coordinator for CAFE.

Chelsea District Library, as part of their sponsorship support has made a financial commitment for two installations to be located on the Library premises as well as providing Docent tours.  “We have been a partner with the SculptureWalk since its beginning … last year we were very excited to be able to give one of the pieces a permanent home at the entrance to the library,” said Linda Ballard, Assistant Director.

The City of Chelsea/DDA is a strong SculptureWalk supporter and has been involved since the inception of the program in 2008 assisting financially and with operational management via the placement and removal of the sculptures. “It is a true community activity that brings vibrancy and excitement to our city. Art is integral to our community, and SculptureWalk is especially important because people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities participate”, said John P. Hanifan, City Manager.

Craig Common, President of CAFE shared, “The project fits CAFE’s mission statement as a not-for-profit organization to enrich Chelsea and the surrounding communities, by promoting the presentation of and participation in quality performing and visual arts throughout the year.” The Chelsea SculptureWalk is free for all visitors and community residents. Many of the sculptures will be available for purchase with the majority of the proceeds going to the artist.

Organizations receiving a MCACA grant award are required to match funds. Local support of the project includes: City of Chelsea / DDA, CAFE and Chelsea District Library. The mini-grant applications are evaluated by review panels comprised of artists, residents and organizational leaders from Region 9. This ensures that 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 is available by contacting MCACA at 517-241-4011 or by visiting the MCACA website. This activity is supported by the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs Minigrant Program, administered by The Arts Alliance.

Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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