‘Listening Tour’ strives to expand arts and culture in U.P. communities

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MARQUETTE — The importance of art in communities across the state is the focus of a U.P. Listening Tour this week.

A representative from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs is looking to hear from Upper Michigan residents about local arts programs, and efforts to fill the void of any lack in funding for other potential projects.

John Bracey, the Executive Director of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, says, “That’s the great thing about arts and cultural organizations all around the state. They’re so rooted in community and who they are, and what’s happening here, and just making their one square mile of the universe the best place it can be. And come on, that’s the kind of citizen you want isn’t it?”

The goal of the sessions is to meet with arts and cultural groups as well as the public to discuss ideas, current projects, and concerns. 

Ever wish you could just sit down and talk about arts funding, from your perspective, without having to pick up the phone or send another flipping email?  Well, here is your big chance.

John Bracey the Executive Director of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) will be meeting with arts and cultural groups and the public to discuss arts and cultural programs and funding. Meetings will last for two hours.

This is not only to begin the MCACA strategic planning process for 2019, but it’s also to share information and concerns about the current environment and to hear about all the great projects you are working on in the U.P.

Sessions will be held: 

Thursday May 25: Escanaba — 1:00 at the Bonifas Fine Art Center

Friday May 26: Sault Ste. Marie — 1:00 at the Bayliss Library

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