VOGUE THEATRE RESTORATION RECEIVES $40,000 GRANT FROM STATE ARTS AGENCY
MANISTEE, MICHIGAN – The Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) in the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) has approved a $40,000 grant to support the $2.4 million restoration of the Historic Vogue Theatre of Manistee. The grant follows on the heels of the dedication of the new “Pure Michigan” screen at the Vogue in recognition of a $500,000 grant from MEDC and a charitable gift from an anonymous donor of $100,000 that carries a challenge to raise another $100,000.
“The $40,000 grant puts the Vogue over the half-way mark toward meeting their $100,000 challenge match,” said Laura Heintzelman, Executive Director of the Manistee County Community Foundation which was awarded the grant on behalf of the Vogue Theatre. MCCF partnered with the Alliance for Economic Success to secure the grant on behalf of the Vogue’s restoration. The Community Foundation manages the Vogue Theatre Restoration Fund to support capital improvements and an endowment for the long-term maintenance and sustainability of the Theatre. “When the challenge is matched, the campaign will have raised about $2.1 million, only $300,000 short of their goal. This is wonderful news for the Vogue and our community and we’re grateful for MCACA’s support.”
The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) strengthens arts and culture in Michigan by increasing its visibility; supporting arts education; encouraging new, creative and innovative works of art; and broadening cultural understanding. A key conduit for arts and cultural information, MCACA is also a source of arts and culture grant funding. MCACA is governed by a 15-person board appointed by the Governor.
The $40,000 grant was awarded under MCACA’s Capital Improvement grant category that provides funding assistance to Michigan nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and municipalities for the expansion, renovation or construction of cultural facilities. The improvements resulting from these grants enable citizens of all ages and abilities to enjoy more cultural events while increasing their participation within their communities.
“It’s a terrific tribute to Manistee and the Vogue to have the State’s arts organization backing the restoration of the Theatre,” said Steve Brower, Chair of the Vogue’s Capital Campaign and board member and treasurer of the Historic Vogue Theatre of Manistee. “As most know, films are being shown at the Vogue as we wrap up fundraising and construction. We will then turn our focus to raising working capital to jump-start the Theatre’s operating budget.”