Williamston Theatre Receives Grant from the MCACA

=The Williamston Theatre has been awarded a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). The $27,000 grant will support the general operations of the Williamston Theatre for the 2017-2018 Season, which will include six productions and many special programs.

"We're always so grateful for funding that supports our general operating," said Williamston Theatre Executive Director John Lepard. "It keeps the lights on and the doors open, and allows us to continue the work we do. The funding that the MCACA provides through its grant programs is critical to arts organizations throughout the state."

Organizations receiving a MCACA grant award are required to match those funds with other public and private dollars. Local businesses who support the Williamston Theatre's 2017-2018 Season include Cardinal Fabricating, ASAP Printing, The Draggoo-Huber Team of Merrill Lynch, Plante Moran, and the Shubert Foundation. The Williamston Theatre also receives significant private donations and volunteer support from the community.

A vibrant arts and cultural scene is important to strong communities and Michigan's excellent quality-of-life, and ultimately, to Michigan's economy. 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. 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.michiganbusiness.org/community/council-arts-cultural-affairs/.

The Williamston Theatre's current production is the Michigan Premiere of The Taming, written by Lauren Gunderson and directed by Lynn Lammers, in performance now through October 22, 2017. Additional information is available on the Theatre's website at www.williamstontheatre.org or by calling (517) 655-7469.

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