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MCACA and Arts Midwest grant awarded


The Hiawatha Music Co-op has been awarded a grant of $3,000 from the Arts Midwest and State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). The grant was awarded through the MCACA peer review process and was one of hundreds applications to compete for MCACA fiscal year 2020 COVID-19 Relief  funding.

This funding will assist Hiawatha in moving forward in presenting Yooper Uke Week 2020.  Although it will be presented with all local, state and national social distancing guidelines, we look forward to hosting Michigan’s Ukulele Ambassador, Ben Hassenger once again.  We look forward to a concert, some workshops and learning more about the ukulele.  

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.


                                                         photo courtesy of Nathan Bett

State Rep. Sara Cambensy, right presented Hiawatha Music Co-op Board President Katrina Keough and Hiawatha Music Festival Information Coordinator Bobby Glenn Brown with a State of Michigan Special Tribute award in honor of the festival’s 40th anniversary on Sunday. The award, which was signed by Cambensy along with Gov. Rick Snyder, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, and state Sen. Tom Casperson, gives gubernatorial and congressional recognition to the success of the festival. (Photo courtesy Nathan Bett)

The Hiawatha Music Co-op sends its’ heartfelt “Thank You” to MCACA and Arts Midwest for their generous grant funding to help us ‘keep the music going’!