Chelsea Area Festivals & Events awarded grant from Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs

Chelsea:  Chelsea Area Festivals & Events (CAFE) has been awarded a minigrant of  $2,750 from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). CAFE is one of six organizations that received grants in the final round of funding for Region 9 that includes Hillsdale, Jackson, Livingston, Lenawee and Washtenaw counties. Creative Washtenaw administers this program on behalf of MCACA.

Crystal Scott, Visual Arts Coordinator for CAFE commented “This grant is important and will assist CAFE in the management and oversight of the exhibition. We are continuously seeking ways to enhance visitors’ enjoyment of SculptureWalk Chelsea.” CAFE recently invested in larger, more visible plaques at each of the sculptures.

This annual outdoor exhibition will be celebrating its 12th anniversary.  Fourteen juried sculptures, the majority created by Michigan Artists continue to be showcased throughout historic downtown Chelsea. Each exhibiting Artist receives a stipend of $850, an increase from the previous year.

The exhibition has a history of strong community partnership and support. A recent example is the purchase of a sculpture, one of two that have been on display at the Chelsea District Library. “The Chelsea District Library is pleased to add the metal sculpture, Elk Bugling, to its art collection. This intriguing acquisition created with a wide variety of found objects will continue to invigorate the public space surrounding the library and embody the library’s mission to engage and inspire the community. It is sure to delight visitors for years to come!” commented Lori Coryell, Library Director.

Community support also comes in the form of sponsorships; each of the 14 sculptures is financially sponsored by local businesses. The City of Chelsea has provided financial assistance and support with the installation and removal of the sculptures in this rotating annual exhibit.

Craig Common, President of CAFE shared his appreciation, “We are thankful for MCACA’s confidence and ongoing support of this visual art project that has become an integral part of the visual and cultural arts community in Chelsea.”

MAIN PHOTO: Crystal Scott, Visual Arts Coordinator

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