national endowment for the arts http://michiganradio.org en A delicate piece of art history in Jackson, Michigan is geting a little help http://michiganradio.org/post/delicate-piece-art-history-jackson-michigan-geting-little-help <p>A piece of Jackson’s art history, which narrowly avoided the wrecking ball, may soon have new life.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 28' x 9' glass mural depicting the history of electric power hung in Consumers Energy’s old Jackson headquarters for more than four decades. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>Preservationists were able to save it from the wrecking ball that brought the building down last year. The mural was disassembled and has been in storage ever since.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The plan now is to reconstruct the glass mural, replace its internal lighting system, and build a new outdoor display to house the mural.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The mural would be placed on the grounds of a new city park being built on the site of the old Consumers Energy headquarters.</span></p><p>“We hope to be able to have the new mural in place by….this time next year,” says Grant Bauman, whose part of the team working on the project.</p><p>He says the glass mural will add to the mix of public art in downtown Jackson.</p><p>This month, the project received a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Organizers still need to raise about $200,000 for the glass mural project.</p><p>A Consumers Energy spokesman says the company has contributed to the preservation of the mural in the past, but has not committed to donating to the current project.</p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:40:10 +0000 Steve Carmody 18388 at http://michiganradio.org A delicate piece of art history in Jackson, Michigan is geting a little help Flint uses art to tackle important issues surrounding the city http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-uses-art-tackle-important-issues-surrounding-city <p>The city of Flint is currently working on a master plan to help shape the city’s future in the next 20 years. Part of that plan involves the role of arts.</p><p>Recently the National Endowment for the Arts gave a grant to hire nine artists who live in each of the city’s wards to explore the role arts can have in the community and get residents involved in the master plan.</p><p>One of those artists, Andrew Morton, is the artistic director of the Shop Floor Theatre Company in Flint, and he joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 21:14:42 +0000 Stateside Staff 13278 at http://michiganradio.org Flint uses art to tackle important issues surrounding the city NEA grant used to create "free to low-fee" legal service for artists http://michiganradio.org/post/nea-grant-used-create-free-low-fee-legal-service-artists <p>The National Endowment for the Arts recently awarded $340,000 to Michigan arts groups.</p><p>This round of grants went to support events like the <a href="http://detroitjazzfest.com/">International Jazz Festival</a> in Detroit, and the <a href="http://www.thegilmore.org/">Gilmore Keyboard Festival</a> in Kalamazoo. You can see a <a href="http://www.arts.gov/grants/recent/12grants/states1/12_states1.php?STATE=MI">full list here</a>.</p><p>The advocacy group <a href="http://www.artservemichigan.org/">ArtServe Michigan</a> got a $25,000 grant to create a new program to help artists navigate the law. Cezanne Charles is with ArtServe, and she says the nonprofit plans to hold workshops next year about intellectual property rights, how to start an LLC, even how to buy a building:</p><p>&quot;In a lot of states that we&rsquo;ve talked to, this is not something that artists can regularly do. But in our unique state, this is something that a lot of artists are doing and a lot of creative businesses are doing.&quot;</p><p>The Lawyers for a Creative Economy program will provide free consultations and lawyer referrals, as well as legal services to artists on a sliding scale or pro bono basis. Mon, 28 Nov 2011 13:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 5140 at http://michiganradio.org NEA grant used to create "free to low-fee" legal service for artists