The Arts Council of Greater Lansing and Ingham County are pleased to announce the 2021 Ingham County Hotel/Motel Funds for Arts and Tourism grantees. This year, grant funds totaling $72,123.07 were distributed to area arts organizations. The arts and tourism awards were given to 11 Capital Region arts and cultural organizations and will support their publicity efforts as well as boost tourism to our area.
“We are so grateful for this grant program and the way it supports our area arts and culture organizations and our region’s tourism,” said Meghan Martin, Arts Council executive director. “We are so happy to be able to administer these grants and are excited for all of our grantees.”
All-of-Us Express Children's Theatre; Broad Art Museum; East Lansing Art Festival; Impression 5 Science Center; Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center; Lansing 5:01; Lansing Symphony Orchestra; Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art; Michigan State University Science Festival; Wharton Center for Performing Arts; and Williamston Theatre.
"These grants offer such a great opportunity for increasing tourism through arts and culture in our Greater Lansing community,” said Julie Pingston, president and CEO of the Greater Lansing Convention & Visitor Bureau. “The funds give our area’s amazing arts and culture organizations an opportunity to reach people outside our region and entice them to come and experience creativity in Greater Lansing.”
“The last year has been hard on our region’s arts & cultural organizations,” noted Martin. “These funds will allow them to market their performances and programming outside the region, which will help improve the health of the organizations and will boost our tourism and our economy. They are a win-win for everyone.”
Ingham County Hotel/Motel Funds for Arts & Tourism were established to support the production of marketing materials to attract out-of-county visitors into Ingham County. These awards are funded by five percent (5%) of Ingham County hotel/motel revenues, per Ingham County Board of Commissioners resolution. Additional dollars were also provided this year through Ingham County American Rescue Plan funds.