Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum Awarded $32,000 MCACA Grant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- ANN ARBOR, MICH -- JANUARY 21, 2015 -- The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum recently received a $32,000 grant award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA), a statewide agency charged with assuring access to and the opportunity to participate in quality arts and cultural programs, and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The grant will support the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum’s facility, exhibits, and programs.

“The MCACA and NEA grant funding will help the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum continue to achieve its mission of inspiring young minds and delivering STEaM education in a fun, engaging, and memorable way,” said Mel Drumm, executive director, Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. “The Museum’s staff and volunteers are thrilled to have been recognized by MCACA and NEA, who validate the quality and impact of our work.”

This is the third year in a row that MCACA awarded grant funding to the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. MCACA held 20 separate panels and used the services of 98 professionals to determine eligibility for grant awards.

The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum award was part of a total of $9.7 million in grants that MCACA awarded to 422 outstanding nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, educational institutions, and municipalities in 55 counties.

MCACA, part of the Michigan Strategic Fund/Michigan Economic Development Corporation, serves to encourage, develop, and facilitate an enriched environment of artistic, creative, and cultural activity in Michigan.

About the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

Offering more than 250 interactive exhibits, the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum attracts over 280,000 visitors annually who discover the wonder of science, technology, engineering, art and math. In addition to exhibits and public programming, the Museum offers award-winning distance learning and outreach programming to schools, libraries, and community centers statewide and around the world. Visit or call 734.995.5439 for more information.


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