Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum Awarded $55,450 in MCACA Grants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – OCTOBER 5, 2015 – ANN ARBOR, MICH. -- The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum recently received a total of $55,450 in three grant awards 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).

In addition to an award for operating support, MCACA also provided funding for a capital improvement project and for professional development. The capital improvement grant will support “Can You Get to Net Zero?,” updating the popular “Building in a Building” exhibition with new interactive exhibits that demonstrate building technologies, energy efficiency, and more, using Michigan-made equipment and products. A MCACA minigrant will help fund a member from the Museum’s education team to attend the 2016 Association of Children’s Museums conference.

“MCACA has been a terrific supporter of the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and other organizations that are making a positive impact on our community,” said Mel Drumm, Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum executive director.  “Grants like those awarded by MCACA are an important source of funding that helps the Museum inspire the wonder of scientific discovery in all ages.”

This is the fourth 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 $9.65 million in grants MCACA awarded to outstanding nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, educational institutions, and municipalities in 52 Michigan 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 290,000 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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