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My Town: Schools awarded funding to take students to art hot spots
My Town: Schools awarded funding to take students to art hot spots

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Thousands of students interested in Michigan’s cultural hot spots will now have a set of wheels to get there.

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs this week announced the recipients of its latest round of grants for its Arts & Culture Trek grant program.  The organization is awarding $60,000 to 161 schools across the state, to pay for field trip transportation.  Each grant is worth up to $500 and must be used between Jan. 5, 2015 and March 29, 2015.

"A record-breaking number of Michigan K-12 teachers applied for an Arts & Culture Trek Grant this year, and the vast majority of recipients were awarded the full amount they requested," said Marianne Dorais, Executive Director of Michigan Youth Arts. "From Detroit to Kalamazoo to Flint to Marquette, this program will serve thousands of students from 42 counties across the state."

The Arts & Culture Trek grant program was established in 2012, after a Michigan Youth Arts survey revealed 108,000 students go to school each day without some sort of exposure to the arts, and that 45 percent of schools cited transportation costs as a significant barrier to arts-related field trips.  Since then, the program has allowed approximately 62,000 students to travel to more than 200 destinations, including the Grand Rapids Art Museum and Frederik Meijer Gardens.

The most recent recipients include Cooper Elementary, Kalamazoo Elementary and STEM Academy in Kalamazoo; Stoney Creek Elementary in Comstock Park; Wealthy Elementary in East Grand Rapids; Northview High School; Algoma Christian School, Crestwood Middle School in Kentwood; Appleview Elementary School in Sparta, Parkview Elementary and West Elementary in Wyoming; Montague High School; Campbell Elementary and Lincoln Park Elementary in Muskegon; Black River Public School and Corpus Christi Catholic School in Holland.