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Giving support: Township backs art Art Center application

December 29, 2012
By Kurt Hauglie ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

CALUMET - The Calumet Art Center is hoping to get a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and the CAC director approached the Calumet Township Board of Trustees Friday to ask for support in the effort.

During the trustees' regular meeting, CAC Executive Director Ed Gray said in order for the CAC to be successful in its application for an $80,000 grant to help pay artists who come to the facility to give instructions, the NEA is requiring applicants to have a partner on the application.

"They really want the community to be part of this," Gray said.

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Members of the Calumet Township Board of Trustees approved partnering with the Calumet Art Center in its application for an $80,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant. Trustees unanimously approved the measure Friday at their monthly meeting.

Gray said the instructional classes the CAC offers are gaining popularity.

"We've been getting a 20 percent increase in youth and adults using the center," he said.

If the township became a partner in the grant, Gray said members could make suggestions for its use.

Gray said if the township did become a partner, it would have no financial responsibility or liability. The CAC board of directors would be responsible for administering the grant.

"There's no obligation at all for the township," he said.

The application is due Jan. 14, Gray said, but it will be a while before it's known if it was successful.

"We won't know for two or three months what's going to happen," he said.

Trustees voted unanimously to partner with the CAC on the application pending a review of the application by a township board committee Jan. 2.

In other business, the trustees:

approved the 2013 budget with expected revenues of $650,253 and expected expenses of $648,000, and the 2012 final budget with amendments.

approved the appointment of the current members of the board of review.



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