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Lake Michigan College receives state grant for cultural programming

Lake Michigan College receives state grant for cultural programming

Lake Michigan College has been awarded a $21,000 Project Support Grant from the Michigan Arts and Cultural Council (MACC) for its 2022-2023 Lake Michigan College Mendel Center season. The grant supports the presentation of the following season performances and speaker events:

“Support from the state of Michigan through the Michigan Arts and Cultural Council is vital for the continuation of the work Lake Michigan College does through Mendel Center programming as a part of the Visual & Performing Arts Department,” said LMC President Dr. Trevor Kubatzke. “These performances and speaker events provide individuals, families, and friends in southwest Michigan with important opportunities to connect through shared experiences and to explore the world around us through the arts.”

MACC Project Support Grants assist in funding the production, presentation, and creation of arts and culture that promote public engagement, diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening and livability of communities through the arts. They are awarded through a competitive, peer review process. Organizations receiving MACC grants are required to match those funds with other public and private dollars.

“We are grateful for the support from our corporate sponsors, partner organizations, and dedicated volunteer corps. Their commitment to the arts and culture in our region strengthens our ability to attract this important grant funding,” said Kubatzke. “We also want to express our appreciation to MACC and our elected government officials for recognizing the value our programming brings to the quality of life in southwest Michigan.”

The MACC peer review process allows for each grant application to be competitively considered by a panel of in-state and out-of-state arts and cultural professionals. This ensures that the taxpayers who support this project through legislative appropriations and all other visitors and residents in Michigan will have access to the highest quality arts and cultural experiences.

A complete list of grant awards around the state is available by contacting MACC at (517) 241-4011, or by visiting the MACC website at

About The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College
Lake Michigan College raised the curtain on the first Mendel Center season performance in the fall of 1992. Since that time, it has presented season performances to more than half a million patrons in the 1,559-seat Mendel Center Mainstage Theatre. Grand Upton Hall, first opened in 1979 and fully renovated in 2019, is a 13,700-square-foot venue serving the community as the host site for meetings, banquets, trade shows, weddings, and other celebrations. The 229-seat Hanson Theatre, which was renovated in 2020, is the performance hub for LMC students and is used by community organizations for a variety of performance events. The Mendel Center is home to the Lake Michigan College Visual & Performing Arts Department and provides students with the opportunity to study theatre, instrumental and vocal music, dance, drawing, painting, and more in a venue that attracts up to 100,000 patrons annually.

The Mendel Center is 30 minutes from Niles and 40 minutes from the Kalamazoo and South Bend areas. It is located on the Lake Michigan College campus at 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, Michigan, one mile east of I-94 (Exit 30) and one mile west of the US 31 Bypass (exit 24). Its GPS mapping address is 1100 Yore Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI.

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Lake Michigan College Mendel Center 2022-2023 Season Sponsors
Stage Side Sponsors
: 1st Source Bank, Honor Credit Union, Huntington National Bank, Kruggel Lawton CPAs, Meijer, Silver Beach Pizza, Silver Harbor Brewing Company, Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council, Sturgis Bank, TPC Technologies, Wales Wealth Management Group, Whirlpool Corporation.

Platinum Sponsor: Brookview Montessori School, CK Catering, Hungerford Nichols CPA + Advisors, Imperial Furniture, Insurance Management Services, JVIS USA, Pier 33, Siena Heights University, United Federal Credit Union, Wolf Financial Advisory.

Media Partners: 97.5 Y Country, 98.3 The Coast, The Herald Palladium, The Lake 95.7 MailMax, News/Talk 94.9 WSJM, Rock 107 WIRX, Sunny 101.5, SuperHits 103.7

Preferred Partner Hotels: The Inn at Harbor Shores and The Boulevard Inn & Bistro


Posted September 29, 2022

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