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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 was recently awarded an $18,000 Project Support Grant from the State of Michigan Arts and Cultural Council (MACC) for its 2023-2024 Lake Michigan College Mendel Center season. The grant supports the presentation of the following season performances:

“We are grateful for the funding support provided by the Michigan Arts and Culture Council,” said LMC Mendel Center Executive Director George Kendall. “We appreciate the work and consideration of our elected government officials who recognize the value of investing in the arts as part of a strategy to strengthen communities throughout our great state.”

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 must match those funds with other public and private dollars.

“This grant, combined with support from our season sponsors, donors, volunteers, and patrons, elevates the quality of life in our region through the arts and provides people of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to learn and connect through shared experiences,” Kendall added.

The MACC peer review process allows 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


Mendel Center 2023-2024 Season Sponsors

Stage Side Sponsors: Meijer, Sturgis Bank, TPC Technologies, Wales Wealth Management Group,

Platinum Sponsor: CK Catering, Forte Coffee

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, SuperHits 103.7

Preferred Partner Hotels: The Boulevard Inn & Bistro, Hilton Garden Inn Benton Harbor/St. Joseph

Artistic Partners: Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Twin City Players


About the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center

The Lake Michigan College Mendel Center raised the curtain on its first Mendel Center season performance in the fall of 1992. Since then, it has presented performances and guest speakers 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, hosts numerous Lake Michigan College Visual & Performing Arts Department performances as well as a variety of Mendel Center and community events.

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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Posted December 20, 2023

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