Alpena Council Hears Budget Request from Arts Group
Tue, 06 Mar 2018 09:13:34 EST
During their Monday meeting (March 6th), the Alpena City Council reviewed a budget request by the Michigan Arts and Culture Northeast (MACNE) for the 2017 fiscal year.

In a letter from board President Tim Kuehnlein, he asked the council to consider a contribution of five thousand dollars ($5,000.00) for the upcoming year. The money would go towards the Alpena Bi-Path Sculpture Project, namely the History of Industry Sculpture slated for completion this spring/fall.

Future sculptures would have themes of Native American copper processing, fisheries/hunting/farming, lumbering, concrete technology, education/healthcare and recreation/tourism relative to Alpena’s history of industry. The sculptures will be located along the Bi-Path at ACC’s campus near Van Lare Hall and at Washington Avenue Park, bringing a circle of interaction with bike paths around the Wildlife Sanctuary.

Kuehnlein said in the letter to the council, "We know that resources are scarce, but this investment in sculpture will have broad-based impact for our economic and community development efforts relative to arts and culture within the city limits."

City funds will be used to match a Besser Foundation grant of $12,000 in combination with an Alpena County Parks and Recreation Commission grant and additional in-kind donations towards what will be a $60,000 project in final form.

The City Council will consider the request during budget time.


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