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Marygrove College to Receive National Endowment for the Arts Grant Award to Promote Art in Northwest Detroit

DETROIT, June 8, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Through its grant-making to thousands of nonprofits each year, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) promotes opportunities for people in communities across America to experience the arts and exercise their creativity.

The NEA recently announced that it will make a $20,000 award to Marygrove College for "Arts Engagement in Northwest Detroit: Celebrating Neighborhood Artists".

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, "The NEA is committed to advancing learning, fueling creativity, and celebrating the arts in cities and towns across the United States. Funding these new projects like the one from Marygrove College represents an investment in both local communities and our nation's creative vitality."

Marygrove College will use in-place programs at the College to engage the community and provide a truly unique arts experience. "In partnership with Marygrove College OnStage! and the Institute of Music and Dance at Marygrove College, we are excited to highlight and collaborate with local artists," said Marygrove College Visual and Performing Arts Division Chair, Jordeen Ivanov-Ericson. "Our plan for community engagement is a yearlong series of arts events on campus and in the Northwest Detroit community, culminating in a Festival of the Arts, scheduled for September 2016."

This grant is part of an NEA funding round that will provide $74.3 million nationwide to over 1,000 groups and organizations. To join the Twitter conversation about these NEA grants, please use #NEASpring2015. For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, go to arts.gov.

ABOUT MARYGROVE COLLEGE

Founded by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) in 1905, Marygrove College is an independent liberal arts college and a Catholic institution of higher learning. The College's commitment to the city of Detroit comprises an institutional mission and vision for developing urban leaders. The main campus is situated on 53 wooded acres in northwest Detroit.

ABOUT THE INSTITUTE OF MUSIC AND DANCE

The Institute of Music and Dance (IMD) at Marygrove College stands by its mission to nurture and harness creativity, strengthen technical and performance skills, heighten artistic awareness, and develop a lifelong interest in the arts. Enabling cultural growth, in particular to the youth of our community, by awarding scholarships for those who would otherwise be unable to attend classes and programs has been exceedingly gratifying to families and the Institute of Music and Dance.

ABOUT ONSTAGE!

OnStage! is a multidisciplinary, community-focused, arts outreach effort for children, adolescents, adults, and teachers within the metro Detroit region, with particular emphasis on the City of Detroit. Each season offers master classes, workshops, clinics, lessons, and public performances in music, dance, art, theatre, and literature. Nearly every element of Onstage! is offered for free or at minimal cost to participants. The program is produced and administered by Marygrove College's Institute of Music and Dance and the Division of Visual and Performing Arts.

CONTACT: Erin Piscopink Senior Editor, Manager of Special Projects Marygrove College P: (313) 927-1438 F: (313) 927-1595 episcopi@marygrove.edu www.marygrove.edu

Source:Marygrove College