Ella Sharp Museum Receives Grant from MCACA

Posted at 11:09 AM, Sep 21, 2018

The Ella Sharp Museum has been awarded $20,000 from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). MCACA is in part supported by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and this award includes funds from both MCACA and the NEA. The grant was awarded through the MCACA peer review process and was one of 559 applications to compete for MCACA fiscal year 2019 funding.

The MCACA grant will be used for operating support, helping to ensure the Ella Sharp Museum can provide opportunities for everyone to explore, engage in, and enjoy history, the arts, and science. The funds will support the creation of new exhibits, mission-based programming, and community outreach. The Ella Sharp Museum acts as a cultural center with the help of its members, donors, sponsors and volunteers from the community.

Organizations receiving a MCACA grant award are required to match those funds with other public and private dollars. The generous and loyal support of local foundations, business sponsors, and museum members enable Ella Sharp Museum to meet the match requirement.


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

About the Ella Sharp Museum

The Ella Sharp Museum, founded in 1965, offers programs, exhibits and experiences preserving community history, advancing art appreciation and understanding, connecting children with science and, through the Cell Block 7 Museum, explores Jackson’s prison history. Our 10 acre campus includes the Hadwin Center with exhibit galleries, program spaces, rental facilities, and offices; the Merriman Sharp farmhouse, a one-room schoolhouse, a log cabin, barn and other historic structures; and the Hurst Planetarium. Our mission focuses on providing opportunities to connect our community with history, the arts, and science.

Contact the Ella Sharp Museum at 517.787.2320 or visit our website at

Source: Press Release