In June, Binder Park Zoo submitted a grant proposal to the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) for funding to make improvements to the Binda Conservation and Discovery Center (CDC) at the zoo. An additional grant application was also made requesting support for general zoo operations for 2019. Binder Park Zoo was one of 561 applicants to compete for the MCACA fiscal year 2019 funding, and on Tuesday, September 11, Binder Park Zoo was awarded $20,280 for capital improvements to the CDC and $20,000 for operations.
“We are honored and grateful to receive these awards from the MCACA” states Diane Thompson, President & CEO of the zoo, “ they allow us to proceed with much-needed improvements that will not only impact programming here at the zoo, but enhance the overall guest experience as well. Our mission to ’Connect. Inspire Conserve. Connect people with nature and inspire them to conserve.’ will be well served.” Thompson said.
The CDC Building is a multi-purpose building that houses animal exhibits and is often used for education programs, meetings and activities, as well as special events and private rentals; so maintaining this structure is a high priority. While the zoo strives to connect guests with the outdoors and nature, having a warm, dry venue to house cold-blooded animal species and to share conservation messaging with guests is essential for the unpredictable climate in our region. This area provides space for education program participants to learn about animal species and local and global conservation efforts. The building improvements include replacing the roof and flooring- essential upgrades that will provide a clean, safe environment as well as pleasing aesthetics for all of these functions.
The mission of the MCACA is “to encourage, initiate and facilitate an enriched artistic, cultural and creative environment in Michigan”. Binder Park Zoo contributes to the region’s art and culture sector and is recognized as a leading cultural attraction in Michigan.
The MCACA peer review process allows for each grant application to be competitively considered by a panel of both in-state and out-of-state arts and culture professionals. This ensures that the taxpayers, who support this project through legislative appropriations, and visitors, together with the residents of 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 MCACA at (517) 241-4011, or by visiting the MCACA website at www.michigan.gov/arts