The Erickson Center for the Arts’ Board of Directors is very grateful to all our donors near and far for their enduring support. Our efforts continue to further the vision of the Erickson Center as the heart of Northern Michigan’s cultural and artistic activities.
The majority of our operating budget relies on the financial support of our donors. Thousands of hours are donated by over 120 dedicated volunteers ensure that financial donations from individuals, organizations and businesses make the Erickson Center for the Arts a successful organization.
Our goal is to develop additional events, classes and programs to better serve you, your family, friends, future generations, and the Curtis community. However, it will take continual funding to accomplish these goals. Whether you are a year round or seasonal resident of our community or a visitor who vacations in our area, your donation will support a cause that will enrich the mind, body and spirit of many. Thank you for your financial consideration. Your generosity will help make the Erickson Center for the Arts a source of pride for all of us.
The Erickson Center for the Arts has both an endowed fund and an unendowed fund established with the Community Foundation of the Upper Peninsula. Our endowed fund uses the earnings in accordance to our board approved spending policy for sustaining operations of the organization. The donations (principal) are not used. Once a fund is endowed it is endowed forever and cannot be changed. Unendowed funds may use both the earnings and principal. The Erickson Center’s unendowed fund is utilized for capital improvements and planning. Please contact us at 906-586-9974 for additional information on either fund.
Arts & Education Level Capital Campaign Now Completed
In September 2011 a capital campaign was launched to fund Phase 2 of the Erickson Center project. The project was completed with the Grand Opening of the Arts and Education Level (lower level) in June 2012. The additional space provides classrooms for art and cultural education, gallery space to display the work of local artists, studio space for guest artists to create original art works and conference rental space. Many pieces of art are for sale in the Waterfront Gallery & Gifts on a commission basis. The additional space also includes an administrative office and storage areas.
Grant funding is an important part of Erickson Center for the Arts' annual fund development campaign. Often times, events or programs would not be possible without the support of grant funding. Grants are written and submitted on a regular basis whenever a clear match for potential funding is identified. The following organizations and foundations have awarded Erickson Center for the Arts grant funding in 2013.
The Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs has awarded an Operational Support grant to the Erickson Center for the Arts. The grant was awarded through the MCACA peer review process for MCACA fiscal year 2013 funding. In addition, they have also awarded a Capital Improvement Grant for parking lot & driveway paving.
Michigan Humanities Council The Michigan Humanities Council announced the Erickson Center for the Arts has been awarded a 2013 Arts and Humanities Touring grants. The grant will assist in funding the "Boogie Woogie Babies" performance on August 4th.
The Manistique Lakes Area Tourism Bureau donated funds for the express purpose of providing advertising of events that promote tourism in the Manistique Lakes area in 2012-2013.
NEA has awarded a portion of the grant funding received through the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs for Operational Support.