Arts & Culture
The arts and cultural scene in our community is recognized as one of its most valuable assets - enriching not only the quality of life in our region, but also serving as a catalyst for economic development and future investment - and as an essential component of quality education.
The Ann Arbor Art Center, the Ann Arbor Art Fairs, the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, Michigan Theatre, Performance Network Theatre, the Ann Arbor Symphony, Wild Swan Theater, the Ark, Riverside Art Center in Ypsilanti, the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea and high school music programs that have earned National Grammy Awards are among the many community organizations and programs that provide a rich cultural experience in our area.
Research has long supported the idea that a vibrant arts and cultural sector is an integral part to promoting economic renewal. Keeping our region an attractive and creative place in which to live and work inspires young people to stay, families to raise children here, and companies to invest here.
AAACF has a long history of supporting our local arts & culture sector with grants to local organizations and programs - from helping the Ann Arbor Summer Festival institute a volunteer program to collect onsite donations from the wider community to keep Top of the Park to helping the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum grow and expand its programming.
Established in 1994, AAACF's Endowment for the Arts gives the Community Foundation the capacity and flexibility to award grants that promote arts & culture throughout our region - including the creation, production, presentation and education in the arts.