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City awarded nearly $20K for Hastings Live series

The Thornapple Plaza draws people to Hastings throughout the summer for a variety of live performances. (File photo)

The City of Hastings has been awarded a grant of $19,500 from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs for Hastings Live, the City’s art and music program offered in partnership with the Thornapple Arts Council.

The grant was awarded through the MCACA peer-review process, and the application was one of 659 to compete for MCACA fiscal year 2020 funding.

Organizations receiving a MCACA grant award are required to match those funds with other public and private dollars. In 2019, local support of the project included the Baum Family Foundation, Barry County Lumber, Brown’s Carpet One and Custom Interiors, Co-Dee Stamping, Family Fare, Flexfab, Highpoint Community Bank and Spectrum Health Pennock.

The City of Hastings also receives significant volunteer support from members of the community and local service organizations.

In 2020, the City of Hastings will continue to present the annual year-round downtown sculpture tour and partner with the Thornapple Arts Council to present Hastings Live, the summer music and entertainment program.

Hastings Live includes the Community Concert series on Wednesday evenings; Friday Night Features concerts; as well as Playing at the Plaza, the Thursday morning children’s music, entertainment and education series; Fridays at the Fountain concerts; and Hastings Live at Summerfest concerts to wrap up the season.

Support from MCACA and local sponsors allows the City of Hastings to provide all of these programs free of charge, giving residents in the rural community and visitors, alike, access to visual and performing arts.

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.


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