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Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - Meadow Brook Hall awarded $18,000 grant by state arts council

Meadow Brook Hall has been awarded an $18,000 grant from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). The grant was awarded through the MCACA peer review process and was one of 401 applications to compete for MCACA fiscal year 2013 funding.

“The support of the state’s premier cultural organization for our curatorial endeavors represents a significant boost to our efforts,” said Geoffrey Upward, executive director of The Hall. 

“As stewards of this independent auxiliary of Oakland University, and the fourth largest historic house museum in the United States, we need to raise thousands of dollars a day to keep this incredible property in good condition for our many touring and special event visitors, including educational and youth programming participants. So this grant is much needed and appreciated.”

Organizations receiving a MCACA grant award are required to match those funds with other public and private dollars. Local support of the project included a matching grant from the Matilda R. Wilson Fund, a foundation established by Meadow Brook and Oakland University founder Matilda Dodge Wilson in the 1940s. Meadow Brook also receives significant private financial support annually from hundreds of individuals as well as corporations and foundations. 

Volunteer support from the community includes more than 300 individuals who work as tour guides, curatorial assistants, hosts and hostesses, sales staff, landscaping and maintenance staff and garden club members.

The grant dollars will directly support operational needs for Meadow Brook Hall’s curatorial endeavors including exhibition materials and student internships.

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 that 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.

A complete list of grant awards around the state is available by contacting MCACA at (517) 241-4011, or by visiting the MCACA website. For more information about Meadow Brook Hall, visit the website at