The Mendel Center Awarded Grant for Cultural Programming

Nov 04, 2016

The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College has been awarded a grant of $12,000 from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). The Mendel Center is using the grant to support its presentation of the nationally touring production of Pippin on March 15, 2017.

The Mendel Center grant was awarded through a peer review process and was one of 559 applications to compete for MCACA fiscal year 2017 funding. Organizations receiving a MCACA grant are required to match those funds with other public and private dollars.

“Funding from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs is critical to the vitality of the arts in southwest Michigan and throughout the state. We thank our state representatives Nesbitt, Pagel, Pscholka, and Whiteford, our state senators Proos and Schuitmaker, and Governor Snyder for supporting the work MCACA does, that in turn supports the work we do to help the southwest Michigan community connect through the arts,” stated Mike Nadolski, executive director of The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College.

The Mendel Center has a long-standing commitment to making the best in theater and Broadway productions accessible to southwest Michigan through its annual Mainstage performance series. Pippin has been selected to be part of The Mendel Center Mainstage 2016-2017 season for its classic storyline and award-winning history. Channel 16 WNDU TV is sponsoring Pippin, and The Mendel Center receives significant volunteer support from the community through its team of more than 100 Mendel Center volunteers.

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 cultural professionals. This ensures the taxpayers, who support this project through legislative appropriations, and all other visitors and 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 at

The Mendel Center Mainstage 25th Anniversary Season
The Mendel Center raised the curtain on its first Mainstage season performance in the fall of 1992. Since that time, it has presented 573 Mainstage season performances, including this season’s lineup, to more than half a million performance attendees. That is in addition to the hundreds and hundreds of other performing arts, national and international speakers, ceremonies, and community events hosted by other groups and organizations on the Mainstage.

About The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College
The 1,573-seat Mendel Center Mainstage Theatre offers state-of-the-art acoustics and comfortable seating in elegant surroundings. Other amenities include free parking, handicap accessibility, and an array of special services including valet parking, catering and bar service for private pre- and post-show events, booster seats for children, hearing-assist devices, non-spill cups for beverages inside the theatre, and recently added premium seats in the Stage Side section.

The Mendel Center is a short 30-minute drive from Niles and within a 40-minute drive from the Kalamazoo and South Bend areas.  It is located on the Lake Michigan College campus at 2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, Michigan. The Mendel Center is one mile east of I-94 (Exit 30) and one mile west of the US 31 Bypass (exit 24).

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