To encourage, initiate and facilitate an enriched artistic, cultural and creative environment in Michigan.

This Mission Statement has never been more important. It clearly frames the purposes of the Council as part of the broader environment in Michigan that strives to reinvent the State. This Mission Statement recognizes the need for a strong creative sector in our State that is fully engaged with many of Michigan’s other key sectors including industry, healthcare, education and tourism.

As State government’s lead agency charged with developing arts and culture policy and grant-making, MCACA recognizes the need for, and seeks out, a wide variety of public and private sector partners to help fulfill this mission. Our partners provide needed services to the field through collective knowledge, expertise and genuine care for the mission of the Council and the fulfillment of our collective goals.

Furthermore, the Council works to fulfill its mission by serving as champions, advocates and a point of connection and coordination for the field with legislative, corporate and other leaders with an interest in seeing the mission of MCACA fulfilled. The Council also seeks out those other champions, inside and outside the halls of government, in order to give voice to all concerned and to better achieve the Council’s mandate and mission. Lastly, the Council serves to advise the Governor concerning the various ways that the arts and support for the arts can integrate with gubernatorial policies and goals, especially in connection with economic development, place-making and education initiatives.



The Ruth Mott Foundation’s mission is to advocate, stimulate, and support community vitality. Our commitment is to base the Foundation in its home community of Flint, Michigan. The Foundation envisions communities of hope and pride, whose neighborhood environments and urban core are safe, attractive and healthy, enriched by cultural diversity and an engaged citizenry.

The Ruth Mott Foundation believes in the power of the arts to bring people together to explore and address community issues and to fund creative new ways to do that. Over its ten year history, the Foundation has focused its grant funding in Arts and Culture, Health Promotion and Beautification.

A Focus on Community Arts and Culture.
Community arts and culture offer meaningful and accessible ways for a wide range of Genesee County residents of all ages to take part in creative experiences and to connect with each other and the community. Community arts and culture programs seek to engage residents on issues that matter in their daily lives through education, dialogue, and action. They provide avenues to address serious social issues in productive new ways, give voice to those who are often silent, celebrate our diversity and unite us through a shared sense of community.



The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that funds and promotes artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities.

The NEA works with more than 20 other federal agencies, state and local governments, state and regional arts agencies, and private nonprofits on projects that provide opportunities for thousands of Americans to experience quality arts programming throughout the country.



We envision a world in which each individual’s quality of life is connected to the well-being of the community, both locally and globally.

Charles Stewart Mott was an automotive pioneer, community leader and philanthropist who cared about innovation, a just society, and the strength of communities. Today, Mott Foundation employees in four offices in the U.S., England and South Africa continue his work on a global scale. By supporting nonprofits dedicated to civil society, education, the environment and our hometown of Flint, Michigan, we aim to strengthen what Mr. Mott called “the capacity for accomplishment.”


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