LANSING – State Representative Marcia Hovey-Wright (D-Muskegon) has congratulated six Muskegon County organizations that have been awarded more than $128,000 to promote the arts and culture in West Michigan. The grants were part of the nearly $9.7 million in grants the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs awarded to 422 organizations statewide in December.

“The arts play a pivotal role in the health and vibrancy of a community,” Hovey-Wright said. “People want to live in a place where they can easily attend performances, learn artistic skills and where their children can participate in creative activities. The arts improve the quality of life in a community, which is why I’m so glad that six Muskegon County groups will receive grants that will help them provide cultural opportunities for everyone in West Michigan.” The organizations receiving grants are:

• West Michigan Symphony: $32,000

• Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp: $27,500

• Muskegon Museum of Art Foundation: $27,000

• Arts Council of White Lake: $18,750

• The Block: $16,392

• Howmet Playhouse: $6,375

“These organizations represent some of the best cultural jewels in the Muskegon area,” Hovey-Wright said. “I congratulate them on their grants, and look forward to the performances, exhibits and other activities these funds will make possible.”