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August 26, 27 & 28, 2016

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Photo Cutline: Papa Mali from New Orleans, Lousiana will hit the Porkies’ Peace Hill Stage as Headliner on Saturday, August 27.

The Friends of the Porkies have been selected to receive funding from Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural affairs and the Crane Group.

Arts Midwest Touring Fund engages people in meaningful experiences with the fine arts of dance, music, theater, and other performing arts forms. Inter-state touring and the engagement of professional artists is central to the work of Arts Midwest.

Arts Midwest Executive Director David J. Fraher says, “Arts Midwest is proud to support The Porcupine Mountains Music Festival in their upcoming engagement of Papa Mali. Arts events like this not only provide uplifting experiences for audiences, they also create meaningful jobs for those employed in the arts industry – thus amplifying the effectiveness of our funding.”

Papa Mali is a New Orleans singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer whose multi-faceted career has explored many areas of American and World Music. He was recently voted Best Roots Rock Artist by Offbeat Magazine's readers, who also named his latest release, Music Is Love, as Roots Rock Album of the Year. Music Is Love was produced by veteran record producer John Chelew, a threetime Grammy winner for his work with The Blind Boys Of Alabama, whose many notable productions include records by Donovan, Charlie Musselwhite, Gillian Welch, Vic Chesnutt, Richard Thompson, John Hiatt and Peter Rowan. In 2015, Papa Mali signed with 429 Records, whose roster also includes Los Lobos, Boz Scaggs and Robbie Robertson.  Papa Mali will headline the festival on Saturday, August 27 at 8:30 p.m.


About Arts Midwest: Based in Minneapolis, Arts Midwest is one of six nonprofit regional arts organizations in the United States. Its mission is to promote creativity, nurture cultural leadership, and engage people in meaningful arts experiences, bringing vitality to Midwest communities and enriching people’s lives. Since its establishment more than 30 years ago, Arts Midwest has been serving audiences, arts organizations, and artists throughout the nine states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and beyond.

About the National Endowment for the Arts: The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Endowment is the nation’s largest annual funder of the arts, bringing great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and military bases.

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Friends of the Porkies Receive Grant Funding from MCACA

By Cheryl Sundberg, Festival Director

Wild Ponies from Nashville, TN are one of the many national acts who have performed at the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival. The 12th annual event will take place August 26 – 28, 2016. Photo by Liz Trasti

The Friends of the Porkies have been awarded a grant of $22,500 from the State of Michigan Council
for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) for the 12th Annual Porcupine Mountains Music Festival to be held August 26 – 28, 2016. The grant was awarded through the MCACA peer review process and was one of 559 applications to compete for MCACA fiscal year 2016 funding.

Organizations receiving a MCACA grant award are required to match those funds with other public and private dollars. Local support of the project includes festival sponsors and program guide advertisers, along with private donations. The music festival also receives significant volunteer support from the community. A small core group of individuals volunteer year-round in the planning stages, and throughout the 3 day event-- over one hundred volunteers are utilized.

The 2015 Porcupine Mountains Music Festival saw over 1,400 attendees made up of tourists and local residents, individuals and families with children. Attendees provided a much needed economic benefit to area businesses and lodging facilities and campgrounds were filled to capacity. The festival includes national and regional performers who otherwise would not have an opportunity to perform in Ontonagon County. Offering a wide variety of musical styles on stage, the festival has broadened the musical horizons of its attendees. Many who attend for the first time are impressed with the beauty of the area and plan to return, and many long-time attendees are extending their stays. 

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 the 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 http://www.michiganbusiness.org/community/council-arts-cultural-affairs/#MCACA.