August 24, 25 & 26, 2018

Press Releases


Friends of the Porkies receive funding from Arts Midwest Touring Fund

The Friends of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park have been selected to receive funding in the amount of $1,425.00 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 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, presented by the Friends of the Porkies in their upcoming engagement of Donna the Buffalo.  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.”

Known as one of the most dynamic and determined bands continuously touring America since 1989, Donna the Buffalo drew its original inspiration from a cherished part of the American heritage; the old-time music festivals of the south that drew entire towns and counties together.  Not only playing music at these events but the vibe and togetherness that bonded the people that attended.   Donna the Buffalo will perform their headlining set at the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival on Saturday, August 25 starting at 8:30 pm. 

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

The Friends of the Porkies have been awarded a grant of $15,000 from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) for the 14th Annual Porcupine Mountains Music Festival to be held August 24 – 26, 2018. The grant was awarded through the MCACA peer review process and was one of 648 applications to compete for MCACA fiscal year 2018 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 music festival audience is made up of tourists and local residents, individuals and families with children. Attendees provide a much needed economic benefit to area businesses and lodging facilities and campgrounds are filled to capacity. The festival spotlights national and regional performers who otherwise would not have an opportunity to perform in Ontonagon County, and young musicians are nurtured and have the opportunity of playing for their first “real audience” when scheduled for a slot on the acoustic busking barn stage. Offering a wide variety of musical styles, 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 extended 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 www.michiganbusiness.org/community/council-arts-cultural-affairs/#MCACA.