2018-09-06 / Community

Consumers Energy provides grant for ‘Artist in Residence’ Program

HARBOR BEACH - A new program launching in Harbor Beach received help in the form of a grant from Consumers Energy. Mary Kulis, Community Affairs Manager on behalf of Consumers Energy, presented a check for $5,000 to program coordinators and representatives from the Harbor Beach Community Chest. Justin and Samantha Schnettler, of Business Soil in Harbor Beach, have partnered with the Community Chest, the City of Harbor Beach, The Huron County EDC, and the Harbor Beach Chamber of Commerce in an effort to bring artists to the area for an Artist in Residence Program. The City of Harbor Beach has offered the use of their rental cabins on the water by the marina to house artists who participate in the program.

The program is designed to bring artists into a community for a specific period of time, allowing them to focus on their art projects. Artists receive housing and a stipend to help with living expenses and, in return, share their art with the community in some way – be it physical art, presentations of their project and experience to the community or other means, depending on the type of art. During the residency, artists will participate in an art discussion at the Community House Theater in Harbor Beach to discuss their work, inspiration and methods. Following the discussion, there will be a community meet and greet reception for the community and artists. These events will be announced as they are planned in the future.

The program is open to applications from all artist types. Artists interested in applying for the opportunity to participate can do so at thumbartists.com.

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