Grand Rapids arts group partners with MEDC for crowdfunding campaign


GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Michigan Economic Development Corporation says it will provide a matching grant if a local arts group Lions & Rabbits Arts Center is able to raise $50,000 by September 5.

Lions & Rabbits is looking to raise funds to support its After Dark art events in Grand Rapids, which include public art projects, five market space events and a block party, according to the MEDC.

“After Dark’s public art participation model serves to stimulate economic activity in our communities, while uniting local artists, businesses and community members,” said Michele Wildman, Vice President MEDC’s Economic Development Incentives Executive, in a press release. “We are pleased to support and provide resources for this project through our Public Spaces Community Places program. »

The fundraising campaign will fund the work of Lions & Rabbits in the Midtown and North Quarter neighborhoods of Grand Rapids. The money will help ensure the arts group is “fully equipped to support every artist and event by covering artist compensation, high-quality gear, artist training and professional development, live entertainment, activities and art for block parties and markets,” according to a press release.

If Lions & Rabbits is able to meet its $50,000 goal by September 5, the MEDC will provide a matching grant of $50,000 through its Public Spaces Community Places program.

To learn more or contribute to the Lions & Rabbits fundraising campaign, visit

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