Positively Midland updates in brief from the Midland Area Community Foundation

The MLK Jr. Great Lakes Bay Regional Celebration was a success.

Scenes from the 2019 MLK, Jr. Regional Celebration

Each year, your Midland Area Community Foundation partners with the Saginaw and Bay community foundations along with Saginaw Valley State University to plan an evening in celebration of the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We wish to thank our partners for helping plan a successful event last month. Congratulations go to each of the 15 students from around the region for earning a scholarship based on their own work advancing the legacy of Dr. King. Congratulations also to Jeanne Schaller, one of three recipients of the MLK, Jr. Drum Major Award, given to a resident each from Bay, Midland and Saginaw who have strived to promote diversity and inclusion. Schaller (pictured above, lower left with MACF CEO Sharon Mortensen) currently heads the Midland chapter of Nonviolent Peaceforce, an international NGO working to “transform the world’s response to conflict.” Here's to Dr. King and his legacy.

Want more public art projects in Midland? Here's how you can help.

The Public Arts Committee is a group led by the Midland Area Community Foundation that includes leaders in our community who are passionate about bringing artwork that everyone can enjoy. In just the first two years as an established committee, they've brought several projects to add some color and fun throughout Midland. With more studies showing that public art creates a sense of place and pride in one's community, you community foundation is more than happy to support their efforts. How can you help? Start by reading their recent letter to the community:

Dear Neighbor,

If you didn’t already know: your community is amazing. Midland is filled with not only professional artists, but adults and children who express themselves every day through music, painting, drawing and more. Artistic expression is something we can all celebrate and encourage.

Who? - What? - Why?

The Midland Public Arts Committee is dedicated to encouraging involvement and enjoyment of art, empowering our neighbors to practice and grow their skills and to show that art is an integral part of everything we do in our daily lives.

This is a city-wide endeavor that provides not only beautiful artwork for a season, but will showcase talent and inspire many for years to come. This is the third year for this public program, and we intend to make the reach and impact of this year’s program much greater. By partnering with us, you’re partnering with your community. By supporting public art you’re actively improving your community in more ways than you may realize.


The ask is simple. We have 3 ways to be Involved:

1.We’re looking for a minimum of 50 businesses or individuals to support our efforts with a donation of $100. That’s all. Of course, no donation is too small or too big, and we will graciously accept any and all gifts that come our way so that we can make this vision and this program a reality.

These funds will allow us to create the programs and marketing materials needed to engage with the community in all the ways we would like to. If you or your business is willing to support this effort to improve our community, we would just ask you to make an online donation. We would like to publicly thank all donors through social media and our website.

2. Host an Origami Crane Mobile in your Business or Organization during the months of June-September.

3. Build an Origami Crane Mobile with your staff! It will be a fun team building activity!

We’re accepting cash donations as well as in-kind donations of goods or services. Feel free to make a contribution that you’re comfortable with. Donations can be made at the Midland Area Community Foundation, 76 Ashman Circle.

We would like to thank you in advance for your generosity. Please don’t hesitate to contact us directly at 989.839.9661 or info@midlandfoundation.org if you have any questions.

All the best,

The Midland Public Arts Committee

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