There are many in our county who have joined in the experience of the Wheatland Music Festival as well as their other programming. Now thoise whoi have embraced the traditional arts v=can apply for support to ci=on tinue their journey into our musical past.
At ten years old Mariah of Montcalm County has been playing the piano for nearly half of her life. She applied for and received funding in 2020 from Wheatland Music Organization’s Jenine Stickler Memorial Fund – an endowment fund within the Mecosta County Community Foundation – to purchase her own piano. In 2021 she received funding through Wheatland’s Elyce Fishman Scholarship Fund to help pay for private lessons. Mariah said, “Thank you for the scholarship money. I got three awards for playing at my recital. I would have got four rewards but we couldn't do a recital due to COVID last year.”
Children ages 3-18 living or attending school in Mecosta, Osceola, Lake, Newaygo or Montcalm Counties may apply for Jenine Stickler Memorial Fund funding toward art tools - dance shoes, acoustical musical instruments (such as violin, bass, piano, flute, etc.), variety of art supplies or equipment (such as weaving, carving, painting, pottery) used in the traditional arts.
Any child or adult living in Michigan may apply for an Elyce Fishman Scholarship to gain skills and education in traditional music, dance, arts and crafts. The scholarships help to support those with the greatest financial need, potential for growth and likelihood to carry on the traditional art.
See www.wheatlandmusic.org or call 989 967 8879 for an application
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