For Immediate Release
Media Contact:
Matthew Bizoe
Marketing & Events Manager
KAC supports regional artists through new improvements to The Shop.
ST. JOSEPH, MI –  Krasl Art Center (KAC) received grant funding totaling $93,000 from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). These grants are awarded through the MCACA fiscal year 2020. Funding includes $2,580 in federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and $3,000 of Emergency Relief Funds due to COVID-19
$20,000 supports operations which includes monies for administrative costs, facility usage, travel, marketing, publicity & promotion, and artistic expenses.
A $70,000 capital improvement grant supports expanded public, programmable space on KAC’s main floor. Grant funds provided for renovations to convert an old front office to a multi-function community lounge, updated fixtures and furnishing to enhance guest experience in the museum shop and new lounge, and updated track lighting on the main floor. These improvements support KAC’s long-term plan to optimize use of the campus and create comprehensive learning experiences for guests of all ages and abilities.
Organizations receiving MCACA Operating Support and Capital Improvement grants are required to match these funds with other public and private dollars. KAC seeks to raise $100,000 for the matching grants by September 2020. Gifts will be matched dollar for dollar by each MCACA grant - up to $100,000. Matching dollars for KAC’s grants come, in part, through individual and corporate contributions and through exhibition sponsorship. 

In Berrien County, 8 grants were awarded by the MCACA for a total of $207,916 out of the $341,322 requested. The MCACA peer review process allows each grant application to be competitively considered by a panel of in-state and out-of-state arts and cultural professionals. This ensures the taxpayers, who support this project through legislative appropriations, and all other visitors and residents in Michigan have access to the highest quality arts and cultural experiences.

Stop by The Shop at KAC throughout the year to see these improvements. Purchases made at the shop support KAC and regional artists such as:

St. Joseph, MI
Schwartz is a ceramicist and fiber artist living and working in St. Joseph, MI. Gathering imagery from old family photographs and the natural landscape of Western Michigan, Schwartz depicts her own personal folklore in woven art, ceramics, and jewelry.
St. Joseph, MI
Functional ceramics inspired by nature: colors, textures, and form. Jamie Huber is a local artist, educator, and KAC Ceramics Guild Memberwho hopes that the love and bliss she feels when making ceramics is passed on to you in the piece you choose. Each design is hand-carved with carefully sanded and polished bottoms, giving a unique and one-of-a-kind feel. May they lighten your spirit and bring happiness to your home!

Coloma, MI
Tina Tavolacci is an artist from Coloma, MI, working with hand sawn copper forms, torch fired vitreous glass enamel, and mixed media. Her inspiration is derived from nature as evidenced in the textures, impressions, color and subjects used in her work. As well as making art, Tina teaches art to Dowagiac middle school students!
Potosi, WI
Gary and Tyler David are a father and son woodworking duo. They started Bright Idea back in 2010 when 11-year-old Tyler discovered the process they use to color wood turned on a lathe. Now all Bright Idea pieces are colored with oil pastels, and together Gary and Tyler create colorful and whimsical works of home décor.
Visit for a list of artists available in The Shop.
A $70,000 capital improvement grant will be used to expand public, programmable space on KAC’s main floor. Grant funds provided for updated fixtures and furnishing to enhance guest experience in the museum shop and updated track lighting on the main floor.
About Krasl Art Center:
Krasl Art Center is a nonprofit art museum and learning center that enriches the lives of people living in or visiting Southwest Michigan by delivering enlightening art experiences through diverse education opportunities, meaningful events, and high quality exhibits and collections. KAC’s mission is to inspire meaningful change and strengthen community through the visual arts. To learn more, visit
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