- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - Flint Cultural Center institutions received a $5 million grant to enhance arts and cultural services for local schools and communities.

The C.S. Mott Foundation announced the grant, which will allocate more than $2.2 million to the Flint Institute of Arts, $1.1 million to the Flint Institute of Music and $1.7 million to the Flint Cultural Center Corporation. The grants will support the Flint institutions’ programming and day-to-day operation. The funding will allow the institutions to offer more free and low-cost activities, host community events and expand services to local schools in an effort to make up for arts, theater and music programs that have been cut from district budgets.

Mott Foundation president and CEO William S. White said Wednesday the institutions are a key part of the area’s ongoing efforts to recover as a community.

“And the value they add in quality of life for children and families cannot be overestimated,” he said. “As home to one of the nation’s first planned cultural centers, Flint has a remarkable legacy in the arts.”

The Mott Foundation is a Flint-based private philanthropy that supports nonprofit groups nationally and internationally.

More than 625,000 people visit the Flint Cultural Center each year. It is home to Michigan’s largest domed planetarium, one of the state’s few remaining professional symphony orchestras and a performing arts school.

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