(07/02/14) - The Saginaw Art Museum has been awarded $1 million in grant money from Gov. Snyder's 2015 budget - and it comes right on time.
The museum recently fell on some hard times when the economy took a hit.
Museum staff and board members have put together a strategic business plan to get finances back in order, and the $1 million from the state will help them better carry out the plan.
It will also help support different programs and projects. Some money will be spent on conserving the nearly 2,000 piece art collection. The funding will also be used for capitol improvements and renovations to keep the accredited museum in tip-top shape so it's around for people to enjoy well into the future.
"We've created a path for sustainability. The exciting thing is we will be around for generations to come and people can learn and be educated about the importance of arts and culture, and the difference it makes in the quality of life in our community," said Stacey Gannon, the Saginaw Art Museum executive director.
Saginaw's First Merit Park also received $700,000 through the state's 2015 budget. The grant money will be available in October.