From the Director

Good news came for Arts Center and the community, and it came just in time to make this a truly happy new year as the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs announced in December that it would be awarding the Bonifas two major grants worth more than $40,000.

Their announcement was welcomed not only by the Bonifas family but also by the Rapid River School District since they will be the beneficiary to the Arts in Education Grant, “Exploring Science and Culture Through the Arts” where students will be linked with professional artists in a multidisciplinary approach that will use art as a vehicle for reinforcing the science curriculum.  We are excited to have the opportunity to bring so many artists and opportunities to these students.

The second of our two MCACA awards is one of their highly coveted operational support grants.  Its purpose is to support “the operation of arts and cultural organizations throughout MI that promotes public engagement, diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning and strengthening communities through the arts.”   That’s in perfect alignment with our ongoing mission and core values, and it feels like a vote of confidence and approval for what we at the Bonifas are continually striving to provide for the community.



Pasqua Warstler

Executive & Gallery Director