Arts & Culture

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The annual hunt is on for Michigan's official Christmas tree.

The state's Department of Technology, Management and Budget this week kicked off the effort to find the tree, which will be displayed outside the state Capitol in Lansing.

Nominees must be a spruce or fir tree. They should be at least 65 feet tall with a maximum crown of 30 feet and maximum trunk diameter of 30 inches. The state says trees should be available at no cost and within easy access of a road with no interference from wires.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   Plans are in the works for four murals as part of an effort to showcase arts and cultural offerings in Sault Ste. Marie. 

Organizers of the "Downtown Sault Ste. Marie Mural Project" are seeking $16,000 by July 15 to boost the project.

The crowdfunding campaign involves the Michigan Economic Development Corp., the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and the City of Sault Ste. Marie Downtown Development Authority. It comes as the city prepares to mark its 350th anniversary in 2018.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   A Detroit museum's effort to bring art to unexpected places will feature installations in Alpena and Traverse City as well as on Mackinac Island.

Reproductions of pieces from the Detroit Institute of Arts' collection go on view around the northern Michigan communities May 20-Oct. 31 as part of "Inside/Out."

The reproductions will feature various artists and styles, from old masters to modern art. Among displays in Traverse City are "The Nut Gatherers" by William Bouguereau and "Reeds and Cranes," a landscape by Japanese artist Suzuki Kiitsu.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced $895,000 in grants for projects in Michigan.  

The agency announced Wednesday $21.1 million in grants for 248 humanities projects, including eight grants in Michigan. They include funds for projects at the University of Michigan, Michigan Technological University and the Detroit Institute of Arts.

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  The Ann Arbor-based Akropolis Reed Quintet is performing at NMU tonight (3/11/16) and tomorrow night (3/12/16).  PR90's Nicole Walton spoke with members of the ensemble and with NMU Professor Dr. Rob Engelhardt. 

The Akropolis Reed Quintet performs

Friday, 3/11, at 7:30pm in the NMU Reynold Recital Hall - ***for students only***

Saturday, 3/12, at 7:30pm in the NMU Reynolds Recital Hall

tickets available  here

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ESCANABA, MI (AP)--   Artists from Michigan's Upper Peninsula will have a special place to show their works at the annual ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids. 

The Daily Press of Escanaba reports a partnership between the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba and DeVos Place in Grand Rapids will include an ArtPrize pavilion for Upper Peninsula artists at the convention center in western Michigan.

Pasqua Warstler with the Bonifas Arts Center says the pavilion could help boost interest in the Upper Peninsula as well as help area artists.

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