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April 25, 2024

Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum Receives Grant from Midland Area Community Foundation for Public Art Installations

Colorful painting Together. Froward. Bold.

The Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, located on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University has received a grant award of $12,000 from the Midland Area Community Foundation (MACF). The award will support three temporary public art installations in Midland County as part of the 2024 Public Art Passport exhibition that will span across the entire Great Lakes Bay Region.

The installations align with one of MACF’s key focus areas, “Building Our Livelihood,” as it relates to enhancing the local infrastructure and driving economic development. According to the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum’s Director, Megan McAdow, “Public art has been a key tool in promoting sustainable tourism, attracting visitors to the region, and promoting local businesses. It can also transform an area into a more vibrant and inclusive community.” McAdow continued, “The installation of three art pieces in Midland is just the beginning as additional art installations that are being planned for both Saginaw and Bay counties, creating one large tri-county public art exhibition.”

Artists from the Great Lakes states of Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Minnesota were invited to submit artwork for consideration in the 2024 Public Art Passport exhibition.

Organized by the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, the Public Art Passport initiative provides opportunities for residents and visitors to engage with public art and to connect with the community. The Public Art Passport website serves as a virtual hub that brings together public art from across the region into one online space. “Public art can play a pivotal role in fostering thriving communities,” observed McAdow.

Working with community partners in Bay, Midland, and Saginaw counties, the Public Art Passport will also serve residents and tourists by highlighting art-related programs and events, including art fairs and festivals throughout the 2024 summer. The 2024 Public Art Passport schedule will be announced in the coming months.

Public Art Passport Credits: The Public Art Passport is supported in part by the Midland Area Community Foundation, the Jury Foundation, and the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum.

The Midland Area Community Foundation exists to cultivate the power of giving within our community, support long-term transformation, and help ensure all residents thrive.

The Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum is located on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University, 7400 Bay Road, University Center, Michigan. Museum hours are Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call (989) 964-7125 or visit the Museum’s website at