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Crowdfunding campaign launched for 'Cadillac Performing Arts Pavilion Renovation'

$50,000 goal to win matching grant through MEDC and MSHDA's Public Spaces Community Place initiative

Lansing, Mich. – The Lake Cadillac performing arts pavilion could see renovations including new seating and updated technology through a new crowdfunding campaign, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and the city of Cadillac announced today. The crowdfunding campaign is offered through Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity.

If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $50,000 by April 29, 2016, the project will win a matching grant with funds made possible by MSHDA and MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places program. For project details and to donate, please visit:

“Public Spaces Community Places allows communities to identify spaces which are treasured to continue to be of use and not become abandoned,” said MEDC Community Development Director Katharine Czarnecki. “We are excited to partner in this project and help enhance the Cadillac Performing Arts Pavilion while continuing its use for the community.”

"A gathering space for community members and visitors to experience live entertainment and the arts is a core feature in a thriving and vibrant community," said MSHDA Executive Director Kevin Elsenheimer. "The Cadillac Performing Arts Pavilion is a place where memories are made and I'm pleased to see plans in place to make sure it remains an important part of the city."                                                                                         

The plans for the Performing Arts Pavilion began in 1977 when plans for the City Park were formed.  In 1985, the US Navy Construction Battalions, or CB's, came to Cadillac and built the benches that are still in front of the Pavilion today. Roughly 5 years later the Performing Arts Pavilion was built in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Cadillac. Since that time, the City of Cadillac’s Performing Arts Pavilion has been a community gem and served as a gathering place for all community members and visitors.  

Renovations to the pavilion will enhance the timeless beauty of Lake Cadillac, and continue to allow citizens to have a place of community and gathering. They are necessary for continued use of the space. Renovations include: removal and replacement of seating, adding changing rooms for performers, updated technology, enhanced functionality of the space, replacing sidewalks and adding green are seating.

The Michigan Municipal League commends the City of Cadillac for its ongoing placemaking work, said League CEO and Executive Director Dan Gilmartin.

“The City of Cadillac definitely understands the concept of placemaking and how creating desirable places can move a community’s economy forward,” Gilmartin said. “A key part to placemaking is enhancing a community’s existing assets and the performing arts pavilion is one of those assets. This crowdfunding effort, if successful, will ensure that the pavilion remains a community jewel for years to come.”

“Giving us the opportunity to refresh this 30-year old resource and treasure in our community is something that is a fantastic opportunity,” said Carla Filkins, Mayor of the City of Cadillac. “I think that we should never lose sight of the fact that what we have is wonderful, but we need to keep it that way.”

Public Spaces Community Places is a collaborative effort of the MEDC, MSHDA, the Michigan Municipal League, and Patronicity where local residents can use crowdfunding to be part of the development of strategic projects in their communities and be backed with a matching grant from MEDC. Communities, non-profits and other business entities can apply at

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