Bonifas awarded grant for wooden boat history project

January 26, 2017  |  by Bonifas Arts Center

The Michigan Humanities Council (MHC) recently awarded the Bonifas Arts Center a $15,000 grant to support a “Wooden Boats Afloat: The Story of Traditional Boats” project.

This project will document the role wooden boats played in shaping the development of the social, economic, and cultural makeup of Upper Peninsula communities, how that role defined the present, and how it will impact the future.

An upcoming Bonifas exhibit and programming will deepen understanding of the region through an examination of the U.P.’s wooden boat heritage, craft traditions, and their impact. Oral histories/traditions will be recorded at a story-sharing section of the exhibit, and portions of the exhibit will travel to other towns.

“This is good for the whole U.P. because we’re promoting and preserving U.P. culture and history,” said Pasqua Warstler, Bonifas artistic director. “The U.P. is so defined by our waterways and coastlines, so this is a vitally important piece of our history.”

The Bonifas, past recipient of a MHC grant to support a project about Nahma, is required to present matching cash or in-kind cost share to support the project.


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