The Consumers Energy Foundation recently awarded Tecumseh Center for the Arts (TCA) $5,000 in grant funding to support the creation and installation of the new TCA Music Park on the theater’s property.
“The collaboration and support for the TCA Music Park has been incredible,” stated TCA Director Kelly Jo Gilmore. “What started as a dream has become a reality thanks to the generous support of local foundations like Consumers Energy Foundation.”
Tecumseh Center for the Arts has raised $100,000 from local foundations, individual donors, and funding through the City of Tecumseh for the TCA Music Park. The community will start to see progress during the months of May and June when concrete is poured and landscaping is installed. The funding from the Consumers Energy Foundation will allow the City of Tecumseh to complete the initial landscaping and plan the ribbon cutting for later this summer.
“Exposure to art, whether it’s in the form of music, painting and sculpture, or a beautiful natural space, is not only enriching to us as individuals, but helps to strengthen our communities by bringing neighbors together,” said Carolyn Bloodworth, secretary/treasurer of the Consumers Energy Foundation. “We are impressed and excited by the work TCA has been doing in this space, and are proud to help support this work.”
Tecumseh Center for the Arts created an outdoor Art - Music - Sculpture Park during the summer of 2020. The three-phase project includes the TCA Street Art Trail unveiled in 2020, Mary Jo Mensing Sculpture Garden in 2021, and now the third phase, TCA Music Park, which will connect Douglas Bird Kiwanis Memorial Park to the TCA property. The Music Park will feature outdoor, handicap accessible musical instruments, a trail through the woods, and decorative landscaping. The TCA Music Park is a collaboration between Tecumseh Center for the Arts, City of Tecumseh Parks & Recreation, and F & S Landscaping. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the “walk through the woods” as they encounter a large variety of sound sculptures from a harp to lily pad shaped cymbals. Musicians of all ages and skill levels will be able to create music surrounded by specifically designed landscaping that cohesively combines art, music, and nature.
About the Consumers Energy Foundation
The Consumers Energy Foundation is the charitable arm of Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider. The Foundation contributes to the growth and strengthening of Michigan communities by investing in what’s most important — our people, our planet and Michigan’s prosperity. In 2022, the Consumers Energy Foundation, Consumers Energy, its employees and retirees contributed more than $18.5 million to Michigan nonprofits.
Behind the scenes of Tecumseh Center for the Arts.