Nonprofit offers grants to Michigan artists
by Amanda Slater
TAKTM is a startup nonprofit based out of Livonia with the pledge of bringing grants to artists in Michigan through a campaign called One Million Michiganders. The idea is for one million individuals from the state of Michigan to each pledge one dollar to raise the funds necessary to help young and talented artists stay in Michigan instead of seeking employment elsewhere. TAKTM aims to support all types of Michigan artists, including writers, filmmakers, painters and other artisans.
The organization was created by Perth Elliott, a local musician that has lived in Michigan her entire life. A former Eastern Michigan University student, Perth is proud to be a part of the reinvention and the rebuilding of the state.
“I am infatuated with this landscape. (I am) a free soul with a burning to create. I want to fund the artist and shelter the homeless,” she says.
TAKTM is at the forefront of providing a change in the artistic business model as well as a landscape for artists to succeed in Michigan. It is a nonprofit movement, with the primary aim of reinventing the Michigan economy through art that exists to inspire, invest, connect and encourage artists and citizens to work together to rebuild Michigan’s landscape.
For more information, visit www.theartistknitsthemitten.org.