LANSING — The Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the City of Tecumseh announced on Wednesday a new crowdfunding campaign through Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity. The campaign will support the city in bringing free outdoor movies to Adams Park.
If the Movies in the Park project reaches its crowdfunding goal of $14,650 by April 30, MEDC will provide a $14,650 matching grant.
“Tecumseh is a close-knit community and the goals of this project demonstrate that,” said Community Assistance Specialist Nate Scramlin. “We look forward to partnering with city leaders, residents, businesses, and others, on a successful campaign.”
The city of Tecumseh has shown a dedication to family-oriented activities and experiences. Years ago, the city sponsored free outdoor movies at Tecumseh Park, where the response of the community was overwhelmingly positive, according to Paula Holtz, Tecumseh’s Economic Development Director.
“The success of this endeavor will allow family and friends to gather together in our downtown park to rediscover outdoor movies, much like the drive-in theaters of the past,” said Tecumseh Mayor Jack Baker.
Now, with the help of this campaign, the City of Tecumseh wants to purchase its own projector and 20’ inflatable screen to begin running movies again. The new setting for the Movies in the Park program will be at Adams Park, a park that’s easily accessible from downtown and surrounding areas. The park has ample open space and public restrooms for moviegoers.
“Having a vibrant arts and culture scene is one of the many things that help people fall in love with their communities,” said Dan Gilmartin, executive director and CEO of the Michigan Municipal League.
“This crowdfunding initiative in Tecumseh will not only help enhance the community’s existing arts scene, but it will also provide a sense of pride and investment among those who contribute to the effort.”