This award is presented at the annual spring luncheon to a public or academic library. The award is for establishing or improving an arts book collection, or for establishing and/or expanding a program which advances or celebrates any of the arts.

The award was established to honor the late James C. Dance, who was one of the founders of the Metro-Detroit Book & Author Society, and who served as its Master of Ceremonies for 19 luncheons. Mr. Dance was the public relations coordinator of the Detroit Public Library.

Past Grant Awardees

  • Detroit Public Library (2018)
  • Ferndale Public Library (2018)
  • Clarkston Independence District Library (2017)
  • The University of Michigan Dearborn Library (2017)
  • Springfield Township Library (2016)
  • Salem-South Lyon District Library (2016)
  • Oak Park Public Library (2015)
  • Garden City Public Library (2015)
  • Dearborn Heights Public Library (2013)
  • Inkster Public Library (2011)
  • Ferndale Public Library (2010)
  • The Ham College Library, Rochester (2010)
  • Hazel Park Public Library
  • East Detroit Public Library
  • Blair Memorial Public Library (Clawson)
  • Schoolcraft College Library
  • Cranbrook Writers Guild
  • Macomb Community College Library
  • Roseville Public Library
  • Lyon Township Library
  • Wayne-Westland Public Library
  • Berkley Public Library
  • Brandon Township Library
  • Detroit Women Writers
  • McDonald Public Library (New Baltimore)
  • Holly Township Public Library
  • Harper Woods Public Library
  • Chesterfield Township Library
  • Riverview Public Library
  • Oxford Public Library
  • Macomb County Library
  • Farmington Community Library
  • Mount Clemens Public Library
  • Ecorse Public Library
  • White Lake Public Library