What we do

The Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network is an arts and cultural services organization dedicated to connecting, promoting and supporting the individuals, organizations and creative projects that create and further arts and culture in Northern Lower Michigan.

Free registration is included with your NW MI Arts & Culture Network membership. Sign up today for the 2024 Summit. All are welcome to this #Michigan #Art and #Culture one-day conference. You'll leave inspired, informed and having learned something new in one of our breakout sessions.
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Free registration is included with your NW MI Arts & Culture Network membership. Sign up today for the 2024 Summit. All are welcome to this #Michigan #Art and #Culture one-day conference. You`ll leave inspired, informed and having learned something new in one of our breakout sessions.

See you there!

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Free registration is included with your NW MI Arts & Culture Network membership. Sign up today for the 2024 Summit. All are welcome to this #Michigan #Art and #Culture one-day conference. You`ll leave inspired, informed and having learned something new in one of our breakout sessions.

See you there!

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Coming Up

  • 2024 Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Summit, 5/7/2024. Interlochen Center for the Arts. Info here
  • Calendar & Tour Map: Access info, maps, self guided tours, events, performances, exhibits and public art throughout the region. LINK to Calendar.
  • Michigan Arts & Culture Council (MACC) FY25. New guidelines for FY25 grant programs will be announced 5/1. Info here. 

Recent E-News:

  • New Network Associate Director. Troy DeShano joins the Network in March.
  • Impact Tools, Research
    – MACC Grant Impact Reports
    – Interactive Art + Social Impact Explorer
    – Recent SMU DataArts Research
  • New Calls for Art, Job Openings, Grant Opps
  • Trending Topics & Reading
  • Questions, Submissions? art@nwmiarts.net

News & Tools


Latest News


Network E-News 4/15/2024

NEA Intros New Data Resources

The National Endowment for the Arts recently launched the Arts Indicators Project, a new online research tool to make it easier to find key facts and figures—and to explore lessons learned—about the role of artists and the arts in our lives and communities.

The Arts Indicators Project is part of the NEA’s new National Arts Statistics and Evidence-based Reporting Center (NASERC), which will release statistical indicators and reports monitoring the arts as an ecosystem in the United States. The Arts Indicators Project and the NASERC site are available here and will highlight key trends across four domains:

  • artists and other cultural workers,
  • arts participation,
  • arts and cultural assets, and
  • arts and education.

Learn more with this infographic here and video from the NASERC’s launch webinar here.

Link to NEA Research Resources

Ready for the Summit?

Planning continues for the 2024 Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Summit slated for Tuesday, May 7, at Interlochen Center for the Arts. See the schedule, speakers and registration links here. Remember, Summit registration is a benefit of membership.

Thank you to our Summit sponsors and the funders that make this day possible – Interlochen Center for the Arts, Michigan Arts & Culture Council, Northwestern Michigan College, Foreward Magazine LLC, Shorts Brewing, and the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation. Please join us!


Building Engagement in Little Traverse

Thanks to generous grants from the Petoskey Harbor Springs Regional Foundation and the Charlevoix Community Foundation, Cindy McSurely is working with the Network to build Network engagement and capacity in Emmet and Charlevoix counties. Watch for more info in weeks to come. If you’d like to connect with Cindy, you can reach out at LittleTraverse@nwmiarts.org

Membership Renewal Time

Many Network memberships come due during the spring each year. For those whose organizational or individual memberships are coming due, you will be receiving your annual renewal notices in the mail and via email for those preferring to pay online. After several years of reduced “pandemic pricing,” our dues were increased to pre-pandemic levels. Dues help support our work to connect, build capacity and advocate for all that infuse arts and culture in our northern communities, including this e-news, the upcoming summit, and support throughout the year. Thank you for your ongoing support. Questions? Contact arts@nwmiarts.org.

Capacity Building

Touring Grant Apps Open 5/1, 9am

Arts and Humanities Touring Grant applications open 5/1 at 9:00am, for events occurring between 6/1 to 8/5. These touring grants are considered only during each quarter’s funding window. Applicants should submit an application as soon as possible after it opens because demand is very high, and these grants are first-come first-served. Info/guidelines here.

Latest Calls & Postings

Job Openings

Calls for Art:

MACC Council Meeting, New Grants, 4/19

Michigan Arts and Culture Council will be holding its quarterly Council meeting on Friday, 4/19, 10am-Noonat the Port Huron Museum and via Microsoft Teams Webinar. Agenda includes reports on Services to the FIeld as well as the new FY25 MACC Grant Making Program. Agenda available here. Link for the Teams Webinar is here: https://loom.ly/PLpI0Wg.

NOTE: MACC staff will also be attending the Summit on 5/7 and presenting FY25 Grants and available to meet.

2024 Compensation & Benefits Survey

The Michigan Nonprofit Association has partnered with Association TRENDS to conduct a confidential compensation survey. Participation is FREE and this data will build a robust Compensation & Benefits report that includes position descriptions and salary ranges, benefits, and more—all from real nonprofits here in Michigan! All survey participants will receive $150 off the final 2024 Compensation & Benefits Report available for purchase in Summer 2024. Survey closes 4/30. Participate here.

National Historic Marker Day 4/26, Resources

Shared by our colleagues at Michigan Museums Association: Did you know that there are more than 190,000 historical markers in the United States? Many of these markers have not received cleaning or care for years. That’s where National Historic Marker Day steps in! On April 26, volunteers will come together to maintain their markers by cleaning them and providing an opportunity to celebrate and preserve history. Link here to learn more about the event and to find resources to plan a volunteer activity, along with a marker cleaning guide, tips for publicizing your project, and more.

New MI Funding Hub

Uncover the power of grants for your organization and community. MI Funding Hub is a new resource breaking down the barriers of finding, securing, and managing this type of funding. Visit mifundinghub.org to learn more, register for webinars, and sign up for the newsletter to stay in the loop.


Great Michigan Read: Free Downloads, Guides

Access various free resources for Michigan Humanities 2023-24 Great Michigan Read book, Firekeeper’s Daughter during April. Free streaming of the book is available at ReadMichigan.org beginning 4/12. Digital reader’s and teacher’s guides are available in the Great Michigan Read toolkit under the “Program Materials” tab here. Organizations are encouraged to request hard copies by registering as a partner here.

Gratitude to NMC Visual Communications Team!

Here’s a shout-out with great gratitude to Northwestern Michigan College’s Visual Communications Department and the wonderful student team – Derek Bovin, Christopher Carey and Brook Lautner – as well as their instructor, Caroline Schaefer-Hills. The team has been working diligently all winter and spring to create our beautiful Summit graphics and new FY23 Annual Report. The Network has benefited greatly from NMC’s students this year – as well as the 2019 team that created our Network logo, interactive map, video and social media. Bravo!

It was great to for the Network to network when Rotary Charities hosted its quarterly Connecting with Changemakers on 4/10 at Commongrounds (also home to the Network). Added bonus was the chance for attendees to see this mural celebrating the lives of local immigrant and migrant workers in our community led by Alluvian Arts @ 414 and Justice & Peace Advocacy Center, and funded in part by an FY23 MACC minigrant administered by the Network. 

The Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network receives support from the Michigan Arts & Culture Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.


The Network benefits from a MI H.O.P.E grant provided by Michigan Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan.

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