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.

Coming Up

  • Monthly Zoom Roundtable, 1st Thursdays.
    Thursday, 10/7, 10am 
  • Arts Midwest Conference, 9/17-22
  • National Arts in Education Week, 9/12-18
  • National Arts & Humanities Month, October
  • MCACA Grant Announcements, early/mid-October

Recent E-News: 8/20, 9/2 & 9/9

  • Arts Ed tools, resources, reports, advocacy, PR
  • Member & Minigrantee Spotlights:
    Good Hart Artist Residency; Mashup Rock & Roll Musical
  • Calls for Art, Job Openings, Opportunities
  • Data Reports:
    • Delta is Here. Is it time for cultural entities to wear masks again? 
    • Here to Stay: Three Pandemic-Related Trends Likely to Stick Around 
    • A Shared Endeavor: Arts Education for America’s Students
  • Questions, Submissions? arts@nwmiarts.net
Share ArtsEd on Social

Share ArtsEd on Social

Tell your arts education story via social media. AFTA shares tips & tools in this Social Media Campaign guide. Use during National Arts in Education Week or anytime. Don't forget to use #ArtsEdWeek & #BecauseOfArtsEd. More here.

News & Tools


Latest News


Network E-News, 9/9/2021

September 12 - 18, 2021 #BecauseOfArtsEd

Passed by Congress in 2010, House Resolution 275 designates the week beginning with the second Sunday in September as National Arts in Education Week. During this week, the field of arts education joins together in communities across the country to tell the story of the impact of the transformative power of the arts in education.

Americans for the Arts shares ways to join this year's campaign:

  1. Celebrate. Host a virtual celebration for your school or community, whether big or small, an existing event, or a new one. Download and use the shared logo to use for promotion. Be sure to download the 5 Ways to Partner Packet for other ideas of how to celebrate in your community!
  2. Advocate. Work with your elected officials and decision-makers to share the value of the arts in education. Whether a mayor, principal, or U.S. Congressman, check out sample resolutions and videos, send an op-ed to your local newspaper, and use the Arts Education Navigator—an online tool with six action steps to crafting a personal advocacy plan.
  3. Participate. Share your story in the social media campaign, #BecauseOfArtsEd, to bring national visibility to the issue of arts education. See below for more information and download the Social Media How To Guide.
Remember, in Northern Michigan, we can make any week our own Arts in Ed week or month. Use these ideas to celebrate & advocate for Arts in Education all month & on.
Link to National Arts in Education Week
Link to #BecauseOfArtsEd

COVID Arts Ed Resources

To help arts and education leaders navigate the continuing impact of the pandemic, Arts Education Partnership (AEP) compiled relevant content to support the arts education field. Link here  for a downloadable pdf or see Website (Tools & COVID)

Share Arts Ed Via Social Media

Tell your arts education story & share your own educational resources via social media. AFTA shares tips & tools in this Social Media Campaign guide. Download here. Use during National Arts in Education Week or anytime. Don't forget to use (and see other examples)
#ArtsEdWeek & #BecauseOfArtsEd.

Arts Grants for Pre-K-12

The Network administers two MCACA minigrant opportunities to support arts & culture in schools. Applicants must be Michigan accredited Pre-K-12 educational institutions, including public, non-public & private schools, home school, local & intermediate school districts, regional educational services agencies & accredited Head Start programs. Schools must be the applicant. Info & links are on the Network website ("Resources") or above. Please share!

A Shared Endeavor: Arts Education for America’s Students.

Twelve arts advocacy groups collaborated to articulate the purpose & value of arts education in the balanced curriculum of all students, assert its place as a core academic subject area, and detail how sequential arts learning can be supported by rigorous national standards and assessments. The model is predicated on the convergence the skills and expertise of several members of the arts education ecosystem: arts educators, community arts organizations and non-arts educators. Read here.

MI Humanities Poetry Apps Open

Michigan Humanities is taking applications from schools & organizations to host a local Poetry Out Loud program for high school students. Poetry Out Loud (POL) is a national poetry recitation competition. By encouraging youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance, students can master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. The program and all materials are provided to each partner at no cost. More info here.

FY22 Announcements Delayed

For those who applied for MCACA grants & minigrants - Announcement of FY22 funding decisions was originally slated for 9/17/2021. Unfortunately MCACA cannot make grant award announcements until the State finalizes its FY22 budget.  Notices will be sent to all grant applicants notifying how to access the virtual award announcement, anticipated early/mid October. Minigrantees will be notified by email directly from the Network within 24 hours of the virtual event.
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Tools & Resources

Tools for School Partners

Tools for School Partners

Americans for the Arts shares this toolbox for partnering with schools and educators during National Arts in ...

Let’s Connect

Please join the Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network on social media and at arts and cultural events, exhibitions, galleries, museums, performances and so much more. Connect with us to see what’s coming up, follow issues and share your own creative work.



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