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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.

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Coming Up

  • Monthly Zoom Roundtable, 2/1/2024, 10am. Roundtables held the 1st Thursday of the month via Zoom (link here). Next: 2/1/2024 There is NO Roundtable in January
  • Winter Calendar & Tour Map: Access info, maps, self guided tours, events, performances, exhibits and public art throughout the region. LINK to Winter Arts & Tours Calendar.
  • Michigan Arts & Culture Council (MACC) School Grants & Minigrants, Round 2. Arts in Education grants, and minigrants for Arts Equipment & Supplies, & School Busses to Arts Experiences. Application deadline, 5pm, 1/15. Info here. 

Recent E-News:

  • MACC FY24 Grant Awards: Announced 9/22 are posted here (Scroll to bottom of page for lists by program and by county)
  • 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 1/22/2024

Community Partners Workshop, 1/27, 10am

What are the transformational moments that shaped your creativity? How does Northern Michigan infuse our arts, culture, and communities? What is NoMi’s story … and strength?

Prize-winning author Anne-Marie Oomen will lead a free, Zoom writing workshop on Saturday, 1/27/2024, 10am-Noon, that will guide writers in exploring transformational moments and the power of the arts. Co-sponsored by Northwest Michigan Arts and Culture Network and Michigan Writers, the event is open to all interested participants, free of charge but registration is required.

The Workshop kicks off a series of writing opportunities to create, share and publish pieces rooted in sharing transformational moments and the power of the arts. All are part of a Michigan Arts & Culture Council Community Partners grant project that uses storytelling to focus on exploring the role creativity, arts and culture play in furthering our communities and how our unique, scenic corner of Northern Michigan has infused and informed the works – literary, visual, performance, cultural – that are created here.

Anne-Marie Oomen is an author, teacher and recent recipient of the 2023-24 Michigan Author Award by the Library of Michigan. She is the former director of Creative Writing at Interlochen Center for the arts and currently an instructor at Solstice MFA in Creative Writing at Lasell University in Massachusetts.

Following the workshop, participants and regional writers will be able to submit pieces for online publication and readings. Register here. Questions, arts@nwmiarts.net.

Register for 1/27 Writing Workshop

New Features on Fresh Coast Creatives

The Community Partners storytelling project also includes the Fresh Coast Creatives series, audio features spotlighting regional artists on Interlochen Public Radio. Listen to the newest features.

Data Tools to Tell Stories

Access strategies, ideas and tools to help share your impact stories through SMU DataArts’ webinars, analysis tools, and on-demand learning modules:

  • Upcoming: Data at Work 2/15, Getting Started with CDP 3/5
  • Self paced courses: Looking as We Leap; Strength in Numbers; Connecting the Dots; Making the Case
  • Samples: Examples from across the US.

CAN Advocacy Day 3/5, Webinar 3/1

The Cultural Advocacy Network of Michigan’s annual Advocacy Day is slated for Tuesday, 3/5. Join with colleagues across the state to advocate for arts and culture with our elected legislators. All meetings will be held via Zoom, and are being scheduled by CAN. Meetings are set up with legislators and advocates from their district, (you are not meeting alone!). This advocacy is so important in sharing our stories with those that approve arts and cultural (MACC) funding, impacting policies and initiatives. As many know, the MACC budget was cut last year. We need to share the impact we make, and the impact of funding support for the arts in their home districts.

Event registration includes an advocacy toolkit and a Zoom training session on 3/1, 12-1pm. Network members can register at a reduced $10 fee. Contact arts@nwmiarts.net for the discount code.

February Roundtable, 2/1

Focus on Tourism Passports, Advocacy

Join us for our first Zoom Roundtable of 2024. Share your updates, insights and questions on all topics, but also plan to share your interest and recommendations for creating an arts and cultural port to cross promote our events and venues across the region. We’ll also discuss 3/5 Advocacy Day & the 5/7 Summit.

Empty Bowls’ Artful Hearts

The Northwest Food Coalition is hosting Empty Bowls on Sunday, 4/28 at Howe Arena in TC to benefit its Farm 2 Neighbor Fund. Network member ClaySpace has been a leader in bringing art bowls to the event. Organizers are hoping to host an exhibition of food/hunger themed artwork and is seeking to borrow works to display. In addition, donations of small works are being sought. More info here or from organizers at malyk805@gmail.com

Capacity Building

Calls for Art and Entries

Here are some of the recent calls and opportunities in the Network.

Touring Grant Apps Open 2/1

Michigan Humanities Arts and Humanities Touring Grant applications open February 1 at 9:00am, for events occurring 3/1 – 5/31/24.. Submit applications as soon as possible after it opens because demand is very high, and these grants are first-come first-served. Find more information and grant guidelines here:  Apps re-open 5/1 for performances 6/1-8/15.

Rural Arts Podcast, Tools, News.

The Dept of Public Transformation is an artist-led nonprofit that works to develop creative strategies for increased community connection, civic engagement, and equitable participation in rural places. Check out their weekly e-news or Beyond the Clock, a monthly digital learning exchange and happy hour for rural connectors and cultural workers co-hosted with Voices for Rural Resilience, in partnership with the Rural Assembly.

Linked In for Nonprofits

Sharing from TechSoup:
The LinkedIn for Nonprofits Resource Hub offers a variety of features and best practices for hiring, marketing, and #fundraising on LinkedIn. Check it the site and tools by Linking Here.

Linked In for Nonprofits also has a Facebook page with regular tips and links as well. Link here.


Charlevoix Circle Launches Creators Corner Video Series

Charlevoix Circle of Arts lauched a new video series showcasing an individual artist each month with artist intervies and highlights of their work. See this feature on Margie Guyot by linking to YouTube here.

2024-25 Michigan Art Guide, Ads Due 3/1

Michigan Art Guide is prepping its 2024-2025 edition. Ad/listing reservations are being taken. Deadline is 3/1. The Network is tentatively planning to place an ad promoting our calendar and collective cross promotion of all Network organizations and regional artists. For more information, pricing, placement, and contacts, LINK HERE.

Video Celebrates Gopherwood’s 40th Season

Congratulations to Gopherwood Concerts in Cadillac as it celebrates its 40th season. Check out this video created by the Cadillac Visitors Bureau. LINK HERE. Congratulations!

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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