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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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Member Spotlight: @goodhartartistresidency is a truly beautiful space with a model program. Hundreds of artists, composers, and writers apply each year to live and create here while engaging the community in @harborsprings and @petoskey_michigan.


Would you like to be featured here? Become a member of the Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network.

#michigan #art #artist #artistresidency

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Would you like to be featured here? Become a member of the Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network.

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Coming Up

  • Network-MACC Zoom Roundtable, 5/22, 1:30pmInfo on MACC grants, minigrants process, Q&A. Join Zoom Here
  • Little Traverse Member Programs Info Link Here):
    • Caffeinated Conversations: What Can a Culture Network Do For Me? 5/29. 9-10:30am
    • Level Up: Board Basics – Board Roles & Responsibilities, 6/8, 9am-Noon
  • 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. Grant guidelines for FY25 grant programs are available. Deadline 7/24, 5pm EST. Funding PDF – download here. Grant Info here. 

Recent E-News:

  • Network’s Next Chapter. 
  • Summit Recap & Resources
  • 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
New Member Programs in Little Traverse Area

New Member Programs in Little Traverse Area

We're thrilled to introduce two new member programs launching in the Little Traverse region. These initiatives signify our concentrated effort to provide valuable programming and services to our community. Designed to foster professional growth ...

News & Tools


Latest News


Network E-News, 5/17/2024

Moving Forward – To the Future

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”  Helen Keller

“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.”  Mother Teresa

Almost ten years ago, we began coming together to see what and arts and culture network could look like and how we could work together to further the arts and strengthen our ecosystem. Along the way, the pandemic ripped through the country and challenged our young Network – but we came through together with resiliency, grit and the creativity that vibrates through our many artists, culture bearers, organizations and community champions. Today – the Network has grown to 85 organizations and hundreds of individuals. And – we’re just getting started!

Our Next Chapter

Beginning June 1, the Network begins transitioning into its next chapter. Executive Director Mary Gillett begins moving toward her retirement at the end of our fiscal year (9/30) while Associate Director Troy DeShano begins assuming day to day duties and leading new efforts, including our new website and upcoming artist gatherings. Troy will also take over the E-News with its next edition.

Who to contact – and for what?

  • Mary Gillett: MACC FY24 Minigrants, MACC FY24 Community Partners, MACC Connections/Questions, Grant Reports, Fiscal Partnerships, Invoices. arts@nwmiarts.net
  • Troy DeShano: Daily Network Operations, Requests/Inquiries, Membership, Fund Development, Website, Calls for Art, Programming, Outreach/Engagement,. Technology director@nwmiarts.org
  • Maria Klimaszeski: Find the Arts Calendar Info; Salesforce, Data; Admin Support. admin@nwmiarts.org
  • Cindy McSurely: Little Traverse area capacity building. LittleTraverse@nwmiarts.org

On a personal note – it has been an honor to join you in creating and building the Network. I am so proud of the work we’ve done together and so excited to see where it goes in the future. The next chapter will be exciting. Thank you for these years together. Mary G


MACC Zoom Roundtable
This Wed – 5/22 – 1:30pm

Questions, questions!  So much is new for MACC grants this year. What happens to the minigrants? How to apply? What documentation is needed? Join the Network’s Zoom roundtable with MACC’s Jackie Lillis-Warwick this Wednesday, 5/22, 1:30pm.

Can’t make the Zoom or have top questions you definitely want discussed? Email arts@nwmiarts.net

MACC FY25 Grants

MACC is currently accepting applications for its FY25 grant period. Application deadline: July 24, 2024 at 5:00pm EST.  Arts and culture funding is available for Michigan nonprofits, PreK-12 schools (public or private, home schools, RESAs, etc), colleges/universities, municipalities, and Tribal entities. Funding is available (depending on organization type) in several areas including operations, projects, professional development, arts education, facility improvements, and more.

There are many changes to the FY25 grants and process compared to past years. Please attend the 5/22 Zoom, MACC office hours other MACC sessions

Zoom Link to MACC Roundtable 5/22, 1:30pm

Coming up in Little Traverse

Check out the new member events slated for the Little Traverse area, including:

  • Caffeinated Conversations: What Can a Culture Network Do For Me? 5/29. 9-10:30am
  • Level Up: Board Basic – Board Roles & Responsibilities, 6/8, 9am-Noon

For more information, LINK HERE. or send an email to LittleTraverse@nwmiarts.org

Little Traverse programming is supported in part by generous grants from the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation and the Charlevoix County Community Foundation. Thank you!

New Spring Sculptures

We missed the chance to commemorate International Sculpture Day on 4/27 but here’s a shout out to all who are bring public art to Northwest Michigan. Michigan Legacy Art Park, Art Rapids, Art on the TART, the Dennos Museum Center/Northwestern Michigan College and the many current works and new projects in Traverse City, Jordan River, Petoskey, Manistee, Cadillac and so many more communities. Here’s the latest addition at Charlevoix’s Circle of Arts, two works by Charlevoix native TJ Christiansen.

Stories That Heal – 5/19

Stories that Heal is a music, storytelling and community wellbeing project  focused on mental health and healing through lifting local stories and musical expressions in Benzie County. The 2024 iteration of Stories That Heal builds upon a very successful pilot project in 2021, including  community dialogues, story sharing circles and community creative workshops. A free community concert will be held Sunday, 5/19 at 5pm at the Garden Theater in Frankfort. IPR is producing a series of podcasts (hear past series here). More info here. 

The Power in Our Partnerships

What a wonderful day – and record turnout – for the 2024 Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Summit at Interlochen Center for the Arts. We had 180 registrants in person & by Zoom, 30+ speakers, 3 panels/large sessions, 3 talks, 6 breakouts as well as wonderful performances by Interlochen classical voice students performing pieces from Edmonia and Michigan Writers reading previews from Transformational. Thank you to all who planned the day, led sessions and participated.

Want to revisit the Summit, schedule or speakers – or to access the digital toolbox of resources? Visit the Summit page at https://nwmiarts.org/summit/

Share Summit Feedback

Let us know your thoughts about the Summit. We’d love your feedback about the entire day – topics, format, speakers, experience. Help us know what worked well and what might have worked better. Help us know what topics you’d like to see highlighted next year – and, perhaps, throughout the year at smaller local gatherings. And – would you like to get more involved – with the Network, the next Summit or a committee? Let us know! Use QR or LINK HERE

Capacity Building

Calls for Art

Recent Calls for Art in the Network:

Grants at Arts Midwest

Three current grant opportunities with Arts Midwest, link title for info:

NEA Summer Grant Apps

Following grant applications are open for the National Endowment for the Arts

Impact 100 Grants Due 5/24

Impact 100 Traverse City will be awarding 3 grants of $116,000 in 2024. Impact’s five focus areas are: Arts & Culture, Education; Family; Health & Wellness; and, Environment/Preservation/Recreation. Any nonprofit in the five-county area (Leelanau, Benzie, Antrim, Kalkaska, and Grand Traverse) can apply here: https://www.impacttc.org/grants/  Deadline is 5/24/2024 at 6pm EST.

Artist Grants at Artist Archive

Artist Archive regularly updates its list of grants available to artists across the country. It’s also a great source for resources, webinars and resources. Grant information – link here  Artist Archive resources and general info – link here


Thank you, GTRCF!

The Network is honored to be included in the recently released 2023 Annual Report for the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation (GTRCF).

For the past six months, the Network has been benefitting from a 2023 Community Funds grant to support capacity building which has allowed us to proceed with our succession plan, increase our staff capacity, begin to improve our technology/website, and continue building the Network and implementing our 2022-2025 strategic plan with priorities of connecting, capacity building and communications in serving our members, the creative sector and our communities. The impact already made with these funds is significant but the continue potential impact is exponential. Thank you, GTRCF and your Foundation donors, for your support for the Network and for arts and culture throughout the region. We are honored. Link to the GTRCF Annual Report here.


Music by Request – Summit Edition – This Weekend

IPR host and producer Nancy Deneen gathered requests and recording from Summit attendees for her popular IPR Classical Music by Request program that airs each weekend. You can listen in to the Summit edition of Music by Request on Saturday, 5/18 at 9am with an encore on Sunday, 5/19 at noon. Recording of the show will also be available after the weekend on the IPR Music By Request page here.
And – a big thank you to all who joined Nancy to share their requests and their stories at the Summit.

Fresh Coast Creatives: Minnie Wabanimkee

Summit attendees who participated in the breakout: A Sense of Place: Sharing Cultures, Traditions, Stories had the chance to meet Minnie Wabanimkee, a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians & Photographer/ Researcher for the upcoming “It’s More Than Quillbox/Ooshme Gaawiyekaajigan aawon” exhibition. She’s profiled by Leslie Hamp of IPR’s Red Pine Radio for its most recent edition of Fresh Coast Creatives. Listen to the story – Link here

This exhibition is supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art, National Endowment for the Arts, Institute for Museum and Library Services, Ziibiwing Center for Anishinabe Culture and Lifeways, MSU Native American Institute, Michigan State University Museum, Michigan Traditional Arts Program, MSU University Outreach and Engagement, Michigan State University/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation – Less Commonly Taught and Indigenous Languages Partnership with additional in-kind support from the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians and Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network.

Trending Topics

Here are a few of the latest articles and blog posts that we’ve been reading:

Congratulation to Jeff Haas, who was honored on his 75th birthday, 5/9/24, for his lifetime dedication to the art form of Jazz as a pianist, composer, concert series & festival presenter & promoter, and for his devotion to touching young lives through Building Bridges with Music. Bravo, Jeff! 
(Shown with Laurie Sears at The Alluvion)

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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