2023 NW MI Arts & Culture Summit


Connections, Capacity, Communications


Tuesday, 5/9/2023  – 8:15am-3:30pm

Mallory-Towsley Center for Arts Leadership
at Interlochen Center for the Arts
Schedule      Speakers     Resources 

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Highlights from Opening Session/Panel 1

Artists, culture bearers, and creatives of all disciplines, arts and cultural organizations, creative businesses, and community builders are invited to join the 2023 Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Summit.

The regional summit is a professional development day held annually to learn, strengthen relationships, share resources and continue collaborating to build the ten-county network.

Panel discussionss will explore: Leading Together: Connecting Champions, Collaborators, Creators & Communities, Programming in the New Normal, and Power Networking. Breakout sessions share hands-on tools and strategies with tracks for individual artists as well as organizations. Topics include: Work of Art, The Money Pie, Volunteer Management, Emerging Technology in the Arts, Cultural Tourism, & Sharing Panels.  Speakers include more than 20 regional artists, arts and cultural leaders, community project directors and creative sector advocates, in addition to state leaders from Michigan Arts & Culture Council, Americans for the Arts, Michigan Presenters Network and Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Summit registration is a benefit of Network Membership.
Non-members welcome. Scholarships are available.
Contact arts@nwmiarts.net with questions.

Presentations, tools, research, links, publication and other resources used during this and prior Summits are available to review or download via the Summit Resources page. This page will be updated as resources, transcrips and recordings are available.  


Summit Schedule

The 2023 Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Summit will be presented

at Interlochen Center for the Arts. Zoom options available for remote participation.

Scroll Below for Schedule & Speakers Bios

Morning Welcome & Panels

Prelude – 8:15-8:35am

Registration & Networking
Continental Breakfast
Sharing Table

Morning music performed by Ted Alan

Members artwork and music will be on display and woven through the day.

Gather & Greetings – 8:30am

Trey Devey
President, Interlochen Center for the Arts

Gary Gatzke
President, Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network
Associate Director of Continuing & Community Education, Interlochen Center for the Arts
Mary Bevans Gillett
Convener, Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network

Creativity: Superpower to Success

Creativity infuses arts and culture … and powers our communities.
Let’s kick off our first sessions by connecting the dots andcelebrating the role creativity plays
in building success across all sectors and all players.

Jamie Gallagher
President, Faber-Castell USA

State of the Arts for Arts & Culture

There are new faces and new forces in Lansing and across Michigan. What are the key trends impacting arts and culture
and, i
n particular, what is the impact on funding, promotion, advocacy and artist support here at home? 

Alison Watson
Director, Michigan Arts & Culture Council

Panel 1 – 9:00am

Leading Together: Connecting Champions,

Collaborators, Creators & Communities


We each play a role in creating and furthering arts, culture and community vibrancy.
Artists, culture bearers, organizations, leaders, visionaries, connectors, advocates. Let’s build on the strengths the arts bring to our region and our state … and envision a resilient post-pandemic landscape fueled by collaboration, creativity and connections across all sectors. This interactive discussion with regional, state and national leaders looks at the trends, issues, challenges, and opportunities to join together to support a strong creative economy.


Alison Watson
Director, Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs
Nikki Devitt
President, Petoskey Chamber of Commerce
Co-Chair, Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance

Jamie Gallagher
CEO, Faber-Castell USA
Founder, 4 the Win Partners


Deb Polich
Executive Director, Artrain & Creative Washtenaw
Michigan Advocacy Captain, Americans for the Arts

Anne-Marie Oomen
Author, Poet, Playwright, Artist

Trey Devey
President, Interlochen Center for the Arts


Short Break

Panel 2 – 10:25am

Programming & Performing in the New Normal

Join this panel of performers and programmers in an interactive discussion on the trends, challenges, strategies and new opportunities many are facing in building new audiences, promotion and programming for events, gigs, festivals and seasons. What’s working in “the new normal?”


Kassia Perpich
Associate Director, Great Lakes Center for the Arts
Anna Rudnitsky
President, Michigan Presenters Network
Programming Coordinator, Midland Center for the Arts

Brent Wrobel
Director of Interlochen Presents, Interlochen Center for the Arts

Megan DeWindt
President, Crooked Tree Arts Center (Petoskey)
Kristi Wodek
Vice-President, Crooked Tree Arts Center (Traverse City)

Tim Jones
Singer, Songwriter, Musician

Peter Payette
Executive Director, Interlochen Public Radio


Session 3 – 11:35am

Power Networking

Let’s keep thinking creatively & collaboratively. IPR staff will facilitate a fast-paced session to find common ground and see if 2+2 might make 5. Maybe your next great event will be conceived here!


Peter Payette
Executive Director, Interlochen Public Radio


Break for Lunch

LUNCH – 11:50 PM

Sandwich & Salad Buffet

Continue ‘speed dating’ and discussing. Enjoy lunch with participants and presenters. Mix it up. Meet new colleagues and renew relationships. Brainstorm. Share ideas, experiences, questions and best practices.


Optional Topic Tables

Questions for Michigan Arts & Culture Council? 
Alex Flannery, MACC Operational Support Program Director &
Jeff Garrett, MACC Capital Improvements Program Director & ADA 504 Coordinator
Alex & Jeff are available to meet, discuss MACC & answer questions.

Meet Esther Triggs, MACC Council Member &
Interlochen Center for the Arts Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Move to Breakouts – 12:55pm

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Breakouts A, B, C – 1:00-2:00pm
– Short Break –
Breakouts D, E, F – 2:05-3:05pm

Breakout A

Artist Track

Work of Art: The Buiness of Being an Artist

Michelle Bien
Artist &
Art + Connection

Amanda Kik
Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology &
The Alluvion

Brett Sinclair
Raven & Lotus


Breakout B

Capacity Building

Volunteer Management

Amy Gillard
Harbor Springs Festival of the Book

Megan Holtrey
Dennos Museum Center
Bailey Nuss
United Way of Northwest Michigan

Breakout C


Tourism Work Table

Mary Bevans Gillett
NW MI Arts & Culture Network

Julie Povolo
Crooked Tree Arts Center – Traverse City

TBA, Tourism Industry Representative


Breakout D

Artist Track

Art & Social Change

Michelle Bien
Artist &
Art + Connection

Amanda Kik
Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology
& The Alluvion

Brett Sinclair
Raven & Lotus

Breakout E

Capacity Building

The Money Pie: Best Practices for Increasing Revenue

Sarah Kime
Glen Arbor Arbor Arts Center

Lisa Brady
Great Lakes Children’s Museum

Emily Culler
Interlochen Center for the Arts 

Breakout F


NFT? AI? AR? Emerging Tech in the Arts

Troy DeShano
Artist &
Michigan Legacy Art Park

Next Steps & Send-Off – 3:10-3:30pm

Join us back in the Great Room to recap the breakouts, the day and celebrate our work.

Speakers & Featured Guests

Trey Devey

Trey Devey

June 12, 2017, marked Trey Devey’s first day as the eighth president of Interlochen Center for the Arts. Devey is responsible for advancing the institution as a global leader in arts education and a high impact, financially sustainable non-profit, which includes Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen Arts Camp, Interlochen College of Creative Arts, Interlochen Presents, Interlochen Online, and Interlochen Public Radio. Devey began his tenure working toward the completion of the Sasaki ...
Alison Watson

Alison Watson

Alison Watson is the Executive Director for the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. MCACA serves to encourage, develop and facilitate an enriched environment of creative and cultural activity in Michigan. The Council envisions a Michigan where every citizen celebrates the state's cultural treasures and arts and cultural experiences are accessible to all its citizens.  Watson has numerous years of expertise in Michigan’s arts and cultural sector and has held ...
Jamie Gallagher

Jamie Gallagher

After growing up in Pittsburgh, PA and graduating from the University of Notre Dame, Jamie began what is now a 40-year career in the creative products industries. For sixteen years he was a key sales and marketing executive with LEGO working both in the US and Canadian markets. He then continued the trend of working with high quality, privately held toy brands by serving as President of Playmobil USA. In 2003, Jamie assumed the role of President and CEO of Faber-Castell USA, the US ...

President and CEO, Faber-Castell USA (retired); Consultant & Public Speaker on Creativity & Business


Ted Alan

Ted Alan

Ted Alan is a professional guitarist and vocalist, specializing in jazz and blues and working with a variety of great musicians including Sherman Mitchell, Rob Smith, Herb Ellis, Mose Allison, and Pete Magadini. For 30 years, Ted has performed and organized events centering on Live Music in Public Places. He is the former director of the Music Performance Trust Fund for the state of Arizona, former Artist in Residence for the Arizona Commission on the Arts and has worked with private, ...
Lisa Brady

Lisa Brady

Lisa Brady is the Deveopment Director at the Great Lakes Children's Museum. Originally from Traverse City, Lisa worked for the US Army as an Emergency Medical Technician before earning her bachelor's degree in Economics from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. After working for a Microsoft joint venture in China and CH Robinson Worldwide, she returned to school to pursue her Master of Business Administration, concentrated in Non-profit Management from Lipscomb University in ...

Great Lakes Children's Museum



Thank you to the sponsors whose support makes the Summit possible.


Resources from Past Summits


The Northwest Michigan Arts and Culture Summit is held annually at Interlochen Center for the Arts. This convening brings together artists of all disciplines, arts & cultural organizations, creative entrepreneurs, community builders, planners and stakeholders together with state arts leaders to explore best practices, timely topics, network tools, sector challenges, funding strategies and partnering opportunities as we continue shaping the network’s future. Hallmarks are the rich range of local, regional and state speakers and the high level of interactivity, connectivity and strengthened relationships among attendees. The regional arts and culture summit is an annual springboard to new relationships, opportunities, mentors and ideas.

Resources from past summits are available below. 
The May 2020 Summit was cancelled due to COVID-19. 

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