About

The Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network

The Network is the regional arts and cultural service organization serving “Region 2” – the ten counties of Northwest Lower Michigan – Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee and Wexford.  The region is home to more than 150 organizations and 1,500 artists as well as numerous community cultural projects and creative endeavors. Individually and collectively, all contribute to the quality, economy, culture and conversations resonating through our vibrant communities.

The Network serves as a convener, connector and advocate. Our goal is to help arts and culture thrive with services – promotion, tools, training, funding, collaboration – to support the individuals, organizations and ecosystem driving our creative sector.

Explore Northern Arts & Culture

Use this interactive map to find, explore and experience our region’s arts, culture and creative treasures.

Is your site included? Would you like more information? Please share so we can connect with you and continue building the map to our creative region.

Questions? Use the link to learn more, make connections or send recommendations.

Our Work

MCACA Minigrants

Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network is the Region 2 Regrant Agency for Michigan Arts & Culture Council. It oversees the Minigrant program, including minigrants supporting projects, professional and organizational development, and arts education.

Programs & Services

Connecting
Serving as a convener, connector, and central voice to engage and support the region’s artists, arts and cultural organizations, and community stakeholders.

Learning
Providing professional development, mentoring and educational resources, including the annual Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Summit.

Promotion & Advocacy
Regional branding, promotion, marketing, media relations and digital tools. Building engagement, investment and support for the impact and value of arts

Access to Funding
Administering the Region 2 Regrant program. Leveraging resources, building financial support, and sharing funding opportunities.

Artist Support
Supporting individual creatives of all disciplines. Networking, promotion, calls, and support for the ‘work of art.’

Our Mission

Our mission is to support and strengthen the collective power of artists, culture bearers and the creative sector to cultivate vibrant communities.

Our Vision

We envision a Northwest Michigan region that highly values and supports the creative sector and is a place where artists and people of all backgrounds, disciplines, and interests lead fulfilled lives.

Our Beliefs

We believe in these principles, which guide all our efforts:

Creative expression is transformational,
creates opportunities, and should be accessible to all.

Everyone in the arts and culture sector are essential drivers of vibrant communities, stimulating economic activity and increasing cultural empathy.

A strong, connected arts and culture ecosystem allows creative endeavors to thrive,
adding value and increasing impact.

Working together, our collective voice is stronger and our influence is greater.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

& Accessibility

The mission of the Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network is to harness the collective power of the creative sector to cultivate vibrant communities by strengthening the regional ecosystem that supports arts and culture.

Foundational to our Network culture and the regional ecosystem is our commitment to value diversity, foster equity, and advocate for an accessible and inclusive environment. Our goal is to ensure Network programs and services reflect these values while also advocating for similar policies, practices and resources regionally.

The Network recognizes diversity as the characteristics and attributes that make each of us unique individually or as a group, including but not limited to gender, race, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and age, as well as cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, life experiences, skills, thoughts, perspectives, and ideas.

We are committed to removing barriers and to contributing to an inclusionary, accessible environment that welcomes all to engage in the arts, culture and creative experiences throughout the region.

Let’s Connect

Please join the Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network on social media. Promote your events, announcements and creative work by posting or sharing to the Network sites. Join the private Facebook group to discuss with colleagues. Invite others to join, like, support and engage!