To harness the collective power of the creative sector to cultivate vibrant communities by strengthening the ecosystem that supports arts and culture
The Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network (“the Network”) was formed in 2015 as an arts services organization to connect, support and advocate for those that create and drive arts and culture in northern Michigan. Originally incubated through fiscal sponsor Networks Northwest in Traverse City, the organization obtained 501c3 status in 2018.
Communities that are resilient, dynamic, connected and growing, with a public that highly values arts, culture and the creative process as a means for entertainment, creative expression, viable careers, lifelong learning, open dialog, creating spaces and contributing to a robust economy.
By harnessing the collective power of the arts, vibrant communities will be cultivated that reflect a strong cultural ecosystem with distinct characteristics demonstrating that Northwest Lower Michigan is a caring place where artists and people of all backgrounds, disciplines, interests and skill sets can lead an economically viable, fulfilled quality of life.
The Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network began convening in October 2015 as a grassroots regional endeavor linking individual artists, nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, creative entrepreneurs, community stakeholders and creative projects within Northwest Michigan’s ten primarily rural, underserved counties – Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee and Wexford (also known as Michigan’s ‘Prosperity Region 2’). It serves as a catalyst and connector to regional resources, relationships and opportunities not broadly known or inaccessible.
We believe that a healthy arts and culture ‘ecosystem’ – the interconnected organizations, individuals, and social and economic behaviors supporting the sector – creates conditions that allow arts, culture and the creative sector to thrive. We also believe by using a network approach to capacity building, those working together offer greater impact.
We are a regional network for individual artists, nonprofit organizations, private sector ‘creative industry’ businesses, professional services, policymakers, stakeholders and creative projects within Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee and Wexford counties.
The network serves as an advocate for arts, culture and the creative community as well as a connector to regional resources, relationships and opportunities.
Activities focus on services, capacity building and strengthening the “ecosystem’ that supports and promotes arts, culture and the creative sector.
Connecting members artists, organizations and communities with each other, to resources and opportunities
Advocacy and promotion for arts and culture of all disciplines in northern Michigan
Funding opportunities, including MCACA Regional Regrant Minigrants & open grant announcements
Learning resources and professional development
Artist support, calls for art, communication
‘Backbone’ services, collaboration, networking
The Network serves the ten counties of Northwest Lower Michigan – Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee and Wexford. It is home to more than 150 organizations and 1,500 artists as well as numerous community cultural projects and creative endeavors.
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Financial & Governance
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Northwest Michigan Arts and Culture Network
PO Box 1859
600 East Front Street, Suite 104
Traverse City, MI 49685
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