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

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

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

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.

Our Vision

The Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network envisions 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.

Our Beliefs

Arts, culture and creative expression are transformational,
create opportunities and should be accessible to all.

Arts, culture and the creative sector are essential drivers of vibrant communities by
fostering civic engagement, provviding viable and fulfilling careers, stimulating economic activity, contributing to quality of life and increasing cultural empathy.

A strong ecosystem allows arts, culture and creative endeavors to thrive and grow.

Creating connections – with each other and our communities – builds relationships that strengthen support, access, and opportunities for arts, culture and creative endeavors.

Working together, our collective voice is strong and our impact 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!

Facebook Page

Facebook Private Group

NW MI Arts & Cultural Network Community

Private Group for Network Members & Colleagues




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