2021 NW MI Arts & Culture Summit

Celebrating Resiliency – Fueling Recovery

Building Back for a Stronger Creative Sector

Tuesday, 5/4/21  – 9:30am-3:00pm – Online

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Artists & creatives of all disciplines, arts & cultural organizations, creative businesses, community builders, planners and 78 regional stakeholders participated – virtually – in the 2021 Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Summit on May 4, 2021.
See online schedule below for links to recordings and transcripts.

Recovery, resiliency and reshaping were the key themes in 2021 with discussions, demos and hands-on tools and strategies. Panel discussions explored: “The Pandemic Pivot,” “Diversity & Inclusion,” and “Powering Art in the Public Square.” Breakout sessions included: “Evaluation 101,” “Diversity Deep Dive,” “Work of Art,” “Advocacy & Action,” “Tech Tips, Tools & Strategies,” and “Creative Collaboration.” Speakers included more than 30 regional artists, arts and cultural leaders, community project directors, and creative sector advocates, in addition to state leaders of Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, Michigan Museums Association, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Artrain and Michigan’s Creative Coast.

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.

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

Presentations, tools, research, links, publication and other resources used during the day are available to review or download in 2021 Summit Resources (see button, right). This page continues to be updated. See online schedule for links to transcripts & recordings. 

 

Program & Presentations

The 2021 Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Summit will be presented online via Zoom.

Scroll Below for Schedule & Speakers Bios

 

Join us for

Interactive presentations, panel discussions & breakout sessions

Networking, resource sharing, deep dives & best practices

Hands-on tools & post-pandemic strategies to rebuild, reshape & recover for a stronger creative sector

Morning Panels

 

Welcome – 9:30am

Celebrating Resiliency, Building Recovery: Arts, Culture & Creative Communites

Mercedes Michalowski
Executive Director, Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts
President, Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network
Gary Gatzke
Associate Director of Continuing & Community Education, Interlochen Center for the Arts

State of Arts & Culture

Alison Watson, Director
Michigan Council for Arts & Culture Affairs

Link to Recording Here               Link to Transcript Here

Panel 1 – 9:45am

The Pandemic Pivot

“Resiliency is the ability to pivot – over and over again.”
Since the pandemic hit the United States, the creative sector has been dramatically impacted on all levels. Looking back and forward forward, we will discuss the the many pivots taken, lasting impact, silver linings, opportunities and continued challenges as we begin to reshape and re-open as we emerge through final phases of the pandemic. Join this interactive discussion.

 

Alison Watson, Director
Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs
Lisa Craig Brisson, Executive Director
Michigan Museums Association

Katherine Luellen, Executive Dean
Interlochen Center for the Arts

Jennifer McQuiston Lott, Dancer/Choreographer;  Co-Artistic Director
Traverse City Dance Project
Facilitator
Mary Bevans Gillett, Convener
Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network

Link to Recording Here               Link to Transcript Here

Panel 2 – 10:40AM

Building Diversity & Inclusion

Arts, culture and the creative sector can offer a voice and a connector to further diversity and inclusion in our workplaces, our communities and in the work we share. How can we take steps forward to do so?
Holly T. Bird
Title Track
Craig Hadley
Dennos Museum Center
Xavier Verna
Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts
Vester Waters
Interlochen Center for the Arts
Facilitator
Sarah Bearup-Neal
Glen Arbor Arts

View Recording Here

Panel 3 – 11:30am

Powering Art in Public

Arts and culture can power recovery as our communities mend. Can the arts be the catalyst to rebuild the public square? How do we best use the creative sector to connect, challenge, and engage with each other, new audiences, and important community conversations.
Ted Alan
Musician
Caitlin Early
Traverse Area Recreation & Transportation Trails
Nancy McRay
Textile Artist & Art Rapids
Rick Schmitt
Stormcloud Brewing Company
Facilitator
Peter Payette, Executive Director
Interlochen Public Radio
Interlochen Center for the Arts

Link to Recording

Interlochen Insights – 12:15PM

Trey Devey, President
Interlochen Center for the Arts

Link to Recording               Link to Transcript

Lunch Break – 12:30PM

Optional Network Breakout Rooms
MCACA Staff – Drop-in Grant Info/Q&A
Emerging Leaders
General Networking
Interested in a special topic, please share!

Reconvene & Re-engage – 1:15PM

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Breakouts A, B, C – 1:20pm
– Short Break –
Breakouts D, E, F – 2:15pm

Breakout A

Evaluation & Planning: Informing Our Decisions

Presenter
Lisa Craig Brisson
Michigan Museums Association

Breakout B

Diversity Deep Dive

Presenters
Kim Kelderhouse
Leelanau Historical Society & Museum
Amanda Kik
Crosshatch Center for Arts & Ecology
Bill & Sue Klco
Good Hart Artist Residency

Link to Recording

Breakout C

Work of Art
Presenters
Kristi Wodek
Crooked Tree Art Center-
Traverse City
Stephanie Coate
Creative Coast

Jeff “Jabo” Bihlman
Bihlman Brothers & Q100

Breakout D

Advocacy & Engagement

Presenters 
Deb Polich
Creative Washtenaw & Artrain
Michigan Arts Advocacy Captain, Americans for the Arts
Jill O’Neill
Great Lakes Center for the Arts; Cultural Advocacy Network & Michigan Independent Venue & Promoters Association

Breakout E

Technology

Tips, Tricks & Strategy

Presenters
Lisa Marie Tobin
Gaylord Arts Council
Stephanie Coate
Creative Coast

Link to Recording

Breakout F

Partnerships & Creative Collaborations

Presenters
Liz Erlewine
Crooked Tree Arts Center-Petoskey
Eric Hemenway
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

 

Joe Beyer
Parallel 45

Camille Hoisington
Traverse Connect &
Creative Coast

Next Steps & Send-Off – 3:00pm

Join us for a Virtual Happy Hour & Networking immediately following

Speakers

John W. Bogley

John W. Bogley

John Bogley joined Interlochen Center for the Arts as Vice President of Philanthropy in May 2019 after serving Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington in roles leading admission, financial aid, communications, alumni relations, and development. Bogley served as Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations at Whitman for 16 years. During that time, Bogley led the institution’s largest comprehensive campaign in school history—raising $165.7 million and exceeding their ...
Kelly Ignace

Kelly Ignace

Kelly Ignace is the President of the Board of Directors for TCNewTech, focused on stewarding the organization’s mission in a number of ways including strategic planning, internal processes, community outreach, and website development. Kelly is also the co-owner of the new hospitality brand -- FreshTrippin.com, which provides support services to short-term rental property owners and managers. A resident of the area since 1993, Kelly has two daughters(23 and 25) who were both positively ...
JoAnne Cook

JoAnne Cook

JoAnne Cook is a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa/Chippewa Indians and from Peshawbestown. She currently serves the Grand Traverse Band as chief Tribal Appellate Court judge, previously serving as a member of the Tribal Council and as a Tribal Court judge. She also also served a term as vice president of the Michigan Indian Judicial Association. Cook believes that tradition and culture are vital to the Anishinaabe way of life. As a judge, Cook incorporated that belief into the ...
Tamara Tinhof

Tamara Tinhof

Tamara Tinhof is the Director of Foundation Relations on the philanthropy team at Interlochen Center for the Arts. Tamara researches, prepares, and submits institutional grant proposals to private foundations, corporations, and government agencies, and ensures the proper stewardship of grants after they are awarded. Tinhof previously served for 19 years as Director of Donor Relations and Development Communications at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, including leading the ...
Emily Culler

Emily Culler

Emily Culler works closely with leadership annual donors to the Interlochen Annual Fund and IPR whose philanthropy supports scholarships, artistic excellence, thoughtful journalism, and outstanding original public radio programming at Interlochen. Before joining the Philanthropy team in the summer of 2015, Culler served as Manager of Campaign Planning and Board Relations at WGBH in Boston, MA, and as Development, Alumni Relations, and Outreach Officer at the Boston University Tanglewood ...
Laura J. Quackenbush

Laura J. Quackenbush

Laura Quackenbush of Lake Leelanau currently consults with regional organizations on Great Lakes history, interpretation and multicultural resource management. Over the last decades, she has held curatorial, interpretation and management positions at the Leelanau Historical Society Museum and the Eyaawing Museum and Cultural Center and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. During her tenure at the Leelanau Historical Museum, she established and curated their Traditional Arts of the ...

Sponsors

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.

May 2020 would have marked the 5th annual summit but was deferred due to COVID-19. We look forward to sharing more resources from our 2021 Virtual Summit on May 4, 2021.

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