2021 NW MI Arts & Culture Summit

Celebrating Resiliency – Fueling Recovery

Building Back for a Stronger Creative Sector

Tuesday, May 4  – 9:30am – 3:00pm – Online

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Artists & creatives of all disciplines, arts & cultural organizations, creative businesses, community builders, planners and regional stakeholders are invited to participate – virtually – in the 2021 Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Summit on Tuesday, May 4.

Recovery, resiliency and reshaping are key themes in 2021 with discussions, demos and hands-on tools and strategies. Panel discussions will explore: “The Pandemic Pivot,” “Diversity & Inclusion,” and “Powering Art in the Public Square.” Breakout sessions include: “Evaluation 101,” “Diversity Deep Dive,” “Work of Art,” “Advocacy & Action,” “Tech Tips, Tools & Strategies,” and “Creative Collaboration.” Speakers include more than 20 regional artists, arts and cultural leaders, community projects, 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.

Registration is included with Network Membership.
Organizational membership extends to all staff and representatives.
Non-member fee applies to membership. Scholarships are available.
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Program & Presentations

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

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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

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

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

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

Interlochen Insights – 12:15PM

Trey Devey, President
Interlochen Center for the Arts

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

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

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

Jennifer McQuiston Lott

Jennifer McQuiston Lott

Jennifer McQuiston Lott enjoys a varied career as a dancer, choreographer, teacher, director and advocate for the arts. Company credits include Gibney Dance Company, Groundworks Dancetheater, Armitage Gone! Dance, Inlet Dance Theatre, Collective Body Dance Lab, Eglevsky Ballet, and others. Her choreographic works and short dance films have premiered in New York at Baryshnikov Arts Center, National Sawdust, Celebrate Brooklyn!, Chen Dance Center’s Newsteps, the Thang Dao Dance Festival; also ...
Mercedes Michalowski

Mercedes Michalowski

Mercedes Michalowski is the executive director of Elizabeth Lane Oliver Arts Center in Frankfort. She is a founding member of the Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network and currently serves as the Network's board president.

Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts

http://oliverartcenterfrankfort.org/

director@oliverart.org

Katherine Luellen

Katherine Luellen

Katherine Drago Luellen is the Executive Dean, for Enrollment Management at Interlochen Center for the Arts. A Chicago native, she has previously served as Director of Admissions at Boston University School of Music, Director of Recruitment & Enrollment for Carnegie Mellon University School of Music, Assistant Dean of Admission & Student Services for Longy School of Music of Bard College, and Assistant Director of Admission/Music Admission Coordinator for University of Puget Sound. ...
Nancy McRay

Nancy McRay

Nancy McRay holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Michigan with an emphasis on Fiber Art. She has worked as a studio artist and community arts organizer since 1994.  She has served on the East Lansing Arts Commission, The East Lansing Art Festival Board of Directors, the East Lansing Art selection committee and the Greater Lansing Arts Council. She served as on site juror for awards presented at the East Lansing Art Festival.  After moving to Williamsburg, ...
Jill O’Neil

Jill O’Neil

Jill O'Neill is the Executive Director for the Great Lakes Center for the Arts in Bay Harbor, Michigan. Her leadership role began with the organization's formation in 2013 and she was formally named as GLCFA's first Executive Director in 2016.Since opening, GLCFA has presented a year-round calendar of events across a broad spectrum of the performing arts which has featured numerous Michigan arts organizations including: the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Grand Rapids Symphony, the Sphinx ...
Peter Payette

Peter Payette

Peter Payette is the Executive Director of Interlochen Public Radio and has managed the news department since 2001. For more than a decade, he hosted the weekly program Points North and has reported on a wide range of issues critical to the culture and economy of northern Michigan. His work has been featured on NPR, Michigan Radio, Bridge magazine and Edible Grande Traverse. He has taught journalism and radio production to students and adults at Interlochen Center for the Arts. He ...

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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