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 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

Deb Polich

Deb Polich

Deb Polich is the President and CEO of Creative Washtenaw. She champions the arts and creative industries in her professional, volunteer and personal life. Police has 30+ years of executive arts management in the fields of theater, performing arts, presenting and producing, visual art and museums, arts & creative education, project management, public art and design, community development, local, state and national arts advocacy, film exhibition, film festivals, tour management, data ...
Rick Schmitt

Rick Schmitt

Rick Schmitt is the owner Stormcloud Brewing Company and Chair of the Garden Theater's Board of Directors. On December 30, 2020, The Friends of The Garden Theater, a charitable organization, purchased The Garden Theater and continues with fundraising efforts to save the historic theater for future generations.

Stormcloud Brewing Company & the Garden Theater

rickwschmitt@gmail.com

Lisa Marie Tobin

Lisa Marie Tobin

Lisa Marie Tobin is the Executive Director of the Gaylord Arts Council. The Mission of Gaylord Area Council for the Arts is to nurture and promote a creative community by facilitating, sharing and encouraging individual expression through the arts.
Xavier Verna

Xavier Verna

Xavier Verna is the Executive Director of the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts since 2017 after serving as the Director of Education for the Sphinx Organization in Detroit. He is also involved in state-wide efforts to support other Michigan arts and cultural organizations as a governor-appointed council member for the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and serves on three boards, including the Manistee Chamber of Commerce, So Percussion, and as past president for the ...

Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts

xverna@ramsdelltheatre.org

Vester Waters

Vester Waters

Vester Waters is the Multicultural Recruitment Officer at Interlochen Center for the Arts. A Detroit native, he ventured to the Mississippi Delta for undergraduate studies. In 2014, Waters was recognized by the Tom Joyner Foundation in partnership with Denny’s as a Hungry for Education scholar. Vester also received the 2015 BET Network: Community Leadership Award in Los Angeles, CA. During the 2016-17 academic year, he was selected as an HBCU All-Star through the White House Initiative on ...
Alison Watson

Alison Watson

Alison Watson is the Executive Director for the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. MCACA serves to encourage, develop and facilitate an enriched environment of creative and cultural activity in Michigan. The Council envisions a Michigan where every citizen celebrates the state's cultural treasures and arts and cultural experiences are accessible to all its citizens.  Watson has numerous years of expertise in Michigan’s arts and cultural sector and has held ...

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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