Amy Stein-Hansen
Ashlee Cowles
Carol Murray Jewelry
Cindy McSurely
Deborah Crandell
Diane Frederick
Elizabeth Calcutt
Greta Bolger
Heather Harris-Brady
Helen Grove
Holly Polich
Ian Jones
Ingrid Andrews
Jim Young
Joe Thatcher Thatcher
Judy Zorn
Julie Avery
Kate Korroch
Kristi Wodek
Laura Quackenbush
Laurie Sears
Leslie Donaldson
Linda Gits
Lora Frankel
Lisa Ventimiglio
Marcia Conlon
Mark Bowyer
Mary Dye
Megan Holtrey
Melanie Olsen
Melissa Johnson
Mercedes Michalowski
Molly Thompson
Helen Raica-Klotz
Raizel Coiman
Renee Hintz
Sharon Hubbard
Sharon Mick McAuley
Tamara Hoffbauer
Tami Maisel
Terry Beamsley
Ginny Hawkins
Walter J. Lee
William Lindemann
Yvonne Sage

Big Water Creative Arts, Inc.

Big Water Creative Arts is dedicated to promoting the arts in the Great Lakes region through education, instruction, interaction and performance. BWCA programs and activities are supported in part by an award from the Michigan Arts & Culture Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

On April 7, 2016, BWCA, Inc. (a 501c3 not for profit corporation) was born. BWCA’s initial programs were songwriting classes for elementary and middle school students.

Since then, we’ve partnered with and brought music programs to elementary, middle and high schools such as Petoskey Montessori Children’s House, Mackinac Island Public Schools, Mancelona Public Schools, Wolverine Public Schools, Pellston Public Schools, Gaylord Public Schools & Cheboygan Public Schools. We’ve also partnered with Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey, the Great Lakes Center For The Arts in Bay Harbor, The Bergmann Center in Charlevoix, and the Bay View Music Festival in Petoskey to bring music workshops and programming to kids, adults and special needs adults in northern Michigan.

As of 2022, we have expanded our programming from Songwriting 101 to include Music Exploration, Beginning Ukulele, Community Sing, Rock Jam and have partnered with Good Hart Artist Residency, Blissfest, Michigan Arts Access and Crooked Tree Art Center on music programming.

Our Mission

Dedicated to promoting the arts in the Great Lakes region through education, instruction, interaction and performance.’

What We’ve Accomplished So Far

  • Elementary and middle school Songwriting 101 classes & workshops
  • Songwriting 101 workshops for special needs adults
  • Music Enrichment classes for special needs adults
  • Music Enrichment classes for seniors
  • Community Sing classes joining elementary students and seniors
  • Group instrumental instruction for seniors
  • Sponsored performances at local music/art festivals
  • Middle school Music Exploration classes
  • Rock Jam programs for middle school and high school students
  • Original composition and dance collaboration