The Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Networks helps connect Arts, Culture and Our Creative Communities to each other, to resources, to opportunities and to stakeholders throughout the region. Consider the network a catalyst and a ‘go to’ source to help ‘connect the dots’ throughout the ten-county region. Consider the network a catalyst and a ‘go to’ source to help ‘connect the dots’ throughout the ten-county region. If you are an artist or organization of any arts and cultural discipline – visual art, theater, history, music, dance, literary, film, cultural heritage, public art and so much more – please join us.  

We primarily serve the ten counties of Northwest Lower Michigan – Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee and Wexford – also known as “Region 2.” It is home to more than 150 organizations and 1,500 artists as well as numerous community cultural projects and creative endeavors. We also advocate for the issues and initiatives that impact arts and culture throughout Northern Lower and Upper Michigan.

Is your site on our map? Please share your information so we can continue to build our arts and cultural asset map of our creative region. (EITHER LINK to Contact Form OR Google Form – just sent invite to edit)

The Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Summit

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.

When we share creative experiences and express our creativity, we build powerful connections with the people we’re closest to, with our community and the world around us, and with ourselves. Join the Creating Connection is a national initiative to change social norms so creative expression, arts, and culture are embraced as a recognized, valued, and expected part of everyday life.

Creating Connection is a national movement to make arts and culture a recognized, valued, and expected part of everyday life.

It builds on previous efforts to promote the arts and culture, but is grounded in new research and a unique approach to building public will  that creates change that stands the test of time.

They are now sharing what the initiative has learned with organizations and leaders across the country — offering presentations, in-depth training programs, workshops, and technical assistance that can help you understand and apply these new strategies, messages, and tactics to your work.

Creating Connection is co-led by Arts Midwest  and Metropolitan Group  in collaboration with a committed group of state and local arts agencies – including MCACA and the Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network – arts and culture institutions, arts service organizations, working artists, arts educators, and others.

Creating connection Tools

Creating Connections has developed a message guide and set of tools to help you apply their strategies in your own work and programs. These materials are free for you to download and reuse. These include: a message guide, story and photo tips, an engagement guide, and much more.  Find the entire suite of tools by clicking here. 

Creating Connection Webinars

Looking to review the public values research?  Curious to hear from arts and culture leaders about how they’ve used the Creating Connection recommendations to shift their messaging and programming? Check out the growing library of recorded webinars for stories and insights from the field. Access the Creating Connections webinar page by clicking here. 

Let’s connect 

Please join the Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network on social media and at arts and cultural events, exhibitions, galleries, museums, performances and so much more. Connect with us to see what’s coming up, follow issues and share your own creative work.





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