Covid – 19 

The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact on our arts and cultural community – locally, regionally and nationally. Throughout the past few months, arts and culture has risen with resiliency, creativity and commitment. 

This page shares updates and compiled links to resources at colleague sites for funding, guidelines, webinars, programming and best practices as they become available. Do you have resources to share? Please send to

The Network’s e-newsletters and private Facebook group have also been used to quickly share resources and updates. Please subscribe to our newsletters, join the Facebook group and share. 

We will also share spotlights on the amazing response and individual stories as we all navigate through these uncertain times.


New to Know & In the News

  • National Endowment for the Arts: The Road Forward: Best Practices Tip Sheet for Arts Organizations Re-engaging with Audiences and Visitors, June 2020.
  • Americans for  the Arts: Economic Impact of the Coronavirus on Arts & Culture.
  • Michigan COVID-19 Workplace Safety Grants. Deadline 8/7/20
    Grants for up to $10,000 in matching funds available to Michigan businesses and nonprofits to purchase of safety and health-related equipment and training to decrease risk of COVID-19 spread.
    Information and application: Link HERE
  • Michigan Restart Grants. Deadline August 5, 2020
    The Michigan Strategic Fund is offering new CARES fundinig grants for Michigan nonprofits and small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Grants can be used for capital expenses to support payroll, rent, mortgage payments, utilities, reopening costs and similar expenses directly related to COVID-19 impacts. Applicants must have fewer than 50 employees and did NOT receive prior Michigan Small Business Relief Program (MSBRP) grant. Networks Northwest is administering grants in Region 2. Information and application: Link HERE

Funding, Support & CARES Act Resources

Compiled from Americans for the Arts COVID-19 Resource and Response Center, Arts Midwest, Cultural Advocacy Network of Michigan,  Networks Northwest, and local, regional and national colleagues.

CARES ACT of 2020 Resources

Other Federal Relief Resources


Programming Tools & Best Practices

Colleagues in the Network and at associations throughout Michigan and beyond have been sharing resources, tools and best practices as we all pivot our programming and planning in response to COVID-19. Here are several, we invite you to share also.

What’s Working Well

Spotlighting Our Network

  • Paint Grand Traverse 2020: Virtually Beautiful. Crooked Tree – Traverse City re-envisions its traditional week long plein aire festival into a hybrid on-line and in-person event extending 8/10-9/12.
  • Re-opened:
    • Crooked Tree Art Center – Petoskey & Traverse City
    • Dennos Museum Center, Traverse City
    • Elizabeth Lane Oliver Art Center, Frankfort
    • Northport Center for the Arts, Northport
    • Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts, Manistee


Thank You to Our Partners

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Traverse City, MI 49685


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