Arts, culture and the creative sector can offer a voice and a connector to further diversity, equity and inclusion in our workplaces, our communities and in the work we share. Assuring accessibility for all to engage with arts, culture and creative experiences is also essential. How can we take steps forward to do so? What are the tools we need? What are the conversations needed to move this important work forward?

This is a new page to help further our efforts – individually, organizationally and collectively.  We will share tools, articles and best practices and invite all to share your resources with the network as well. Scroll below for links. We will continue to update them. Most of these resources are also available elsewhere on the site.

Not seeing something you need? Please reach out and let’s see if we can help. Email arts@nwmiarts.net.

New to Know & In the News

Celebrating Juneteenth


Dennos Museum Center Offers Free Admission 6/19

The Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City pays tribute to Juneteenth with free admission all day on Saturday, June 19. Visitors can visit the exhibitions Resilience: African American Artists as Agents of Change, and Rufus Snoddy: Disappearing Man. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, providing opportunities for communities to come together, reflect, and make positive change. Visit these great exhibitions as part of your Juneteenth celebrations.

Interlochen Alum Featured on NPR’s “From the Top”

Clarinetist Najee Greenlee, a recent Interlochen Arts Academy graduate, will be featured on the Juneteenth special of NPR’s classical music program, From the Top. The episode will air on Classical IPR at Noon 6/19 and will also be available to stream on demand on From the Top’s website.

DEIA Resources


Facing Change

Facing Change

Insights from the American Alliance of Museums working group on Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion. ...

Programming Tools & Best Practices

The following websites and links offer additional resources to best practices, examples and colleagues working on the same important issues.  

  • National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) offers resources and best practices. NASAA site.
  • Americans for the Arts: AFTA site
  • National Endowment for the Arts: NEA site
  • American Alliance of Museums: AAM site