NW MI Arts & Culture Network – E-Newsletter, 6/25/20

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FY 21 Minigrant Applications Open - Deadline 8/3

MCACA FY21 Minigrant applications are open for arts and cultural projects and professional and organizational development taking place between 10/2/2020 and 9/30/2021. Deadline is August 3. Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network is the regional regrant agency administering the Minigrant Program for Region 2 and awards  Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet,inand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, MIssaukee and Wexford counties. Approximately 25 minigrants are awarded annually to area organizations, schools, community projects and artists. Includes:
  • Minigrant Projects, up to $4,000 - Guidelines here
  • Minigrant Professional and Organizational Development (POD), up to $1,500 - Guidelines here
  • New, Coming in August: School Minigrants Guidelines/info available soon.
    • Bus grants, for field trips to arts and cultural experiences, up to $500 
    • School art equipment and supplies grants up to $1,500
New for FY21:
SmartSimple: MCACA moved to a new online submission platform - SmartSimple - which replaces its old E-Grant system Those who already applied for MCACA  grants on 6/1 already used SmartSimple. Those applying only for minigrants need to set up new profiles in SmartSimple before you can apply. See guideline links above.

Overview & Q&A sessions are available throughout July or by request. 
Guidelines, PPT, and info are also available at www.nwmiarts.org (Resources)
  • Wednesday, 7/1, 3pm via Zoom (note new time).
  • Wednesday, 7/8, 1pm via Zoom
  • Friday, 7/10, 10am, via Zoom
  • Monday, 7/13, Noon, via Zoom
  • arts@nwmiarts.net & www.nwmiarts.org

Minigrant Workshops - Zoom Link Here



Please visit and share the Network website - updated and rebooted with new tools, news, cross promotion and resources to support your creative practice,  organization, community outreach and advocacy for arts and culture in Northwest Michigan.



Next Zoom Roundtable

Thursday, July 9 - 10am


Join us on Thursday 7/9 at 10am  During recent monthly roundtable. Due to 4th of July holiday weekend, our regular 1st Thursday call moved to 7/9. Please join us and share your experience, perspective and thoughts. Questions?  arts@nwmiarts.net           Zoom Link Here


Updates, Resources, Dates

Several new resources were posted this week. Logos link to websites. News below.
  • The NEA has compiled 'The Road Forward' a robust best practices and resources tip sheet to re-engage with audiences or visitors. Link to pdf here
  • Arts Midwest continues partnering with funders for the Regional Arts Resiliency Fund, with grant funding for organizations. Link here.
  • State of Michigan Reopening Guide: Link here.
  • Networks Northwest has updated its COVID-19 Resources 
  • Save the Date 10/1-2, 10/6-9: Arts Midwest & Western Arts Alliance will host a joint virtual annual conference - 10/6-9 with optional preconference 10/1-2. Info to come in July.
  • Rotary Charities is opening its fall grant cycle. Info here.
  • Traverse Connect's Creative Coast initiative is offering scholarships to Leadership Grand Traverse for creative sector applicants. Interested? See info below or Contact arts@nwmiarts.net for info



Leadership Grand Traverse

Scholarships Available for Creative Professionals

Traverse Connect is offering five scholarships to creative professionals for Leadership Grand Traverse

About the Creative Coast Scholarship Program 
Traverse Connect recognizes that there are barriers to entry to Leadership Grand Traverse (LGT) for creative professionals. The fee of $2,000 is typically footed by the LGT participants’ employer. However, many creative professionals who work freelance or on a very small team cannot afford to pay this participation fee out-of-pocket. Traverse Connect wishes to break down this barrier and provide a means of entry for creative professionals to LGT.  

With generous support and funding from the Michigan Film & Digital Media Office at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation Traverse Connect is pleased to offer up to five scholarships for creative professionals to participate in LGT’s 2020/21 cohort. 

The scholarships will cover 90% (a value of $1,800) of the tuition fees. The remaining $200 must be covered by the participant. 

How to Apply: 
Submit a regular application for LGT by Friday July 10, 2020 at 4:00pm EDT. When the application asks you how you’d like to pay for LGT Tuition please select “I’d like to apply for a Creative Coast Scholarship” |In order to qualify for the Creative Coast Scholarship you must be an individual working directly in one of these Creative Sectors

About Leadership Grand Traverse 
Offered once each year, Leadership Grand Traverse (LGT) is a community-based program that prepares participants for decision-making leadership roles in areas such as policy, program implementation, and development. The program provides unique access and exposure to many of the major assets and leaders across our region, including natural resources, parks and recreation, community and economic development, health and human services, transportation, and agriculture. Participants from all sectors and backgrounds are welcome in this program, though it is designed with an eye towards professionals who are looking for growth and are committed to helping build our regional community. The mission of LGT is to provide a broad-based learning experience geared at expanding knowledge and awareness of the Grand Traverse region in order to prepare individuals for leadership roles and community service. 

 Help share our Facebook pages with our regional communities and among our arts and cultural colleagues. group has been set up for Network members, artists, organizations and colleagues in our creative communities. It's our goal to share questions,

Arts and cultural colleagues are invited to share information, ask questions and recommend resources, etc. on the private Facebook group page. To join, visit and request to join the private group here: NW MI Arts & Culture Network Community

The public page is available to share events and news from all of our regional arts and cultural organizations, artists and creative community projects - please share your posts. And - please help build our exposure by liking the page and inviting others to NW MI Arts & Culture Network 

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