NW MI Arts & Culture Network – E-Newsletter, 7/29/20

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Minigrant Deadline - This Monday, 8/3

MCACA Minigrant deadline for arts and cultural projects and professional and organizational development (POD) is this coming Monday, August 3 at 5:00 pm. Please remember that MCACA is transitioning to a completely new application system - SmartSimple. You will NOT use the old mcaca.egrant.net to apply. You must register at mcaca.smartsimple.com as an organization and also with your individual profile along with your minigrant application(s). The information requested is basically the same but the platform is new. Please allow adequate time to register and submit. Guidelines, PPT, and info are also available at www.nwmiarts.org (Resources).

Minigrant Projects, up to $4,000 - Guidelines here
Minigrant Professional & Organizational Development (POD), up to $1,500 - Guidelines
* POD minigrants are open to individual artists, arts educators & administrators as well as arts and cultural nonprofit organizations
Deadline: Monday, 8/3, 5pm - mcaca.smartsimple.com 


How Shall We Meet, Learn & Share?

Spring 2020 would have marked the 5th annual NW Michigan Arts & Culture Summit, a day of networking, learning and exploring opportunities at Interlochen Center for the Arts. Unfortunately, the May 2020 summit was cancelled due to the pandemic. .

As COVID-19 continues to impact all of us and our programs, please help the Network re-envision how we present and plan future Summits as well as workshops, best practice roundtables or other gatherings - virtual or in person - during the year ahead. This is a very short, three-minute survey. Please participate. Thank you!

Take the Summit Survey Here


Coming up in August - Save the Dates

MCACA Minigrant Deadline
Monday, 8/3, 5pm - mcaca.SmartSimple.com

Virtual Arts & Culture Colleagues Roundtable
Thursday, 8/6, 10am
Zoom Link

Virtual Creating Connection PR Pitch Session Workshop
with Interlochen Public Radio & Red Pine Radio
Tuesday, 8/25, 4pm

Socially Distanced Networking with the Network Happy Hour
at Michigan Legacy Art Park

Late August - Date & Details to Come


Congratulations to the many arts and cultural organizations and festivals recognized in My North's annual Red Hot Best regional listings:
  • Art in the Park, Petoskey
  • Blissfest, Petoskey
  • Cadillac Festival of Arts 
  • Crooked Tree Art Center - Petoskey 
  • Crooked Tree Art Center - Traverse City
  • Dennos Museum Center, Traverse City
  • Elizabeth Lane Oliver Art Center, Frankfort
  • Gopherwood Concerts, Cadillac
  • Gwen Frostic Prints, Benzonia
  • Hanni Gallery, Harbor Springs
  • Interlochen Public Radio, Interlochen
  • Laughing Fish Gallery, Suttons Bay
  • Michigan Legacy Art Park, Thompsonville
  • Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts, Manistee
  • Suttons Bay Arts Festival
  • Tamarack Gallery, Omena
  • Three Pines Studio, Cross Village
  • Twisted Fish Gallery, Elk Rapids 
  • Two Fish Gallery, Leland
Full regional listings available at MyNorth.com/RHB2020



COVID-19 Workplace Safety Grants

With employers across the state working to keep their employees, customers and communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, the State of Michigan has launched the Michigan COVID-19 Safety Grant Program. These grants will provide small businesses (including nonprofits) matching funds of up to $10,000 to decrease the risk of COVID-19 spread through the purchase of safety and health-related equipment and training in response to COVID-19. Grant applications will be available until Friday, August 7, 2020.
Information/Application - Link here    
Deadline: August 7, 2020

New Michigan Restart Grants

The Michigan Strategic Fund is offering new CARES funding grants for Michigan-based nonprofits and small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The Michigan Small Business Restart 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 received a prior Michigan Small Business Relief Program (MSBRP) grant. Networks Northwest will be administering the grants for Region 2 (Northwest Michigan). 
Information - Link here    
Application  - Link here
Deadline: August 5, 2020

COVID-19 Crisis Support Team Pro Bono Consultations

Organizations in the Grand Traverse and Little Traverse regions can request one-hour phone/video consultation from COVID-19 Crisis Support Teams from Rotary Charities of Traverse City and the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Community Foundation. For information and requests, contact:
Petoskey-Harbor Springs Community Foundation (Emmet County) - Link here
Rotary Charities of Traverse City (Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau counties) - Link here

Artist Relief Fund

Grants up to $5,000. US-based artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19 are encouraged to apply. Fund will operate through September.
Information: Artist Relief

Crosshatch Artist Emergency Fund

Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology has raised and distributed over $25,000 in emergency aid to artists in Northwest Lower Michigan. There continues to be significant need. Crosshatch continues accepting donations to the fund and applications for $500 grants to inidvidual artists to cover emergency expenses resulting from the COVID-19 impacts.
Information - Link here
 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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