NW MI Arts & Culture Network


Network E-News 5/13/2022

Surveys Launched for Regional Input

Since late fall, the NW MI Arts & Culture Network has been working on a Network Development project thanks to a seed grant from Rotary Charities of Traverse City. Our goal is to move from our small, entrepreneurial start these first, COVID-impacted years, to scale up to Phase 2 with a sustainable business plan that allows the Network to best serve and engage the individuals, organizations and communities that drive arts, culture and creativity in the 10-county region. The Network’s mission is to strengthen the ecosystem that supports arts and culture – and our foundation was built from the grassroots with tremendous sharing and collaboration. We’re building from those roots to move forward, gathering cross-sector input through interviews, focus groups, summit sessions and other listening – identifying what is going well, what we can do better and opportunities moving forward. Projecct consultant, Jennifer Goulet, reported early findings and sought feedback at the 5/3 summit, which also featured several breakouts and topics that were informed by the work done thus far. Our next step is to gather input from all in the Network and arts, culture and creative sector throughout Northwest Michigan, as well as community input from the ten counties.

Will you help? Please share your voice by taking one of the surveys linked below. And – will you help engage others to take them, too? Copy and paste the links below to share with others and encourage further sharing with our arts and cultural colleagues and within our many communities.

Many voices built the Network. Now, we need many voices to help us grow into our future, together. Thank you!

Link to Arts, Culture & Creative Sector Survey
Link to Community Input Survey

This Sunday, 5/15, 4pm

The Stories That Heal project comes to fruition with a free community performance at The Garden Theater in Frankfort on Sunday, 5/15, at 4pm. A discussion on resiliency and using the arts to heal trauma follows.  Link here


MACC Zoom Grant Help

Have questions about your upcoming Michigan Arts & Culture grant applications? MACC is offering virtual office hours via Zoom on Thursdays at 11am for the next two weeks to answer questions and offer assistance prior to the 6/1, 5pm deadline. To participate, link here (same for both sessions). No preregistration needed. Sessions last one hour.

  • Thursday, May 19, 2022 – 11:00am EST
  • Thursday, May 26, 2022 – 11:00am EST

UEI Replaces DUNS for FY23 Apps

A quick reminder that all MACC grants for FY23 and moving forward require a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) to apply. UEIs are free and are obtained at SAM.gov. Note: Some services charge fees to obtain a .UEI for you. This is not necessary. Registration is free and should be done directly through SAM.gov MACC staff prepared a step-by-step pdf to help. Link Here.

May Chill-Out 5/19

The Network’s next Artist Chillout session is slated for Thursday, May 18 at Studio Anatomy in Traverse City. Sessions are open to young artists, ages 16-30. Tables, refreshments and a DJ will be playing. Funded by a MACC New Leaders grant, the Artist Chillouts are held the third Thursday of each month. Space may be limited, reserve a spot by emailing apeeldesign@gmail.com. Kudos to Nick Walsh for leading the Chillouts and Emerging Artist exhibitions.

SMU DataArts Presents Michigan’s State of the Sector 5/18

From city to countryside, arts and cultural organizations across the state of Michigan have reopened, but how many are still without a full understanding of the impacts of the pandemic? MACC, in partnership with SMUDataArts, invites you to join a special webinar on May 18 at 11AM (EST) with Dr. Zannie Voss for a deep-dive look into what data reveals about the state of the sector. Register here

Spark! Host Sites Sought

Michigan Humanities announces a new Smithsonian Museum on Main Street exhibit, “Spark! Places of Innovation” is coming to Michigan in 2023. “Spark!” explores the unique combination of places, people, and circumstances that sparks innovation and invention in rural communities. Applications to be a host site are now open, deadline is 6/23. Information here – Apply here.

Annual Report Available

The annual report for the NW MI Arts & Culture Network for the year ending September 30, 2021 is available to view or download here. Print copies are available upon request. Please email name and mailing address to: arts@nwmiarts.net

Rural Regenerator Apps Open

Applications are now open for the Rural Regenerator Fellowship, Springboard for the Arts’ learning and exchange program for rural artists, creatives, culture bearers and other rural changemakers committed to advancing the role of art, culture and creativity in rural development and community building. Fellows participate in peer learning and exchange, receive a $10,000 unrestricted stipend, and more. Deadline to apply is June 7, 2022. Learn more here.

Grant Recording Available

A recording from the 5/4 National Endowment for the Arts webinar, Introduction to the Arts Public Funding Ecosystem, presented on 5/4 is available on YouTube. Link to recording here. Link to NEA grants here.

SHPO  Lakeshore Heritage Grants

Michigan State Historic Preservation Office’s program guidelines are now available for the Resilient Lakeshore Heritage Grant Program. Application window is anticipated to open June 1.The Lakeshore program will provide much-needed funding for rehabilitation of historic buildings in select Great Lakes communities that participate in SHPO’s Certified Local Government program and Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Michigan Main Street and Redevelopment Ready Communities programs. Eligible applicants include local units of government, non-profits, public entities, business owners, and private property owners who own a qualifying property. Applicants may apply for up to $100,000 in grant funding. Guidelines here.

MML Microgrants

Michigan Municipal League Foundation’s Bridge Builders Main Street Microgrants award $5,000 to creative projects that celebrate, explore, or improve on what makes their communities special. Projects must be collaborative and involve local elected officials, artists, and small businesses. Info here.

MACC Minigrants Due 8/3

While most MACC grants are due 6/1, all minigrants are due 8/3. The Network administers the minigrants for MACC in Region 2 (NW MI). Webinars and workshops will be available in June and July but guidelines and info are available on the MACC site here as well as the Network site here. Available: Arts & Cultural Projects (up to $4,000), PODs (up to $1,500), School Bus ($500), School Equipment & Supplies (up to $1,500). Questions, email here.

Trending Topics

Here are a few of the latest articles and blog posts that we’ve been reading:

  • Harnessing the Power of Impact Networks to Elevate the Arts, Nafeesah Symonette, Michigan Arts Education, Instruction & Assessment, 5/6/2022 Link here
  • The Pandemic Has Shifted the Types of Cultural Entities People Visit (DATA), Colleen Dilenschneider, Know Your Own Bone, 5/11/2022. Link here
  • Community Wellbeing Project Demonstrates Power of the Arts, Fresh Perspective, 5/9/2022 Link here

Please share your trending topics. Email: arts@nwmiarts.net.

New Michigan Arts & Culture Council logos are available to download
LINK HERE – (scroll to bottom of page) 

The Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network receives support from the Michigan Arts & Culture Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.


The Network benefits from a MI H.O.P.E grant provided by Michigan Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan.

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