NW MI Arts & Culture Network


Network E-News 12/28/2022

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Strengthening the Ecosystem, Celebrating Arts & Culture

As 2022 draws to a close, we look back on our work during the past year while also looking forward to 2023 – with your support via memberships and donations – for greater engagement and services. A few highlights from 2022:

•    Hosted the 6th NW Michigan Regional Arts & Culture Summit with 84 participants, 20 speakers, 3 panels, 6 breakout sessions, 2 keynotes, post-summit networking reception, resource sharing & ongoing access.
•    Administered Michigan Arts & Culture Council’s Region 2 Regrant program with 18 funded minigrants, 2 funding rounds, 22 training webinars & 59 individual/small group consults. Regranted $46,539 in minigrants, leveraging an additional $183,836 cash and $2,669 in-kind investment, paying $79,725 to artists and engaging 34,940 regional community members in arts and cultural experiences.
•    Hosted 16 monthly & special topic Zoom roundtable discussions
•    Distributed 28 MailChimp e-news
•    Conducted a 1-year Network Development project – including significant interviews, surveys & focus groups – to help the Network scale up for its future, resulting in a new 3-year plan, strategic priorities of connecting, capacity building and communications, and a roadmap for 2023 implementation.
•    Spearheaded Stories That Heal, an arts driven community health resiliency project focused on mental health, trauma and recovery in Benzie County, including key arts-led convenings with multi-pronged benefits – addressing trauma and resiliency as well as creating and sharing original music, stories, recording and podcasts. Partnered with IPR, The Garden Theater, and Benzie artists, libraries, and others.
•    Launched a New Leaders program to support and engage young and emerging artists with monthly Artist Chillouts and emerging artist exhibitions at the City Opera House and Studio Anatomy.
•    Recruited regional advocacy teams for outreach & legislative meetings.
•    Grew online and media footprint via website (www.nwmiarts.net), social media, resources & digital tools. Launched member showcase, minigrant spotlights, seasonal PR. Began regular TC Record-Eagle column.
•    Secured $112,569 in FY22 grant funding from Michigan Arts & Culture Council, Arts Midwest, Rotary Charities & Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation.
•    Moved to new office space at the new Commongrounds Cooperative in TC.
•    Continued building relationships with regional leaders, serving as a resource & connector, facilitating presentations, partnering for events, serving on advisory committees & sharing thought leadership. Looking forward to doing more and growing stronger – together – in 2023. Thank you!

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Teaching Opportunities

This should have been posted in last week’s e-news. Several leaders from NMC’s Extended Education Services joined our December roundtable to discuss teaching opportunities through EES programming in 2023, including College for Kids instructors and courses, and proposals for the Global Citizen program (which includes performance field trips), Coffee Chats, Explore NoMI and adult arts, history or humanities classes. See links for:

Minigrant Reminders

  • Deadlines for the Round 2 Minigrant applications is 1/15, 5pm, via macc.smartsimple.com.
  • Apps open for: Minigrant Projects, School Bus Grants,&  School Art Equipment & Supplies
  • Drop-in Zooms: Questions? Need help with budgets? Drop-in at 10am on 1/6, 1/9 1/11, 1/13 or by appointment. Zoom link here.
  • Troubles with your UEI?  arts@nwmiarts.net
  • Info & links to guidelines here

Partner for Cultural Tourism

Help Plan/Promote Day Trips, 1/5, 10am 

We have the chance to promote several communities, organizations and artists throughout our NW MI region with day trips, PR, maps &/or other strategies to promote cultural tourism during spring/summer and beyond.. Please join the January roundtable to discuss interest, logistics, partners and possibilities, Join the discussion:

Thursday, 1/5, 10am
Zoom link here

January Arts Grant Deadlines

Every month, Fractured Atlas provides a list of upcoming grants and opportunities for artists and arts-based projects. Here is the list with January 2023 deadlines. “Intro to Grants” info available here. Fiscal sponsors, if needed, may be available through the Network, local nonprofits and Fractured Atlas.

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your talents, your engagement and your support for the
NW Michigan Arts & Culture Network during 2022. 

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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