Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs will be holding its quarterly council meeting on Thursday, October 15 beginning at 1pm via Microsoft Teams. Agenda includes FY21 funding plan and reports on Services to the Fielld (Cutlural Advocacy Network & Michigan Arts Education & Assessment). Within 2 hours of approval, all grant awards will be posted on the MCACA website. Please note that MCACA Minigrants are not included in this online list. Minigrantees will be notified by email on 10/16 directly from NW MI Arts & Culture Network. Formal contracts and next steps for those receiving FY21 awards will follow later.
Professional Development: NMC: Craig Hadley, Dennos Museum Center executive director and chief curator will be presenting a three part series on preserving artworks and objects. Sessions are livestreamed Wednesdays, 10/14, 21 & 28, 10-11am. Full description and registration: NMC EES here.
PPP/CARES Resources from Americans for the Arts: The Small Business Administration issued a new PPP Forgiveness Application Form 3508Sand 3508S Instructionsfor those organizations that secured a PPP loan of $50,000 or less. (primairly self employed gig workers and organizations with just a few employees) The most significant benefit of the new form is that employee reductions and salary reductions are no longer penalized. Additionally, the new form does not require submitting mathematical calculations on how the funds were spent, but it still requires the borrower to submit to the lender evidence (bank statements, invoices, etc) that the funds were properly spent. SBA just recently began approving PPP forgiveness applications and remitting forgiveness amounts to lenders last week on October 2, 2020. AFTA Resources to Assist Further:
From McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation regarding its ongoing Call for Art: Thank you to everyone who attended our Virtual Information Session for Artists earlier this week. We had a wonderful turnout! It’s exciting to see so much interest in the art installation for our new wing.
If you were unable to attend or had issues joining the Zoom Meeting, we have posted the PowerPoint presentation on Distinctive Art Source’s website. To access: Visit: www.distinctiveartsource.com Click on: Client Log In Click on: McLaren Northern Michigan Enter case sensitive password: petoskeymi As a reminder, all image submissions (not originals) are due to Distinctive Art Source by October 26, 2020. The Call for Artists is attached with detailed information and instructions for submitting images of your artwork.
Thank you to those who have already joined the Network with your membership. We invite artists and organizations of all disciplines to join us as we build on our grassroots efforts to stregthen our ecosystem and share a strong collective voice for arts and culture in our 10-county region. Please join us!
Please help us continue to build the network by investing in our first membership drive. Memberships are available for individuals and organizations. Community champions can support the network with donations and sponsorships.
October is National Arts & Humanities Month. See the tools available to help celebrate at www.nwmiarts.org or at Americans for the Arts. Link Here
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