The Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network has been growing from its original grassroots organizing for the past several years. Thank you for being a part. COVID-19 has impacted arts and culture so much. The need to support each other and our sector is stronger than ever.
Please help continue to build the network by investing in our first membership drive. Memberships are available for individuals and organizations of all disciplines in arts, culture, and creative businesses. Community champions can support the network with donations, engagement, and sponsorships.
National Arts Marketing Project Virtual Conference, Americans for the Arts, December 7-8. Info here.
Resources, Opportunities & Trending
City of Traverse City is seeking designs from residents in the five county region and including students, 9th grade and up, to submit a design(s) for an “I Voted” sticker that is unique to Traverse City. The winner will be chosen by public vote and receive $500. The sticker will be distributed at the polls during the November election. Multiple submissions are accepted. Link here for application. Deaddline is 9/28.
Pure Michigan (PM) will be launching an educational travel page – Schoolcations – which will give parents and students ideas for Michigan field trips. To submit locations that offer educational programs/resources for kids before, during, and after their visit, as well as ideas/stories about Michigan culture, contact Nicole Gaukel at Travel Michigan.
Nominations for IMLS National Medal for Library and Museum Service are being accepted until November 2. Anyone can nominate. Museums and libraries of most disciplines and types are eligible. Learn more and submit a nomination here.
From Americans for the Arts
National Arts & Humanities Month, October 2020. Tool kits and resources available on the Network site and through Americans for the Arts.Link here.
To Rebuild and Reimagine the United States Post-Pandemic, We Must Put Creative Workers to Work,” a policy proposal developed with over 100 partners throughout the creative community to Put Creative Workers to Work in the national recovery—activating the creative economy and drawing upon the creative energies of the country’s 5.1 million creative workers to energize Americans, reimagine how communities can thrive, and improve the lives of all. Click here to view the full proposal, and follow the endorsement link at the top to submit your endorsement. You can sign on as either an individual or as an authorized representative for an organization.
MCACA Schools Minigrants are available to offset costs for art supplies, arts equipment and bus transportation for arts and cultural field trips. Applicants must be schools – accredited PreK-12 public, non-public, and private schools, home school, local and intermediate school districts, regional educational services agencies and accredited Head Start programs.
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