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Network E-News, 1/25/2022

Artist Chillouts Began 1/20

Artists age 16-30 can meet-up each month, make art and listen to a DJ at Studio Anatomy’s new Artist Chillout Sessions. Designed for young artists to be in a free and open space to create art with a local DJ dishing out music on the main stage. Space around the stage is converted to art stations to accommodate artists and their craft to draw and paint. The sessions are part of a new Network project to support young artists and arts and cultural leaders. Led by Nick Walsh and Megan Holtrey, with funding from Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs New Leaders program. Artist Chill Out sessions continue on the 3rd Thursday, 6-9 pm. For more info and to reserve a space, email apeeldesign@gmail.com.

Network, GLCM Receive Community Partner Awards

Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network and the Great Lakes Children’s Museum each received one of only 12 of the new Community Partner grants awarded in Michigan from Arts Midwest, Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs and National Endowment for the Arts with ARP funds. Community Partners program goal is to encourage community collaboration with artists and culture bearers to explore local issues, where collaborative artmaking is integral to daily lives and is valued as a tool for community development. 

The Network in partnership with Interlochen Public Radio, Benzie artist Molly Sturges, Grow Benzie, the Garden Theater and other Benzie-based providers, musicians, and Benzie area stakeholders will lead Stories that Heal,  a community health resiliency project focused on mental health, trauma and recovery. Great Lakes Children’s Museum received funding for a project partnering with local Native American artists, DEI advisors, and community stakeholders to implement a new, child-focused Human Culture exhibit, celebrating people of various regions, one culture at a time. Watch for more news as these Community Partners projects take shape.

March is Virtual Advocacy Month

The Cultural Advocacy Network is planning weekly opportunities to learn and advocate for arts and culture. More info to come. Save the dates: 

  • 3/2, 9-10am: Panel with co-chairs of MI Legislative Arts & Culture Caucus
  • 3/9, 2-3pm:  Advocacy 101 Webinar
  • 3/18, 8am-4pm: Zoom meetings with legislators
  • 3/23, 2-3pm: Wrap up & next steps
  • Registration is open. Link here.

GLCO Seeks Development Director

The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra in Petoskey is seeking a full-time Development Director. Primary role is to drive revenue growth by identifying connections, cultivating relationships, and creating innovative campaigns to engage donors.  Ability to move multiple projects forward, utilizing high-level strategic thinking and hands-on implementation is critical.  Job description here. Apply here.

New COVID Resources

Info and links to COVID related supplies shared by Michigan Nonprofit Association:

Open to All – Join Us!

February Zoom Roundtable

Thursday, 2/3/2022


New Cycle of Medical Emergency Grants Open

Cycle 11 of the Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants program is now open, deadline 2/7/2022 for emergencies occurring 6/1/2021 and later. Cycle 12 will open 3/1 with a deadline of 4/5 for emergencies occurring 8/1/2021 and later. The program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for recent, unexpected medical, dental, and mental health emergencies experienced by artists in need who are practicing in the disciplines of visual arts, film/video/electronic/digital arts, or choreography.   Link here for details.


Trending Topics

Here are a few of the recent articles and blogs we’ve been following: 

Bloomberg Associates hosts virtual conversation on the value of arts data in shaping policy, establishing equitable and inclusive practices, and affirming non-profit culture as a public service on Thursday, 1/27, 3-4pm

Session will discuss the new guide Arts Data in the Public Sector: Strategies for Local Arts Agencies. In addition, local government leaders and arts advocates will share strategies and perspectives on how and why data can be essential in making the case for culture. Free. Register here.

Arts Data in the Public Sector: Strategies for Local Arts Agencies, offers insights and practical tips for cities to collect and use data about their arts and cultural sectors. Download a copy here.

The U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Small Business held a 1/19/2022 hearing specifically on the creative economy. A recording of this 2 hour hearing is available on YouTube. Representing nearly 5.2 million workers, the arts sector is a major component of the economy. Unfortunately, it has been exceptionally hard hit by COVID-19 and recovery has been slower than many others. This hearing will provide recommendations for investments in key infrastructure and provide a roadmap for bringing arts, culture, and creativity into the center of long-term recovery. Members heard from experts alongside creative entrepreneurs to demonstrate the power of the creative economy and its importance to a robust recovery.
Link to Recording of 1/19/22 Congressional Hearing

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