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Network E-News 1/25/2023

Necessary Conversations, 1/30: Building a Diverse, Equitable & Inclusive Organization

On Monday, 1/30, the Network will be presenting the third of its three-part DEI training workshop series with the Journey Theatre Project. The session is slated for 9-noon via Zoom. Please join us for the final session in this impactful series.

Part workshop, part strategy session, the third session in this series focuses on tools and strategies to build an equitable and inclusive organization. Expect chances to reflect on your own and connect with fellow Network members through exercises, structured dialogue and creative prompts.

Attendance at previous workshops is not required. Returning guests are encouraged to bring a colleague or friend. New attendees should use the registration link here and below – register as a member for no charge.

Thank you to Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation, Rotary Charities of Traverse City and Michigan Arts and Culture Council for funding that allows the Network to present this important series.

1/30 DEI Registration Link (register as a member)

MACC Opens Apps for Community Partners Grants

Michigan Arts and Culture Council (MACC) is accepting Community Partners Grant applications. Deadline is 3/1 at 5pm..  Community Partners is a competitive grant program that exists to strengthen communities by encouraging them to work collaboratively with artists and culture bearers to explore cultural traditions/heritage and share in the creative process of arts and culture where the collaboration is integral to daily lives and is valued as a tool for community development.  Grants from $10,000 to $20,000 with a cash or in-kind match are available. Funded projects must take place and be completed between 5/1 – 9/30/23 . Guidelines here Questions, contact Jackie Lillis-Warwick lillis-warwickj@michigan.org or (517) 881-4114.

Info, Q&A @ 2/2 Zoom Roundtable

MACC Program Manager Jackie Lillis-Warwick will be featured at the Network’s February Zoom Roundtable on Thursday, 2/2 at 10am to discuss the new Community Partner Grants and answer
questions. The monthly roundtables are open to all – join in the discussion, share your ideas, questions and updates. Link here to join.

2/2 Link to Zoom Roundtable & MACC Q&A

MI Humanities: Great Michigan Stories Grants 

Michigan Humanities is offering a special $25,000 grant opportunity for projects highlighting untold stories in Michigan history, shedding light on underrepresented populations and communities in the state. Five organizations across the state will be selected to carry out projects, culminating in a year of sharing and celebrating in 2024. Deadline 5/4. Info, guidelines, toolkit – link here. Questions – Michigan Humanities Director of Grants, James Nelson.

Impact 100 Grant Q&A 2/3, Nonprofit Training 2/21

Impact 100 Traverse City awards several $100,000 grants annually to organizations in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska & Leelanau counties. Past arts grantees have included the Alluvion in TC (2021)  and The Garden Theater in Frankfort (2022). Deadline for 2023 applications is May 26. Impact 100 is hosting two virtual events to aid prospective applicants:

TADL Call for Veterans Art

The Traverse Area District Library Veterans’ Art Show is slated for 5/11-31/2023. Call for Northwest Michigan Veteran Artists is underway. Entries are accepted 4/25-5/5/2023. Call information available here. Questions, contact Heather Brady, Marketing & Communications Manager – hbrady@tadl.org, 231.932.8501.

Cultivate: Call for Older Artists

Cultivate, a new Fine Arts Gallery and arts education space in Grand Rapids is seeking participants for the upcoming exhibition, We ARE Here: More Than Just a Number. The exhibit focuses on ageism in the arts community and is specifically seeking artists over the age of 55+ who can speak on their experiences.  See Call for Art here. Deadline is 2/17.

CTAC Scholarship Apps Open

Crooked Tree Arts Center is offering two $2,000 scholarships for graduating high school seniors pursuing further fields of study in the arts. One scholarship will be awarded in each CTAC service area – Petoskey (Charlevoix & Emmet counties) & Traverse City (Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau counties). Link here for more information. Deadline is March 1.

Journey of Discovery Exhibit;
New Call for Photographers

The Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts in Manistee is celebrating Black History Month with the exhibition, Journey of Discovery: Honoring the Contributions of African Americans in Rural Michigan through 2/25.

Call for Art for upcoming March exhibition: The Art of Photography: Regional Images Through the Lens running 3/8-4/22. Submissions due 2/24. Apply here. Questions, amerizon@ramsdelltheatre.org

2023 Trends in Philanthropy

The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University has released 11 Trends in Philanthropy for 2023 which explores the full philanthropic ecosystem — the web of interconnected people and organizations that all respond differently to changes in our sector. This year’s report examines emerging shifts and their impact on individual nonprofits, foundations, and leaders. Link to full report pdf here. Topics include:

  • Mounting IRS delays and what it means for nonprofit data.Rethinking the role of capacity building.

  • The rise of collaborative funding.

  • Community foundations & infrastructure groups overhaul their response to natural disasters.

  • ESG (environmental-social-governance) investment strategies face backlash from business & government.

Trending Topics

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

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

The new Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network office is open at the Commongrounds building at 413 East Eighth Street in TC. We’d love to share member artwork while showing of our new space. Interested in lending us a piece for a month? Contact arts@nwmiarts.net.

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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