NW MI Arts & Culture Network


Network E-News, 10/17/22

Registration Open for DEI Training Series

Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network is hosting the Journey Theatre Project for a deep dive three-part DEI workshop led by Esther Triggs, Journey Theatre Project co-founder and Interlochen Center for the Arts Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Esther and her colleagues will lead three 3-hour sessions:

  • Thursday, 11/10: Race and You (9am-noon) & Dress Rehearsal for Change (1-4pm)
  • Monday, 1/30/23: Necessary Conversations (9am-noon).

The Journey Theatre Project provides an embodied approach to diversity, equity and anti-racism. Participants will learn about implicit bias and systemic racism, understand the concepts, and will leave with actionable tools that can be readily implemented. All is done effectively and positively in a safe environment. Sessions will be offered by Zoom for greater accessibility throughout the Network’s 10-county service area and our colleagues across northern Michigan..

Link here to learn more about the Journey Theatre Project. To register, link here.

This deep dive training is usually not available or easily accessible in Northern Michigan. Thanks to grant support from the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation DEI Fund and the Rotary Charities Learning Fund, the Network is able to offer participation at no cost to Network members and for a nominal fee to non-members (with ability to apply fee toward membership). Questions? Contact arts@nwmiarts.net.

Register for DEI Workshop Series Here

Nominate the Next Legacy Winner

Michigan Legacy Art Park in Thompsonville is accepting nominations for the 2023 Legacy Award. The Legacy Award honors those who make a significant, positive impact on Michigan’s arts, history, culture, or environment. Deadline 10/22.  More info link here. Nomination form here.

Call for Art: Art of Healing

Northern Lakes Community Mental Health’s 15th Annual Art of Recovery: The Human Journey show. Deadline 10/21. Show opens 11/4 at Traverse Area District Library.  Anyone who is recovering from anything in Northern Michigan is invited to submit up to three pieces of art by October 21. More info here.

SMU Data Arts Training 10/20

MACC Operational Support applicants and others using the Cultural Data Profile Funder Reports – Learn to put your data to work using the SMU DataArts platform and its wealth of reporting tools. Learn more in this free 1-hour webinar on Thursday, 10/20, 1:00pm. Register here. Interested in other SMU Data Arts webinars, learn more here.

Poetry Out Loud Registration Open

Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation competition for high school students. Participating partners host their own competitions and select a student to represent their school at the state finals. The state champion advances to the national finals in Washington, D.C. and competes for a $20,000 college scholarship. Info hereMichigan Humanities

Downtown Sound Opens 10/21 in Petoskey

Blissfest and Crooked Tree Art Center – Petoskey are collaborating to present Downtown Sound, opening 10/21. Downtown Sound is an 18-show concert series features nationally touring acts and local favorites from Michigan’s vibrant music scene for six months of live music——all held in CTAC’s 220-seat theater in downtown Petoskey. Learn more and see the line-up – link here.

Minigrants: Round 2 Open

The MACC portal at macc.smartsimple.com is open for mnigrant applications due 1/15/2023 at 5pm. Minigrants are available for School Bus – Arts Trek Transportation(up to $500), School Art Equipment & Supplies (up to $1,500) and Minigrant Arts Projects (up to $4,000). Info, guidelines & resources available here. See a sample of past minigrant projects here. Questions – arts@nwmiarts.net. Webinars will be available and posted in November.

Teaching, Openings, Calls, Opportunities at nwmiarts.org

Interested in teaching an arts class? Looking for staff or looking for job openings? Calls for Art?  Opportunities are posted when received on the Network website – see Opportunities and Members Showcase for posts in between and following e-news. Have an opportunity? Please share by posting directly or email arts@nwmiarts.net.

Help us promote you during National Arts & Humanities Month. Submit your fall activities via Google form here. And – post to the Network’s Facebook & Instagram

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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