Michigan Arts & Culture Council opened applications for the new State of Michigan Nonprofit Arts and Culture Relief Fund on 9/27. This $5-million fund consists of U.D. Department of Treasury American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) funds awarded to MACC which is utilizing the Relief Fund to aid in the equitable recovery of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations statewide.
Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations eligible for assistance are those for which arts and culture are the main focus of its charitable mission and that experienced negative economic impacts or disproportionate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic between 3/3/2020 and 12/31/2022. Guidelines/application info can be found here. Deadline to submit Relief Fund applications is Wednesday, 12/13/2023 before 5pm ET. Learn more at this month’s Zoom Roundable – 10/5, 10am, Zoom Link HERE
10/5 @ 10am
Guest: Alison Watson, Director of Michigan Arts & Culture Council on the new State of Michigan Nonprofit Arts & Culture Relief Fund.
Michigan Arts & Culture Council awarded 46 FY24 grants totaling $694,219 to 36 organizations located in Northwest Michigan at its 9/22 Council meeting, with awards for operational support, project support, capital improvements, arts in education, new leaders, community partners, and regional regrant. An additional 20 organizations were awarded minigrants for projects and PODs. Congratulations!
More applause 9/29 for Old Town Playhouse on unveiling its new At the Corner of Arts & Culture banner project in the former window spaces on OTP’s facade (originally a 1903-era church). Four local artists including lead artist Matt McCormick and Network board member and artist Michelle Bien created the featured artwork. This project was funded in part by a Community Partners award from MACC.
Leelanau Press Research Fellowships Open
Applications are being accepted for 2024 the Leelanau Press Research Fellowship. The fellowship provides monetary support for an independent researcher to conduct original research on the cultural history of Leelanau County. College students may apply but Leelanau Historical Society staff, trustees, and their families are excluded. Info Here
Culver Auction to Benefit New Art Projects in Bellaire
T-Mobile is offering grants up to $50,000 for projects, including arts and cultural nonprofit driven projects, proposed in communities with populations of 50,000 or less. Shared by MACC and Arts Midwest earlier this week. Learn more – Link here.
How do you find more funding and support for your creative placemaking work, whether it’s a new project, extension, or expansion of existing work? Who should you ask? How do you develop champions and partners? What’s the best approach to local funders and decision-makers? What can you do from the start of a new project to build more support?
Join AFTA and the NEA for a discussion about these issues, along with some tips for creating your pitch. This free public event is open to everyone and designed for community groups working on creative approaches to community planning and development. Register Here.
Read and share AFTA’s Vice President for Research Randy Cohen’s annual Top 10 list when advocating for arts and culture. Read more here.Download a pdf list here. (…and do share with your circles, community and elected officials!). Need more stats? Link here.
Join Americans for the Arts on October 12, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EST, for the LIVE virtual release of Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6), AFTA’s new economic impact study of the nation’s nonprofit arts and culture organizations and its audiences. This is a free access Zoom event. REGISTER HERE
Check out the Calendar
Check out and share the Network’s Fall Into the Arts calendar of member events, exhibitions, performances and tours. Do you have more to add? Please submit on the Google form here. Questions – firstname.lastname@example.org.
A few highlights coming up soon:
Art Beat returns to Elk Rapids 10/7 at Twisted Fish, Blue Heron Gallery & Mullaly’s 128 with fine art, demos & prizes. Info here
Celebrating Arts & Humanities Month – October 2023 – and applauding the artists, culture bearers, organizations and creators who enrich our communities, our culture and our souls everyday. Bravo!
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.