Last week, Michigan Legacy Art Park in Thompsonville installed its newest permanent sculpture, Gateway to Black Eden, by Detroit artist M. Saffell Gardner.Standing over fifteen feet tall, this monumental steel artwork is the artist’s expression and reflection of the African American lake resort experience in America during years before passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1965. It specifically recalls Idlewild, a traditionally African American resort near Baldwin.
Nominations are being sought for Michigan Legacy Art Park’s 2024 Legacy Award. Each year, MLAP presents the Legacy Award to an individual (or group) who has made a significant, positive impact on Michigan’s art, culture or environment. Nominations due by 10/31/2023. Info/form, link here.
A reminder that final reports for most FY23 Michigan Arts & Culture Council grants are due 10/30. Questions, contact your grant’s program director and refer to your grant agreement. Guidelines/info here.
Commongrounds and Alluvion Arts @ 414 are inviting local artists to bring their work to “Open Doors/Open Walls,” a community exhibition celebrating national cooperative month. Register here for drop-off. On 10/28, 4-7pm, celebrate the salon-style exhibition of local creatives. Artwork for sale with a percentage of proceeds donated to the Commongrounds is encouraged, but not required. Artwork will be on display until November 5th. Questions here.Info
Arts Midwest Opens NEA Big Read, Shakespeare Grants
Arts Midwest recently opened applications for its two national grants programs, the NEA Big Read and Shakespeare in American Communities. Application guidelines and information can be found here: NEA Big Read and Shakespeare in American Communities.
Interlochen Public Radio has launched a new series spotlighting northern Michigan artists and their stories. Listen to Reporter Maxwell Howard’s first three stories here, featuring writer Anne-Marie Oomen, musician Jim Bekkering, and artist Liam Berigan. This series is supported in part by the Network’s new MACC Community Partners grant.
Downtown Traverse City will again be hosting Shop Your Community Day on Saturday, 11/11. Downtown merchants will donate a percent of all sales that day to area nonprofits, including several arts and cultural organizations, including the Network. We’re looking forward to sharing the creative (and giving!) spirit all day with Higher Art Gallery, we’ll have a table on the street and music indoors along with the wonderful art always on display in the gallery. Mark the date – Saturday 11/11 – and support all the arts participating in Shop Your Community Day. Info? Volunteer? Email.
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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.