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Network E-News, 11/19/2021





Medical Emergency Grant Deadlines 11/30

The Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants program provide one-time grants of up to $5,000 for recent unexpected medical, dental, and mental health emergencies to artists in financial need who are practicing in the visual arts, film/video/electronic/digital arts, and choreography. Cycle 10 is open now through November 30 for emergencies occurring April 1, 2021 and later. Cycle 11 will open January 1 with a deadline of February 7 for emergencies occurring June 1, 2021 and later. Additional cycles will continue through at least June 2022. Info, apply link here.



Student Portfolio Review at CTAC-TC

Do you know a Grand Traverse area high schooler interested in pursuing visual arts? Crooked Tree Arts Center – Traverse City is offering free portfolio review sessions for 9th-12th graders this Saturday 11/20, 10am-2pm. More Info Here.

Big Read 2022-23 Apps Open

Arts Midwest is now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 National Endowment for the Arts Big Read program. Organizations can access up to $20,000 in support for community-wide reading programs. Applications are due January 26, 2022.  Info, books, application – link here.

Great Michigan Read Funding

Michigan Humanities’ Great Michigan Read book for 2021-22 is The Women of Copper Country by Mary Doria Russell. Organizations can still participate as Community Partners and can also apply for Great Michigan Reads Action Grants up to $750 to support local programs. Info, application – link here.

Touring Grants Open

Cycle 1 applications are now being accepted for the Arts & Humanities Touring Program, a collaboration between Michigan Humanities and Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs. Accepting requests up to $3,000 to help support the fees and expenses of touring performers, artists, exhibitors, and humanities presenters listed in Michigan’s Arts and Humanities Touring Directory. Cycle 1 requests for performances 12/1/2021-2/28/2022 accepted on a rolling basis until funding is depleted. Cycle 2 applications open 2/1. Information, Cycles application – link here

Call for Papers: An Accessible Past: Making Historic Sites Accessible

From our colleagues at Michigan Museums Association, sharing this opportunity: 
The editor of a new American Association of State and Local History book on accessibility at museums is seeking contributors for chapters dealing with physical and intellectual accessibility at a wide range of historic sites. Has your museum modified its space to make it accessible to people with mobility disabilities? Have you found ways to create access while keeping historic integrity? Abstracts are due January 21. More info – link here.


Follow-up to 11/16 Zoom Discussion


Organizations that received FY22 Operational Support from Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs are now required to submit a 504 ADA Self Evaluation Workbook to MCACA prior to receiving your first payment. In future funding years, this will likely be a requirement during the application process. MCACA’s 504 ADA Manager Jeff Garrett joined the Network in a Zoom on 11/16 to go over key points and answer questions. Operational Support Manager Alex Flannery was also on the Zoom (thank you, Jeff & Alex). A few takeaways:

  • This is a requirement prior to 1st payments. A copy of the 504 workbook must be sent to Jeff at garrettj7@michigan.org. Please also retain a copy at your organization.
  • Remember, this is a Self Evaluation. You are being asked to consider accessibility within your organization – whether that is performing in another venue, exhibiting in your own facility, working with a physical office or the situation that best applies. Not all questions are applicable to all – do the best you can. In reviewing the questions, it may raise awareness that will inform your future program and facility planning.
  • Your funding is not impacted by the number of yes’s or no’s.
  • Your OS payment will be impacted (delayed) if you do not send your workbook in.
  • Workbooks will be submitted on a 3-year cycle.
  • This is an NEA  requirement (which provides a portion of all OS funding).
  • Downloadable 504 Self Evaluation Workbook  PDF Link    Doc Link
  • Any questions, contact Jeff Garrett at garrettj7@michigan.org.



Round 2 MG Projects Open

Applications are open for Minigrant Projects taking place 3/1-9/30/2022. Deadline is 1/15/2022. Funding is very limited and is for projects only (no PODS). Info, guidelines, links are on the Network website. Drop in info sessions and webinars are available at 10am on 12/1, 12/8, 12/15 & 1/5 or by appointment. Info, arts@nwmiarts.net

School Minigrants Open for Art Supplies, Equip, Busses

School minigrants are available to assist with school art supplies, arts equipment or buses for field trips. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis through April 15 or funding is depleted. Applicants must be Michigan accredited PreK-12 educational institutions, including public, non-public and private schools, home school, local and intermediate school districts, regional educational services agencies and accredited Head Start programs. Funds up to $500 for buses, up to $1,500 for supplies and equipment. Email or Web for info.

Link to Minigrant Information & Guidelines

PR info Fresh Perspective’s 11/4 Zoom


Josh Halliday, editor of the statewide arts website Fresh Perspective and the Fresh Coast Perspective podcast was our guest at the 11/4 monthly Network Zoom Roundtable. The website features stories and events throughout the state of Michigan and urges Network members to submit news releases, stories and ideas for the website or podcast. A few tips and links:

  • Events: can be submitted anytime. Best timing is 2-3 weeks in advance. Best practice is to paste release into the email. Release can also be attached as well. Include an image.
  • Images should be a minimum 500 pixels. See site for examples and perspective.
  • Evergreens. Stories and releases with a longer lifespan  on topics or features will have greater long term impact on the site since it will appear longer,
  • Podcast is monthly with a feature focus, See examples.
  • Website: https://www.freshcoastperspective.com/
  • Email to: Hello@FreshCoastPerspective.com (and please add to your media list!)












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