NW MI Arts & Culture Network


Network E-News 11/9/2022

Support the Network & Arts/Cultural Orgs This Saturday, 11/12 in Downtown TC

Help support the Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network and other participating arts and cultural organizations this coming Saturday, 11/12, by shopping in downtown Traverse City. For every purchase made at 60 participating merchants, 15% of the sale will be donated to the organizations of your choice. Get a jump on your holiday shopping and support the Network and our arts and cultural organizations. For a list of participating merchants and nonprofits, visit downtowntc.com.

Shop Your Community Day Info Link Here

Scholarship Deadline Extended

Deadline for the Virginia B. Ball Creative Writing Scholarship Competition has been extended to 11/20. This is a full-tuition scholarship (a $70K+ value) to the creative writing program at Interlochen Arts Academy. Students in grades 8-11 are encouraged to apply. Share this link with young creative writers and/or contact the Admission department with any questions at admission@interlochen.org. .

Big Read Grant Apps Open

Arts Midwest is now accepting applications for the 2023-2024 National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Program. The NEA Big Read is a community engagement opportunity with grants of up $20,000 for community-wide reading programs (in-person and/or virtual).  Organizations can choose one of 15 available books. deadline to submit Intent to Apply is 1/18/23, completed applications due by 1/25/23. More info here.

Minigrant Apps Open – Deadline 1/15

Michigan Arts & Culture Council minigrant applications are open for Round 2 Funding for:

  • Minigrant Projects
  • School Arts & Cultural Equipment and Supplies
  • School Bus Transportation for Field Trips to Arts and Cultural Experiences
  • NOTE: Sorry but No POD Minigrants are being accepted during Round 2

Deadline for all is 1/15/2023 at 5pm. School minigrants are processed on a rolling basis. Project Minigrants will be reviewed in late January/early February with funding available to be used 3/1-9/30/2023.

  • More info & application links – Link here
  • Join a webinar or request a meeting – Email

Last Call for DEI Training 11/10

There are still a few spots available for tomorrow’s deep dive DEI training with the Journey Theatre Project  led by Esther Triggs, Journey Theatre Project co-founder and Interlochen Center for the Arts Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Register here to join us for:

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

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. Questions? arts@nwmiarts.net.

DEI Registration Link – 11/10

New Peek at Our New Space

It was exciting to take a look at the Network’s new office space at Commongrounds last week with board members Megan Holtrey, Nick Walsh and Leslie Donaldson. We are looking forward to moving in December. Stay tuned for updates. In the meantime, here’s where you’ll find the office and many other creative colleagues:

Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network
414 East Eighth Street, Suite G, Traverse City, MI 49686

(Mailing address is still PO Box 1859, TC, 49685)

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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Traverse City, MI

Our Members


Charlevoix Circle of Arts

Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology

Dennos Museum Center

Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts

Good Hart Artist Residency

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra

Leelanau Historical Society

Michigan Legacy Art Park

National Writers Series


Traverse City Dance Project

Glen Arbor Arts Center

Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum

Jordan River Arts Council

Mash-Up Rock & Roll Musical

City Opera House

Benzie Historical Society

Harbor Springs Festival of the Book

Downtown Development Authority

The Historic Vogue Theatre of Manistee

Northport Art Association

Voices Without Borders

Blissfest Music Organization

Raven and Lotus LLC

Traverse City Arts Commission

Crooked Tree Arts Center

Up North Arts

Cadillac Visitors Bureau

Parallel 45 Theatre Festival

Old Town Playhouse

Twisted Fish Gallery

Interlochen Center for the Arts

Traverse Symphony Orchestra

Rachael Harrell – Drama Kids

The Croft Residency

Drama Kids – Rachael Harrell


Gary Gatzke

Ian Jones

Jim Young

Kristi Wodek

Mark Bowyer

Mary Gillett

Megan Heator

Molly Thompson

Renee Hintz

Susan Wenzlick

Ted Alan

Greta Bolger

Edward Kocher

Nick Walsh

Heather Harris-Brady

Monica Stokes

Amanda Kik

Mercedes Michalowski

Sharon Hubbard

Leslie Donaldson

Elizabeth Calcutt

Maia Hausler

Becky Lancaster

Linda Dewey

Melissa Johnson

Daniel Stewart

Walter J. Lee

Michelle Bien

H. Eleanor Jones

Tom Kaufmann

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