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Network E-News 12/10/21

New Data Reports, Tools, Training

Will Ticket Sales Return This Holiday Season? New Insights, webinars, and tools are available from SMU DataArts to support the work of arts and culture with relevant data and resources beyond the Cultural Data Profile and the annual Arts Vibrancy Index. With the devastating impact COVID has had on our sector, DataArts suspended the Arts VIbrancy index for 2021 and focused instead on pandemic impacts.

CDP Training Webinars

DataArts regularly presents training webinars on the Cultural Data Profile, Using Analytics, the KPI Dashboard and related tools. Coming up:


Recent Reports

Call: Jordan Art Walk 

Artists are invited to submit a sculpture for placement in the Jordan Art Walk exhibit in East Jordan Michigan. Our goal is to integrate works of art into our city’s natural environment that will engage and resonate with our citizens and visitors. This is a collaborative project of the City of East Jordan, the East Jordan Area Chamber of Commerce, the Friends of the Jordan River, the Jordan River Arts Council, and Active Recovery Physical therapy and Sports Medicine. Deadline 3/31/2021. Info/App Link.

Jordan River Arts Council has several addition Calls for Art for 2022 exhibitions. Link here for info.

Bridging Michigan Grants

Michigan Humanities is offering Bridging Michigan grants up to $1,500 that can be used to spark in-depth thinking and conversation around the persistent social, economic, and cultural issues of systemic inequity that divide our communities. Diverse projects from across Michigan, addressing different themes and using a variety of public humanities formats, including reflective conversations, reading series, film screenings with discussions, web projects, walking tours, public lectures and panels, and the creation of exhibits are invited to apply. Info Here.

“Best Of” for Artists

Fractured Atlas has complied the “Best Of” their blogs focused on artists to tie out 2021. Sharing:

MEDC/MI Strategic Fund Launches New Placemaking Grants

The Revitalization and Placemaking (RAP) program utilizes $100 million in federal American Rescue Plan dollars to support investments that will repurpose vacant, underutilized, blighted or historic buildings and place-based infrastructure. Info Webinar on 12/16,.3pm. Program info here.

In addition, the Public Gathering Spaces Initiative supports the creation and expansion of public gathering spaces in low- and moderate-income communities across the state, supporting efforts that allow residents to gather, relax, celebrate and commemorate safely together. More Info here.

How Are You Doing?

The past 21 pandemic challenged months have been brutal on the creative sector, especially so in northern Michigan where we have had far fewer resources and support to draw from, Exhaustion and uncertainty seems to be a consistent themes across the region. We are not alone. Here are a few upcoming sessions that address these shared challenges:

  • The Ohio Museum is presenting a webinar Wellness in This Era on 12/13/2021. Info.
  • The Dorothy A Johnson Center for Philanthropy is offering a webinar Beyond Burnout: Redefining Self-Care in the Nonprofit Sector on 1/12/2022. Info Here.
  • Have resources on the topic? Please share.

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 Zoom info and webinars are available: 
– 12/15 at 9am
– 1/5 & 1/12 at 10am
– By appointment.
Info, arts@nwmiarts.net

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Calling Teachers, Schools:  Minigrants Available for Art Supplies, Equipment, 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.

Mark your calendars for the 2022 Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Summit. We are hoping and planning to meet again in person with Zoom-in capacity.

Interested in helping to plan? Join us on the planning team when we start meeting in January – contact Mary Gillett at arts@nwmiarts.net.

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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

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Edward Kocher

Nick Walsh

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Mercedes Michalowski

Sharon Hubbard

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Elizabeth Calcutt

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