NW MI Arts & Culture Network


Network E-News 12/20/2022

Happy Holidays 2022

As 2022 draws to a close, we share the warmest of holiday wishes to all throughout the Network – artists, culture bearers, arts & cultural organizations, creative entrepreneurs, community builders, funders, advocates, board members, volunteers and all who work so hard to assure the arts are celebrated in Northwest Michigan. Thank you for sharing your talents, your commitment and your support.

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Minigrant Deadline 1/15

Michigan Arts & Culture Council Round 2 minigrant applications are being accepted for arts and culture projects, school arts equipment and supplies, and bus transportation for arts experiences/field trips. Deadline is 1/15/2023 at 5pm. Webinars and drop-in Q&A available at 10am on 1/5, 1/9, 1/11 & 1/13 and by appointment.  Links to guidelines and applications here. Open to organizations and schools in Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee & Wexford counties for funding to be used between 3/1-9/30/2022. More info here or email arts@nwmiarts.net.

Interested in serving on the minigrant peer review panel for Round 2?  Contact Mary Gillett here.

Creative Coast Launches New Freelance Directory

Michigan’s Creative Coast is recruiting for its new online Freelance & Independent Talent Directory’ of the Grand Traverse Region. The directory offers entrepreneurs a microsite to showcase their resumes, portfolios, and services to businesses and employers looking for local talent and creates business-to-business development among freelancers. Annual fee is $100. Info/apply here.

Grants Deadlines, New Strategies at Arts Midwest

Arts Midwest has launched new branding, website and strategic priorities while also continuing several grant programs. Learn more about Arts Midwest’s new direction here. And, note upcoming Intent to Apply dates:

Call for Artists: Paint Grand Traverse, Due 1/7

Crooked Tree Arts Center in Traverse City, Michigan, seeks artists for the national plein air painting festival, Paint Grand Traverse: a plein air affair, now in its sixth year. Slated for 6/18-24/23 (earlier this year) Paint Grand Traverse is a plein air (outdoor) painting festival and competition featuring 32 artists from across the country. Deadline 1/7/23. Info/apply here.

Northport Arts – Calls for Artists, Instructors, Classes

Northport Arts Association Call for Art for its 2023 Gene Rantz Plein Air Paint Out slated for 7/21-22. Info and application here. NAA is also seeking volunteers, instructors and host homes for the event. Contact NAA here.

NAA is also seeking instructors and class proposals. Apply here. New classes and programs are also planned for winter 2023 including Pottery Studio, Figure Drawing Studio, Get Together & Share Art Studio. Info here.

TCBN Profiles Arts Leaders

Kudos to several Network members and leaders who were featured in the December Traverse City Business News feature on the region’s rising nonprofit leaders. Bravo to TART’s Elizabeth Calcutt & Caitlin Early, the Dennos Museum Center’s Megan Holtrey, the Garden Theater’s Katie Jones, and Art + Connection’s Michele Bien. Three are also Network board members – Elizabeth Calcutt, Megan Holtrey and Michelle Bien – are also Network board members. Read more here.

1/2 Deadline – MI Traditional Arts Apprenticeships

The Michigan Traditional Arts Program of Michigan State University seeks applications for its 2023 Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program, which facilitates the sharing of traditional knowledge between mentor or master artists and apprentices of their choosing in a variety of traditional, cultural, or occupational expressions. Due 1/2/23. Info here.

Bridging MI Grants Open

Michigan Humanities Bridging Michigan grants are open. Apply for up to $2,500 in funds to spark in-depth thinking and conversation around persistent social, economic, and cultural issues of systemic inequity in our communities. Info, toolkit, apply here.

NEA Grants, Resources

The National Endowment for the Arts has posted 2023 grant guidelines, applications and upcoming deadlines for its Challenge America & Grants for Arts Projects (GAP) at arts.gov. Link here

Webinars to review guidelines and assistance are available. Schedule & registration here.

Cross Promote via MAP

The Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) program is a statewide collaborative effort between Michigan’s public libraries and participating destinations.  Destinations range from cultural destinations to state parks, campgrounds, and recreation areas.  MAP provides Michigan library card holders the opportunity to discover/learn more about participating cultural destinations, state parks, campgrounds, and recreation areas in the state at a discounted rate. If interested in participating, fill out this questionnaire, and email to Jim Flury, MAP, here.

Save the Dates: March 2023

The Cultural Advocacy Network of Michigan announced dates for its annual March advocacy events. More info to come, Save the dates:

  • MI Legislative Reception (in person): 3/7/2023, details to come
  • Advocacy 101 (webinar): 3/14/2023, 12-1pm
  • MI Legislative Meetings with State Representatives & Senators, (Zoom) 3/1732023, 8am-4pm
  • Registration to come in January

Network Office Opens January 4

We are excited to open the doors to the Network’s new office located in the Commongrounds building in Traverse City. We’re looking forward to welcoming all to our post-COVID physical space and for the creative synergy in this wonderful new space with.

March 2022

What a difference nine months makes! This was our first view of the Network’s new space during Commongrounds’  construction last winter.

December 2022

Moved in and ready to go in 2023. Easels are set up with this month’s featured member artists: Shanny Brooke & Nick Walsh.

 Here’s where to find us:

Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network

414 East Eighth Street – Suite G, Traverse City, MI 49686

New phone: (231) 714-0944

Mailing address remains the same:
Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network
PO 1859, Traverse City, MI 49685
www.nwmiart.org     arts@nwmiarts.net

Breaking News: Arts Funding Increases in FY 2023 Omnibus federal funding package.

From Americans for the Arts, 12/20/2022: After weeks of negotiations and months of collective advocacy by arts advocates, Congressional appropriators unveiled their FY 2023 omnibus appropriations package 12/20 to fund the federal government for next year. Americans for the Arts and the Arts Action Fund released a joint press releaseHighlights include:

  • A 15% funding increase to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) of $27 million each, bringing them both up to an all-time budget high of $207 million. Equity and diversity grant-making recommendations advocated for are included in the report language.
  • A $26.8 million increase to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
  • A $10 million increase for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
  • A first-time ever budget allocation of $10 million in the Department of Defense to support creative art therapy programs at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence. An additional $5 million will go to the Department of Veterans Affairs for its Whole Health initiative.
  • Level funding of $36.5 million was allocated to the Department of Education’s Assistance for Arts Education programs.
  • Approved changes to the Legacy IRA Act will encourage more charitable giving by further expanding the charitable rollover rules to enable seniors to make tax-free contributions from IRAs to charities.

Please thank congressional members for supporting the arts in America and urge them to vote for final passage of this major legislation as soon as possible.

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

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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

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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