Planning is underway for the 2022 Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Summit, slated for Tuesday, May 3, 2022, 9am-3:30pm, at Interlochen Center for the Arts with streaming options for distance participation. The regional summit is a robust professional development and networking day that celebrates and engages our region’s artists, culture bearers, organizations and community builders to share and address the issues and priorities facing our region and our sector. As in past years, the day’s program will feature state speakers, panel discussions, breakout sessions, best practices, networking and useful tools. And – as in the past – the day is shaped with much input and participation. Will you help? Tell us what topics are most important to you and your work right now? What are you celebrating? What keeps you up at night? What would your like to discuss and to learn? How are you moving forward through recovery? Share your thoughts with this short form. Want to get more involved? Join a planning team. Save the date!
Summit is a Membership Perk
Remember that Summit registration is one of your perks of Network membership. And – if you organization is a member, then all employees are too. .
This month’s Artist Chillout for young artists will be held one week later due to scheduling conflicts. The February session is slated for Thursday 2/24 (not 2/17), 6-9 pm. Artist Chillouts are usually held the third Thursday of each month at Studio Anatomy in Traverse City and are open to young artists age 16-30. Spots are limited, reservation at email@example.com. Artist Chill Outs are funded in part from a New Leaders grant from Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs.
Impact Grant Application Training 2/22
Impact 100 Traverse City is offering a grant application training webinar on Wednesday, 2/22, 10am. Each year, Impact 100 awards several $100,000 grants for projects in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Leelanau or Kalkaska counties. This event is for prospective applicants who can meet virtually with a team of experts as they explain the process & answer questions. Questions, grants@impactTC.org. Register here.
NWS Seeks Executive Director
The National Writers Series is accepting applications for Executive Director. The ED is tasked to lead a nonprofit that has a two-fold mission: to hold great conversations with great writers and to help build the literacy skills of readers and writers living in the five-county Grand Traverse area. Job description and application process is available here.
Summer Camp Instructors Needed
Arts for All of Northern Michigan is recruiting instructors of arts, culture, and creative movement for its first-ever summer camp, taking place over the last three weeks in July. If interested in teaching one or more classes, link here for info and to apply. Deadline is 2/28.Applications are being reviewed now. Registration opens in March.Questions, email here.
Call for Artists CTAC Art Fair
Artists and artisans are invited to apply now for the 61st annual Crooked Tree Art Fair to be held on Saturday, July 30, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Crooked Tree Art Fair is a juried show featuring over 100 artists from across the country. The deadline to apply is February 28, 2022. Applicants will be notified the week of March 15. Info/apply here.
Arts Midwest has launched its new Ideas Hub, a collection of curated resources and tools that help arts leaders foster growth within their organizations. Access to the Ideas Hub is completely free and does not require a subscription or membership thanks to the generous support of the McKnight Foundation. We aim to make the work easier by simplifying complex concepts in relatable ways, sharing real-life examples, and providing the framework for how to turn concepts into reality.
Tools & Topics from The Hub
Here are a few of the resources available in Arts Midwest’s new Idea Hub:
Finding Your Hedgehog. The most powerful place to invest your energy is your Hedgehog: the intersection of the work your organization does better than anyone, is most passionate about, and drives support through revenue.
Going Beyond Land Acknowledgements. Land acknowledgment statements usually focus on recognizing the Indigenous past, present, and future of a location. Use this resource from Native Governance Center to go beyond a statement and develop an action plan.
Storytelling as a Fundraising Tool. Using storytelling in your fundraising is the single most powerful way to connect people to your mission and raise more money. Follow this framework for finding, crafting, and sharing a story that will give supporters a feeling of empathy.
Creating an Accessibility Plan. Complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act can feel daunting if you’re just starting out, but it only takes a little time, training, and creativity to get started on this journey. Use this tool from Scott Artley to kickstart the process.
5 Ways to Strengthen Your Arts Marketing. The effectiveness of your marketing depends on understanding what motivates people to take action. This article suggests five actionable ways, with data-driven examples from our Creating Connection research, to enhance your marketing and communications to support your mission.
Honoring the work of Paul Sinclair. Learn and view more here.
Share Your Black History Month Events
Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs is highlighting the many ways artists, culture bearers, museums, theaters, galleries, and grantees are celebrating Black History Month via its social media channels throughout February. Share your events and exhibitions with MCACA. Link here..
Round 2 Minigrants Awarded
Congratulations to the following organizations who will receive new Round 2 minigrant funding:
Friends of the Garden Theater, Frankfort will host a free community performance of the Argentinian musical ensemble QuinTango in June.
Michigan Legacy Art Park, Thompsonville will lead a community art project, Pinecone Forest, including youth art activities and a student/community created environmental installation at the park.
Boyne City Pirate Festival, East Jordan & Boyne City will feature street performers and youth arts during its annual event in August.
The next deadline for minigrant projects and professional and organizational development is 8/3/2022 for FY23 funding. There is still minigrant funding available for School Art Supplies and Equipment; and for Bus Grants. Contact for info.
The Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network receives support from the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs & 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.