NW MI Arts & Culture Network


Network E-News 2/17/2023

Artist Chillouts Return 2/23

The Network’s Artist Chillout sessions return on Thursday, 2/23, 6:30-9pm at the TC Circuit (225 W. 14th St, Traverse City 49684).  Led by Traverse City artist and Network board secretary Nick Walsh, the Artist Chillouts launched in 2022 as an opportunitiy for young adult artists of all disciplines to gather in an informal setting to work on their art. A DJ plays music all evening, and snacks and nonalcoholic beverages are available. There is no charge to attend. Artists should bring their own art supplies and tools. Tables, chairs, and artist spaces are provided. Artist Chillouts are supported in part by a Michigan Arts & Culture Council New Leaders grant.

Register for Advocacy Day

Registration is open for Arts & Culture Advocacy Day hosted by the Cultural Advocacy Network of Michigan. Advocacy Day is 3/17 with Zoom meetings slated with our elected officials. Registration includes participation in Advocacy Day as well as an Advocacy 101 webinar on 3/14 and an optional legislative reception on 3/7 in Lansing. Info and scheduled here. Networks members can receive a code for a discounted rate. Contact arts@nwmiarts.net for code.

Community Partners Due 3/1

Reminder that applications for MACC’s new Community Partner grant applications are due March 1 at 5pm. Guidelines available here. Questions, contact Jackie Lillis-Warwick, lillis-warwickj@michigan.org

Link to Nonprofit Relief Fund

Intent to Apply Open for New Relief Fund

Michigan’s nonprofits who are struggling with the negative impacts and hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic can now take the first step to receive much-needed funding from the $35 million MI Nonprofit Relief Fund for serving their hard-hit communities.

Small nonprofits could receive one-time grant funds from $5,000 to $25,000 in Spring/Summer 2023 to continue or expand their services to areas hit the hardest by COVID-19 and to populations that are underserved and underrepresented.

The Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) and the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) today (2/17/23) announced the launch of the “intent to apply” phase for the relief fund, which is focused on assisting small charitable nonprofit organizations. The website is open and available for nonprofits to fill out the intent to apply form at MINonprofitRelief.org.

The initial “intent to apply” short online form is estimated to take no more than 10 minutes to complete. Questions include basic information about the nonprofit and various questions with yes or no answers to assess the nonprofit’s needs. The second phase of the application process for small nonprofits, estimated to launch March 22, 2023, will be a more detailed application.

Link to Nonprofit Relief Fund

Note: Longer E-News with new calls for art coming next week, 2/22

Save the Date

2023 Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Summit
Tuesday, May 9 – 8:30-3:30
Interlochen Center for the Arts

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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