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Network E-News, 2/24/22

There’s much going on this issue – keep reading for updates from MACC, new calls for art and advocacy resources. Have more to share – tell us! 

Advocacy Season Begins

Late winter/spring traditionally kicks off advocacy season. And, this year, there is much to share with several resources, meetings with legislators, trainings and panels. We invite all to advocate for arts, culture and our creative communities – whether its Advocacy with a capital with elected officials or advocacy, “small a,” in our communities and with our neighbors. We know the tremendous impact that arts, culture and the creative sector make on our communities and our state. Let’s share those impact stories and raise awareness and investment. Collectively, our voice is strong!

New: Creative Many Activist

Artrain is excited to invite you to check out the the first edition of its biweekly Creative Michigan Activist e-publication! The Creative Michigan Activist intends to inform, activate and inspire you to be more emboldened advocate and champion. With a focus on state and national advocacy, this digest includes policy and legislation impacting the arts + creative industries and highlight news stories, funding, research, data and more. Check out Creative Michigan Activist . You can Subscribe here.

March is Virtual Advocacy Month

The Cultural Advocacy Network is planning weekly opportunities to learn and advocate for arts and culture. Registration covers all events and info.

  • 3/2, 9-10am: Panel with co-chairs of MI Legislative Arts & Culture Caucus
  • 3/9, 2-3pm:  Advocacy 101 Webinar
  • 3/18, 8am-4pm: Zoom meetings with legislators
  • 3/23, 2-3pm: Wrap up & next steps
  • Registration is open. Link here.

Legislative Team Visits 3/18

Join Network colleagues 3/18 for visits with our state legislators, specifically those representing our NW MI region. 2022 sessions will all be conducted via Zoom with meetings arranged through CAN. Teams can meet in advance with Network zooms as needed. Let’s share our impact stories to our officials in Lansing. Register for CAN events or email for info.

National Arts Action Summit, 3/28-30

Arts advocates from across the U.S. will gather virtually March 28-30, 2022, for the National Arts Action Summit – the largest gathering of its kind, bringing together a broad cross section of America’s cultural and civic organizations to underscore the importance of developing strong public policies and appropriating increased public funding for the arts and culture. Participants learn compelling up-to-the-minute data, the latest in arts policy, and how to effectively engage decisionmakers to support the arts and arts education. Registered attendees will receive access after the event to watch recordings of Summit sessions and refresh their learning. To increase access in 2022, there is no fee to attend. Info/register here.

All participants will have the opportunity to join advocacy teams to meet with their elected officials in the weeks following the Arts Action Summitt.

New Data on COVID Impacts

Several resources are available when discussing COVID impacts on arts and culture. 

  • Culture Track: Culture + Community In a Time of Crisis: Key Findings from Wave 2, was released 11/23/2021. 3rd wave due later this spring. Link here for more info and reports.
  • American for the Arts: COVID-19’s Pandemic’s Impact on The Arts: Research Update 2/8/2022, prepared by Randy Cohen. Link for 1-pager.

Call for Art – all ages

Voices for Vaccination is a regional art contest that aims to illustrate the ways vaccines promote individual and community health. Submit a piece of art, in any medium that shows what the vaccines mean to you, how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted you, how vaccines have improved lives, or how vaccines help support the health of your community. 3 age categories. Cash prizes. Deadline 3/15.  Info here.

Associate Director Opening

The Benzie Area Historical Society in Frankfort is seeking applications for an Associate Director to assist the executive director with operations, donor relations, communications, programming and museum management. See full job description and requirements on the Network website under opportunities, Link here. Submission email here.

Dennos Spring Market Call for Art

The Dennos Museum Center is pleased to announce a new artist event this May. The Spring Art Market will be a one day juried art fair held indoors in our Sculpture Court May 14th before the summer art fair season begins. Info and Apply Here 

Enchanted Forest Call for Art 

The Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts in Manistee is presenting “Enchanted Forest,” an art exhibition taking place from May 24 – July 9, 2022. Any Michigan artist of any age is welcome to apply. The application deadline 2/28/2022. Main criteria of the selected work will be a depiction of a forest in the art. Accepted artists will be notified by 3/18. This exhibit is open to all types of medium (photography, drawing, painting, sculpture).

Openings at GLCFA

There are several openings at Great Lakes Center for the Arts in Bay Harbor including:

  • Box Office Coordinator
  • Office Associate
  • Development Associate.

Link to More Information here

As announced last week, Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs (MCACA) has officially changed its name to Michigan Arts & Culture Council (MACC). To shorten it up, use MI Arts & Culture. New logos and PR tools are coming during the next month. 

New URL: macc.smartsimple.com

MACC’s new name is impacting a few things as it transitions, including access to Smart Simple. The new URL is now macc.smartsimple.com. The past URL – mcaca.smartsimple.com – is no longer available. Organizations who were already registered will continue to use the same log-in and all historical account info remails the same.

UEI Info, Resources

The Federal government is transitioning from DUNS to UEI (Unique Entity ID) for tracking where federal grant dollars flow. This impacts current grantees and prospective grant applicants for MCACA, NEA, ARP and other funding. Learn more about what this might mean for your organization before and after the transition on April 4, 2022.
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FY23 Info, Workshops

Michigan Arts & Culture Council (MACC) will be hosting FY23 grant workshops throughout March in tandem with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). The northern Michigan session is slated for Monday, 3/21, 1pm at the University Center Gaylord (80 Livingston Blvd, Gaylord 49735). No registration is required. Also, the Lansing workshop, slated for Monday, 3/14, 10am, will be livestreamed for Zoom attendance. Link here or use link bar below.  Note: FY23 grant guidelines will be available in early March on the MACC site and reposted to the Network website. Watch for updates.

MACC FY23 Zoom Link – 3/14, 10am

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