NW MI Arts & Culture Network


Network E-News 3/21/2023

Summit Registration Opens

Join the 2023 Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Summit

The annual regional arts and culture summit returns to Interlochen Center for the Arts on Tuesday, May 9, with a robust day of panels discussions, hands-on breakout sessions and networking among artists, culture bearers, administrators, arts, cultural and community leaders throughout northern Michigan as well as speakers representing state and national organizations. Topics and themes focus on the Network’s new strategic priorities: Create: Connecting, Capacity Building, Communications. Join us at Interlochen (or by Zoom) on 5/9. Learn more here. Register here. Question, email here(Note: Addiitonal speakers and offerings to continue to be added)

Summit Info, Schedule – Link Here
Link to Summit Registration Here

MI Nonproft Relief Fund Opens

Michigan’s small nonprofits can now formally apply for the $35M MI Nonrrofit Relief Fund. Nonprofits that did not submit intent to apply can still apply for grant funding. MNA membership is not required. A video to assist to be posted soon at mnaonline.org

MML Opens Bridge Builder Microgrant Apps

The Bridge Builders Microgrants program offers small, one-time grants for collaborative, creative projects in Michigan Municipal League member communities (view list).

Main Street Microgrants:
Bridge Builders Main Street Microgrants offer small, one-time grants of up to $5,000 for projects that bring together local artists and businesses in Michigan downtowns. Info, apply  here.

Neighborhood Microgrants:
Bridge Builders Neighborhood Microgrants offer small, one-time grants of up to $1,000. Individuals, informal groups, and neighborhood organizations and associations are eligible to apply. Apply here.

Virtual Office Hours: Thursday, 3/ 23, 12–1pm ET via Zoom. Learn more here.

Openings @ CTAC-Petoskey

Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey has two openings:

  • Regional Development Manager – Petoskey
    The RDM is responsible for the design and implementation of the fundraising model and the stewardship and growth of  donors, with a focus on the Petoskey service area. Info, benefits, apply – link here
  • Events Manager – Petoskey
    The Events Manager will work with staff and volunteers to plan, organize, implement and promote events designed to fundraise, grow our membership, and promote community awareness of Crooked Tree Arts Center’s programs and services. Info, benefits, apply – link here.

Library Access to Foundation Directory

Looking for funding but don’t have a paid subscription to GrantStation or the Foundation Directory? Artists and organizations can access the Foundation Directory for free at several Northwest Michigan libraries, including the Traverse Area District Library on Woodmere Ave in Traversee City. TADL shares a video to learn more here. The reference desk is also available navigate the Foundation Directory as well. Those outside Traverse City should inquire with their local library to see if they host the Foundation Directory or who does in that county.


  • Kudos to Michelle BIenArts & Community (Elk Rapids) Executive Director and NW MI Arts & CUlture Network board member for her 3/15/2023 graduation from Leadership Grand Traverse

Fresh Coast Quarterly Club 3/23

Traverse Connect’s Michigan Creative Coast is sponsoring its first 2023 Fresh Coast Quarterly Club gathering on Thursday, 3/23, 5-7pm at the City Opera House in Traverse City. Free to attend. Cash bar available. RSVP required: Link here
Creative Coast also hosts the regional Freelance & Independent Talent Directory platform. Link here.

Membership Up to Date?

Is your membership up to date? Would you like to become a member? Your support sustains the Network and helps us provide the programs and services to Connect, Build Capacity and Communicate for the artists, culture bearers, arts and cultural organizations and creative community projects throughout Northwest Michigan. The Network grew from the grassroots … and continues to grow thanks to your support and membership. Join/renew here.

Exhibit – April at City Opera House

Artist Reception – 4/17 – 5-7pm
There a lot happening with the Network’s New Leaders programs for young adult artists. Artist Chillout sessions are the last Thursday of each month, 6:30-9pm at TC Circuit. And – plan to visit the City Opera House in April for the Artists 2 Watch exhibit featuring 7 rising artists under age 30. Thanks Nick Walsh and the new arts leaders for leading this great work.

Trending Topics

Here are a few of the latest articles and blog posts that we’ve been reading:

  • Have the Biggest Dissatisfiers Changed for Cultural Organizations? (DATA), Colleen Dilenshneider, Know Your Own Bone blog, 3/15/2023 – Link here
  • Midwest Strong: What Recent Economic Data Tells Us About the Region’s Creative Sector, Anne Romens, Arts Midwest, 3/15/2023 – Link here
  • New Data Show Economic Activity of the U.S. Arts & Cultural Sector in 2021, Data Reveal Some Industry Gains Amid the Ongoing Impact of COVID-19, National Endowment for the Arts, 3/15/2023 – Link here

March “Artist in the Office”
Wendy Petera
The Travelling Squirrel

Thank you to Traverse City photographer Wendy Petera for sharing several pieces we’re displaying in the Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network office. Interested in being an “Artist in the Office?” Let us know – arts@nwmiarts.net or 231-714-0944.

Interested in the new FY24 MACC grants? Plan to join our April Roundtable on 4/6 @ 10am when MACC’s 4 program managers will join us to answer questions & discuss guidelines & what’s new for FY24. Join the Zoom – Save this Link & Save the Date.

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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Leelanau Historical Society

Michigan Legacy Art Park

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Jordan River Arts Council

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Harbor Springs Festival of the Book

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