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Network E-News 3/03/23

Advocacy Season is Underway

March marks advocacy month for arts, culture and many nonprofits.The month kicks off with Michigan Nonprofit Association’s Nonprofit Day at the Capitol on 3/7 followed by the Cultural Advocacy Network’s (CAN) Arts & Culture Advocacy Day. There’s still time to get a virtual ticket ($5 fee) for MNA’s programs on 3/7. See info & registration here  More on the CAN programs and advocacy tools below.

CAN Arts & Culture Days 3/17, Advocacy 101 3/14

Registration is still open for Arts & Culture Advocacy Day hosted by the Cultural Advocacy Network of Michigan. Registration includes Advocacy Day on 3/17 with Zoom legislative meetings with state representatives and state senators as well as an Advocacy 101 webinar on 3/14 (12-1pm). We’ll be meeting in local teams with each elected leader – join us and use this time to share your work, local impact and requests for support. Discount code available – arts@nwmiarts.net. Register here.

Grant Impact Reports Available

MACC has published downloadable grant funding impact reports showing how FY22 funding benefited local organizations located in each legislative district, including reports for each district in the Network’s 10-counties. Link below to download.


Making the Case: Interactive Arts + Social Impact Explorer

Tap into Americans for the Arts’ updated and improved Arts + Social Impact Explorer interactive case-making tool. Explore the intersection of the Arts with 30 sectors to help share the social impact of the arts and encourage local support. Link here to use the Explorer and for more tools including the Local Projects Database, Make Your Case Fact Sheets and the National Arts Publication Database.

MACC FY22 Annual Report

Michigan Arts & Culture Council just published its FY22 Annual Report, including a spotlight on the Network’s New Leaders’ initiatives like the monthly Artist Chillouts and Emerging Artist Exhibitions.(see p18-19). Also noted is the Creative Sector’s Statewide Snapshot recapping U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reports that arts and cultural production accounts for $13,429,280,000 and 2.6% of the Michigan economy, contributing 106,003 jobs.Download a copy here.

MACC Opens FY24 Grant Apps

Michigan Arts & Culture Council’s (MACC) annual grant application period is now open for FY24. Funding period 10/1/23-9/30/24. Visit this link to learn more about each program and access grant application guidelines. Grant workshops will be presented by MACC later this spring. The Network will also host virtual and in person minigrant sessions to be scheduled May-August.  Info, guidelines here.

Congratulations New Minigrantees

Congratulations to the following organizations who will be receiving MACC minigrants from our Region 2 Round 2 funding cycle. They will share $14,800 in total awards for projects in five counties, including production of original plays, public art, exhibitions, children’s art activites and youth arts summer camp. Watch for these to take shape and other minigrant projects already underway throughout the Network via our Minigrant Spotlights. Round 2 minigrantees include:

  • Mashup Rock & Roll Musical, Traverse City
  • Leelanau Historical Society & Museum, Leland
  • Village of Bellaire DDA, Bellaire
  • Tusen Takk Foundation, Leland
  • Boyne City Pirate Festival, Boyne City
  • Up North Arts, Cadillac
  • Traverse Area Recreation & Transportation (TART) Trails, Traverse City

Calling Environmental Artists

SEEDS in Traverse City is currently accepting proposals for an environmental artist fellow. Minimum 4-month commitment between May1 and September 30. $7,500 stipend. Proposals are due by 3/15 with interviews and selection during late March and April. Link here for full RFP

Call: Old Art Building Artist Market

The Old Art Building in Leland is accepting artist booth applications for its 25th Annual Artists’ Market slated for Saturday, July 8 on the OAB grounds. For more information and to apply, link here.

Northport Art Association Upcoming Calls

Northport Art Association has several calls for art as well as for art class teachers, including:

Creative Wellness: Exploring Grief at Glen Arbor Arts

Glen Arbor Arts is launching Exploring Grief through Creativity, a supportive, creative retreat for people moving through grief to examine and process their experiences of the death of a loved one. Slated for 3/11, this full-day retreat includes facilitation by a licensed therapist and three workshops led by professional teaching artists. For info, link here.

Opening: Business Manager

Blissfest Music Festival in Petoskey is seeking a business manager with responsibilities for organizational leadership, financial planning and event management. Job description link here. Inquiries & resumes email here

Welcome Judy!

We are thrilled to share that Judy Zorn is joining Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network as Development & Engagement Director. Previously, Judy was the executive director for the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra in Petoskey for five years. She also brings experience in non-profit and for profit businesses, as an attorney and as a professional vocalist. In her Network role, Judy will help implement the Network’s new strategic plan with focus on building our membership program, stakeholder engagement, and our regional roots, especially in the Little Traverse area. To connect – judy@nwmiarts.org


Trending Topics

Here are a few of the latest articles we’ve been reading:

  • More People Trust Museums Now Than Before the Pandemic, Colleen Dilenschneider, Know Your Own Bone, 3/1/2023 – Link here
  • Creative Michigan Advocate, March 2023 edition – Link here,
  • The Path is Made by Walking: Creating Equitable Pathways in the Arts, Wolfe-Brown, On Our Minds, January 2023

Save the date – May 9 – for the 2023 Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Summit. Registration & schedule will be live by 3/15. Suggestions for topics or speakers? Want to volunteer? Questions?  E-mail arts@nwmiarts.net
Share Your Summit Topic Suggestions Here

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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