FROM THE SBA, 4/9: The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal remains temporarily suspended through the weekend of April 9 while we work to resolve technical issues. We can confirm we did not accept any applications or distribute any funding. When a reopening date is determined, we’ll provide updates in advance so that applicants have time to prepare. (Editors Note: Problems are continuing 4/12 am)
So many live venues and related businesses have been impacted by this pandemic and we want to ensure relief is delivered as quickly and equitably as possible. We appreciate your patience.
For more information about the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program, visit sba.gov/svogrant.
The Downtown Traverse City Art Walk returns the first weekend of May with displays, demos, and pop-up activities by local artists, DTCA shops and the Network, Crooked Tree-Traverse City, Dennos Museum Center and Arts for All of Northern Michigan.
NW MI Arts & Culture Network hopes to pair up to 10 visual artists with local businesses seeking to host them. Each artist will provide several works to display Friday, May 7, and Saturday, May 8, 4-7pm. Artists are encouraged to be present both days or provide an artist statement. Artwork may be sold with no commission but we ask you keep it on display both days or replenish with other work.
Planning continues to shape the 2021 Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Summit slated for Tuesday, May 4, 9:30am-3:30pm. The entire summit will be held virtually, using Zoom for presentations and Google sites for resources and sharing.Panels will feature interactive discussons on: The Pandemic Pivot; Diversity & Inclusion; and, Powering Art & Culture in the Public Space. Afternoon Breakout sessions with hands-on resources focus on: Evaluation; Work of Art; Advocacy; Diversity Deep Dive; Technology Tips & Tools; and, Creative Collaborations. There will also be ample time for networking as well as showcasing, resources, sharing and discussions. While we’re sad to not meet in person, we hope this virtual convening allows greater access across our large region to connect, learn and share as we all work toward recovery in our communities, our organizations and our creative practices. We are continuing to add speakers and details as they are confirmed – and updating on the Network’s summit site. Remember, summit registration is free as a member benefit or registration fees can be applied to a new membership.Please join us!
April 12-16 is Arts Advocacy Week. Join colleagues across the state and the country in celebrating Arts & Culture while also sharing challenges faced during the pandemic and the impact arts, culture & the creative sector make on our communities, our economy and our quality of life, every day.
Network Representatives will be meeting with Congressman Jack Bergman on Friday, 4/16 at 8:30am. Interested in joining us, contact email@example.com
The Arts Council of Greater Lansing is hosting noted donor experts Simone Joyaux & Thomas Ahern for a 2-part, half day Creative Exchange webinar on Wednesday, May 12, 10am-3pm. Joyaux will present on “Fundamentals for Great Fundraising” with a focus on strategy and added benefit of a comprehensive set of downloadable templates. Ahern draws from storytelling and statistics during his presentation, “Copywriting 101: How to Ask a Person for Donations.” This is a great opportunity to learn from two noted donor-centric fund development experts. Info – Link
International Sculpture Day, 4/24
International Sculpture Day is held annually on the last Saturday in April (4/24/21) This worldwide event furthers the understanding of sculpture and its unique contribution to society. Anyone or any organization with an appreciation and commitment to the field of sculpture is invited to participate
The network will be publicizing the art parks and public art in NW MI. Please share your info and/or post photos on social media.
Last Call for School Minigrants
$1,500 Arts Equipment & Supplies Minigrants available to Headstart and K-12 public, private & parochial schools. A certified teacher and school must submit the application. Last day to apply is Friday, 4/16. Info at Network site or through MCACA. Application link: mcaca.smartsimple.net