Annual Summit Goes Virtual to Focus on Recovery, Resiliency & Rebuilding
Registration is underway for the Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Virtual Summit slated for Tuesday, May 4, 9:30-3pm. All sessions will be presented via Zoom.
Recovery, resiliency and reshaping are key themes in 2021 with discussions, demos and hands-on tools and strategies as we strive to rebuild for a post-pandemic future.
Panel discussions will explore: “The Pandemic Pivot,” “Diversity & Inclusion,” and “Powering Art in the Public Square.”
Breakout sessions include: “Evaluation 101,” “Diversity Deep Dive,” “Work of Art,” “Advocacy & Action,” “Tech Tips, Tools & Strategies,”and“Creative Collaboration.”
Speakers include more than 20 regional artists, arts and cultural leaders, community projects, and creative sector advocates, in addition to state leaders of Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, Michigan Museums Association, Interlochen Center for the Arts and Artrain.
The summit is free for members, non-members can apply registration fee to a new membersihp. Scholarships are available. Remember, if you are an organizational member, anyone in your organizations is able to attend at no cost. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
OPEN: FY22 MCACA Grant & Minigrant applications open at mcaca.smartsimple.com
Region 2 Drop-in Info/Minigrant Webinars: 5/10 & 5/13 @ 10am; 5/17 & 20 @ noon. Zoom link all sessions Questions, contact email@example.com
MCACA Drop-In Staff Hours
MCACA program directors are available weekly to address upcoming FY22 grant guideline or SmartSimple questions. See schedule below. Link through Microsoft Teams or call 1 248-340-3787 (ID: 738 743 274#)
Adam Wheater, SmartSimple/General, T/Th, 10-11 am
Ashley Minarik, General Inquiries/Payments, T/Th, 9-10 am
Chad Swan-Badgero, Arts in Ed, New Leaders, Project Support, T/Th, 11-12
Jackie Lillis-Warwick, Capital Improvements & Minigrants, T/W, 1-2pm
Jeff Garrett, Operational Support, M/W, 9-10 am
SVOG Portal to Open 4/24
According to a 10pm, 4/22 posting by the SBA, its portal for Shuttered Venue Operator Grant access will open on Saturday, 4/24. Updated documents and guidance will be posted Friday, 4/23. New registrations are still being accepted. Continue monitoring the SBA site. Also – there is an SVOG Act Now Facebook group that is sharing communications informally.
Become A Blue Star Museum
Registration is now open for museums to sign up to be part of the 2021 Blue Star Museum program. The program begins on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 15, 2021 and ends on Labor Day, Monday, September 6, 2021. Info/Apply Here
Free MEDC Webinar 4/28
Digital tools for artists, musicians, and the maker community to sell work internationally is the focus of a free MEDC webinar on April 28, 1-2pm, and will feature the US Commercial Service’s eCommerce Innovation Lab. Information/registration.
Art-Train, ARP & New Training
Springboard for the Arts just launched Art-Train, a virtual technical assistance program for artists, municipal agencies, community non-profits, and arts councils in communities of all sizes. Art-Train is training on how to use American Rescue Plan and American Jobs Plan funding to support locally-rooted, culture-based collaborations for a creative and equitable recovery. See more, including info sessions, training schedule, free artist track: www.art-train.org (More info to come)
Impact 100 Opens 4/23
The Impact 100 grant application window opens 4/23 for nonprofits in the 5-county Grand Traverse region. Deadline is 5/21. Three grants of $110,000 each will be awarded. Arts & Culture is one of the organization’s five funding focuses. More grant information here. Applicant training video available here.