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Network E-News 5/22/2023

FY24 MACC Grants Deadline 6/1 @ 5pm

The clock is ticking for the annual June 1 deadline for Michigan Arts & Culture Council’s FY24 grant applications for Operational Support, Project Support, Capital Improvements and New Leaders. Deadline is a very hard stop at 5pm on Thursday, 6/1, at macc.smartsimple.com. This does not include Minigrants, Community Partners, Arts in Education or School grants which will deadline on 8/3. Key links:

Rural Readiness LOI 5/25,

Rural Readiness Grant Letter of Intent is due Thursday, 5/25, 3pm. The Office of Rural Development Rural Readiness Grant Program will provide up to $50,000 in competitive reimbursement grants to support collaborative planning and capacity initiatives.  Info, LOI, webinar recording here.

Impact 100 Apps Due 5/25

Applications to Impact 100 Traverse City are due Friday, 5/25/2023 at 5:59pm. Nonprofits in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska & Leelanau counties can apply. Focus areas include: Arts & Culture, Education, Health & Wellness, Family, & Environment & Recreation. Three $113,000 transformational grants will be awarded. Past arts winners include The Alluvian/Crosshatch (2021) and The Garden Theater (2022). Info.apply link here.

Blue Star Museum Info

Interested in becoming a Blue Star Museum? Link to learn more here.. Blue Star Museums is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families, in collaboration with the Department of Defense and museums across America, offering free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve. The 2023 Blue Star Museums program runs 5/20 – 9/4/2023. Participants are promoted via the NEA map of Blue Star Museums, cross promotions and local PR toolkit. Open to children’s museums, art museums, history and science museums, zoos, nature centers, and more. More info here. Register here.

Partner for Great MI Read

Schools, libraries, independent book clubs, colleges, universities, arts and cultural institutions, and a range of other organizations are invited to become Great Michigan Read partners administered by Michigan Humanities. 2023-24 book is The Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Bouley. In addition to free books, Great Michigan Read partners may also receive complementary readers’ guides, teachers’ guides, bookmarks, and other materials. Info Webinar is 5/23, 1pm, register here. Partners may apply for $750 Great Michigan Reads Action Grants for programming beginning 7/25. Info on all here. Apply to be a Partner here.

United Way Offers Summer of Service

In Traverse City & have volunteer projects? Summer of Service is a 10-week volunteerism event in Grand Traverse county, running Thursday, 6/1-8/3, 4-7 pm where a different local agency will host volunteers of any age and ability for drop-in volunteering. Seeking agencies that could host at least 20 volunteers over that 3 hour period (number may range from 3-75, so flexibility is key)  Current openings for 6/22 & 6/29. Interested, contact bailey@unitedwaynwmi.org.

Plein Air Summer Series at Old Art Building Starts 5/31

The Old Art Building begins 18 weeks of plein air paint outs on 5/31 through 9/27. Open to artists of all levels and mediums. The group will paint at a variety of locations in Leelanau county, including several locations not typically available, Info/apply here

Art Beat Returns 6/3

Marking its 18th year, Art Beat returns to Elk Rapids on Saturday, 6/3, 10am-5pm at Twisted Fish Gallery, Blue Heron Gallery and Mullaly’s 128 Gallery. Enjoy this annual “big day of art” in Elk Rapids. A list of artist demos and related activities is linked here.

MLAP Nomination; MI Blue

Michigan Legacy Art Park has been nominated for the Ten Best Sculpture Park in the USA Today Reader’s Choice Awards competition. Votes are sought through 6/12 at noon. Share link & vote at https://bit.ly/VoteArtPark.

MLAP is also leading its annual collaborative community art project, Michigan Blue, open to all. Learn more here.

Festival of the Book Announces 2023 Presenters

Harbor Springs Festival of the Book just announced its line-up of presenters for the 2023 festival slated for September 22-24.  Presenters, schedule, more info – link here.

Springboard Fellowships Open

Applications are open through 6/20 for Springboard for the Arts’ 2023-25 Rural Regenerator Fellowship.
The Fellowship brings together rural artists, organizers, culture bearers and change-makers who are committed to advancing the role of art, culture and creativity in rural development and community building. Fellows participate in two years of peer learning and exchange and receive an unrestricted $10,000 stipend. Info/Apply here.

AI Webinars, Research

SMU DataArts is offering the following AI related webinars and research in May:

  • Digital Intelligence: A Conversation on Evaluating Machine Learning and Giving in the Arts – Webinar, 5/30, 1pm. Info/register here
  • GenAI and the Arts – Smart Strategies for Using Generative Artificial Intelligence, 5/31, 10-11:30am. Info/register here.
  • Researchers Turn to Machine Learning to Evaluate Equitable Practices in Grantmaking, Daniel Fonner, et al. Read here.

Calls for Art

  • Portside Art Fair, East Jordan apply here
  • TC Arts Commission, Bryant Park Mural RFP 
  • Glen Arbor Arts Center, Multiple. Info
  • Higher Art Gallery, Safe Harbor. Info here
  • Jordan River Arts Council, Multiple. Info
  • Charlevoix Circle of Art, Multiple. Info here
  • Northport Arts Association, Multiple. Info here
  • Oliver Arts Center, Frankfort, Multiple. Info
  • Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts, Manistee, Proposals. Info here.
  • Veterans Inspiring Veterans, Art Show. Info here.

Job Openings

  • Good Hart Artist Residency, Associate Director, Info/apply here.
  • Crosshatch Center for Arts & Ecology & The Alluvion: Operations & Finance Coordinator  Info here
  • Crosshatch Center for Arts & EcologyThe Alluvion, Jeff Haas LLC & Building Bridges with Music,: Communications & Marketing Director  Info here

Monthly Program Reminders: Chillout 5/25, Roundtable 6/1

  • Young Adult Artist Chillouts, 5/25. Open to all. Held at TC Circuit, 6:30-9pm, on the last Thursday of every month through September. Supported by a MACC New Leaders grant.
  • Monthly Zoom Roundtables are held the first Thursday of each month at 10am. Next one is 6/1 at 10am. Zoom link here.

Are You a Rising Leader?

Applications are open through 6/30 for MACC’s Rising Leaders is a rigorous and highly interactive personal development initiative committed to the advancement of Michigan’s arts leaders. Chosen by application to MACC, participants gain tools and perspective needed to strengthen their leadership skills and develop relationships with a cohort of peers dedicated to advancing arts and culture in Michigan. All commit to three in-person meetings (10/2023-4/2024) as well as individual reflection work. NW Michigan grads include Troy DeShano ’19 (Michigan Legacy Art Park), Megan Holtrey ’20 (Dennos Museum Center), Elizabeth Adams ’21 (Leelanau Historical), Caroline Barlow ’22 (Blissfest) & Chelsie Niemi ’23 (Dennos Museum Center)Info/Application here. 

Trending Topics

Following are trending topics we’re reading or listening to.

  • Digging into the Indian Arts & Crafts Act, Arts Midwest Filling the Well Podcast and Go Deeper Resources, Episode 9,  Link here
  • More Arts = More Benefits for Kids, Wallace Foundation. 4/25/23 Link here
  • Study Finds Local Arts Agencies are Catalysts for Art Vibrancy, Americans for the Arts, Link here
  • Using Brainstorming that Breaks Through, Arts Midwest, 4/10/23 Link here
  • What Funding Arts and Culture Can Do for Rural Communities, The Daily Yonder, 4/26/23. Link here.
  • Breaking News: Gig Work is Work, Artists are Workers, Fractured Atlas, 5/9/23. Link here.

Summit Takeaways: Opening Highlights


We’ll be sharing highlights, resources & takeaways from the 5/9 Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Summit in the e-news & website over the next few weeks. Link here for highlights from the opening talks and first panel, & see below for New Triangles noted by Anne-Marie Oomen & IPR comment sharing.
Will you share your thoughts? These card were gathered at the recent 2023 Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Summit but you can still participate. Interlochen Public Radio is collecting the answers. Send yours to:

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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