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Network E-News 6/25/2021

Minigrant Benefits McLaren, MI Artists

McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation just posted this photo on Facebook thanking donors, including the Network for its MCACA minigrant which helped fund artwork for McLaren’s new hospital wing currently under construction. ” We are so excited for the opening of the new hospital wing later this summer. All of e pieces are coming together….. the new wing will feature all Michigan-made art! Framer, Bruce White, was recently here picking up some larger paintings to prepare them for installation. Thank you for helping us create a beautiful, healing environment for our patients.” (Art peeking out of box is work by Elk Rapids artist Lindy Bishop DIngeman, slated to hang in the new wing’s lobby)  
     This was projectone of 20 MCACA minigrants the Network awarded during the past year. Watch for more spotlights as the FY21 minigrants take shape. Interested in applying for an FY22 minigrant? Link here for info and webinar schedule. Deadline is 8/3.

July Zoom Roundtable

Join us for sharing, updates & strategies
Added Focus on Instagram, Social Media & Using Network Resources for PR

Thursday, 7/1
10 am

Zoom link here

NEA ARP Grants, Webinar

The NEA just announced American Rescue Plan (ARP) Direct Grants to Arts and Culture Organizations Guidelines  Application Deadline is Thursday, 8/12. Approximately $60 million will be available for grant amounts of $50,000, $100,00, or $150,000.  Register here for a free Americans for the Arts ArtsU Webinar on Tuesday, 7/6, 3pm to learn more about the specific guidelines.

LGT Apps, Scholarships

Applications for the 2021-22 class of Leadership Grand Traverse are now open. Traverse Connect is offering up to 4 Creative Coast scholarships offsetting 90% of tuition for artists, arts & cultural administrators and those working in the creative sector. For more information on LGT and the Creative Coast scholarships, link here.

Instagram Shout Out

Help us promote you! The Network is ramping up its Instagram and wants to feature you. Share your highlights. Tell us how you’re making an impact in your community and what kind of events, exhibits or work you have planned for the summer. Be sure to include a few high resolution images with captions and/or photo credit. Let us help build awareness of the important work you’re doing! Email images and info to arts@nwmiarts.net.

Paint Grand Traverse
Quick Paint Competition

A Quick Paint is an exciting, two-hour competition for plein air painters working on location. Up to 100 artists will compete for cash awards, and the competition will be immediately followed by a quick sale! This year’s event will be held at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons.  
Link to Open registration

Ideas? Help Rename MCACA

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs is changing its name! In search of a title that more accurately reflects its work and mission, they’re welcoming idea submissions sent to mcaca@michigan.gov no later than July 30. 

Public Sector ARP Recording

Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation, Rotary Charities of Traverse City & the NW Michigan Community Development Coalition hosted a presentation by Public Sector Consultants on the American Rescue Plan. A copy of the recording is available here. Use passcode: R&h4BKyf
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