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Network E-News, 6/30/2022

Sounds of Summer Across the Network 

QuinTango (above) has been sharing its re-imagined tango music in the most creative ways across regions this past week as part of Interlochen Public Radio‘s IPR Live series with performances at the Historic Barns Park in Traverse City, as part of the Manitou Music Series at Glen Arbor Arts Center, and as an MACC minigrant project at the Garden Theater in Frankfort. This is just a sample of the many events coming up across the Network soon, including:  

  • 40th Annual Blissfest Folk & Roots Festival: July 8-10 in Harbor Springs .Info here
  • IPR Live 2022 Summer Concert Series continues with pop-up concerts featuring PULSE : 7/30 in Charlevoix; 7/3 in Traverse City. Info here
  • Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra’s Rocking with the GLCO Pops featuring Rockapella, 7/16. Info here
  • Traverse Symphony Orchestra’s Sherry Milliken Reum & Family Summer Concert Series at the Botanic Gardens at the Hisoric Barns Park, 7/3 & 8/4. Info here
  • Michigan Legacy Art Park’ss Summer Sounds concerts. Friday, 7/1-8/12
  • Crooked Tree Arts Center – Petoskey, Charlotte Ross Lee Concerts in the Park 2022, Wednesdays & Fridays, 12-1 through 8/19 in Pennsylvania Park in Petoskey. Info here
  • Grand Traverse Pavilions Community Concerts on the Lawn. Thursdays, 7/7-8/25 A MACC Minigrant Project. Info here
  • Leelanau Community Culture Center’s Music in the Air series on Thursdays. Info here.
  • The Garden Theater’s Live at the Garden Series in Frankfort. Info here.
  • And, musical performances throughout the summer at the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts in Manistee, Great Lakes Center for the Arts in Petoskey, the City Opera House in Traverse City and so much more.

New Zoom Roundtable Skills Sharing

Starting with July’s Roundtable, we will tap into Network expertise to share new skills, tools and resources that may benefit the “Work of Arts & Culture” that we all do, in addition to our regular member sharing for announcements, new opportunities and other news. July 7 will feature Lisa Thauvette of Tilt Think on ways we can use improv techniques in our work as well as services that may be accessed. In August, Interlochen Public Radio social media intern Karen Jane Ludwig will present a Digital Marketing Toolbox webinar on 8/4. Join us and invite colleagues – 1st Thursday of each month, 10am via Zoom. Zoom link here.

Tilt Think at July 7 Roundtable

Improv can be a tool as well as entertainment. Meet one of the Network’s newest members to learn more and, perhaps, tap into new tools
or opportunities to collaborate.

Lisa Thauvette, owner of Tilt Think.
We will also share updates and news. Open to all. Join us. Zoom link here.

August Roundtable Shares Digital Tips & Resources

IPR intern Karen Jane Ludwig will present a digital marketing webinar during the 8/4 Roundtable, sharing strategies, tools and resources to expand your online presence and connect impactfully with new audiences. Thursday, 8/4, 10am. Zoom link here

Link to Zoom Roundtables Here

Are you a Rising Leader?

Michigan Arts & Culture Council is now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 cohort of Rising Leaders (running 10/2022 – 4/2023). Deadline to apply is Friday July 29, 2022. Rising Leaders is a rigorous and highly interactive personal development initiative committed to the advancement of Michigan’s arts leaders. Program participants from across Michigan gain tools and perspective needed to strengthen their leadership skills and develop relationships with an extraordinary cohort of peers dedicated to advancing the arts and culture field. Past Network alumni include Megan Holtry(Dennos Museum Center), Caroline Barlow (Blissfest) and Elizabeth Adams (Leelanau Historical Museum) Info/Application here

Right Brain Seeks Art

Right Brain Brewery in Traverse City is looking for artists of all media interested in hanging and selling their art now through December. For more information email social@rightbrainbrewery.com along with a few examples of your work.

Dennos Holiday Market Applications Due 7/25

The Dennos Museum Center is accepting applications for its annual juried Holiday Artist Market, 11/4-5. The market is newly formatted to a table fee model moving away from the commission based structure of previous years. Special programming will be planned making this a fun event for all ages and admission is free to all. Deadline 7/25. Info/Application here.

State History Nominations Due 7/29

The Historical Society of Michigan is accepting applications in numerous categories for its annual awards program. The  State History Awards recognize people, programs, and publications that have furthered the understanding and appreciation of history throughout the state. Information here

Building, Accessing, and Using Contemporary Anishinabe Collections of the MSU Museum, 7/6

Join this free virtual talk on Wednesday, July 6, 7pm about caring for contemporary Anishinabe collections with Dr. Marsha MacDowell, curator of folk arts and director of the Michigan Traditional Arts Program and Lynne Swanson Cultural Collections Manager, Michigan State University Museum.  Register here.

Latest Creative MI Advocate

The newest edition of Creative MI Advocate is available with a comprehensive look at issues, resources and pending legislation impacting arts and culture at the state and federal level, including good budget news for MACC in the State of Michgian budget.. Link here to read. Link here to subscribe.

State of the Sector Data: Michigan Arts and Cultural Landscape Through the Early Stages of the Pandemic

From city to countryside, arts and cultural organizations across the state of Michigan have reopened, but the full impacts of the pandemic have yet to be uncovered. In partnership with the Michigan Arts and Culture Council, Dr. Zannie Voss takes a deep-dive look into what the latest data reveals about the state of the sector. Info/Webinar recording here.

Summit Recordings Online

Recordings & resources from the 2022 Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network are available on the Network website. Videos for each morning panel and presentations – The New Normal: Arts & Culture 2022; Funding Our Future: Trends & Strategies; The Power of Partnerships; Network 2.0 and Fundraising Roundtable – are under Summit Resources, link here.

Bridge Builder Grants Close 7/10

Michigan Municipa League is accepting applications for its Bridge Builder Neigborhood and Main Street placmaking microgrants. Deadline is 7/10. Information/application link here.


Trending Topics

Here are a few of the latest articles and blog posts that we’ve been reading:

Please share your trending topics. Email: arts@nwmiarts.net.

Minigrant Info & Webinars

MACC Applications are open through 8/3 for:

  • Arts & Culture Projects (up to $4,000)
  • Professional & Organizational Development (up to $1,500)
  • School Equipment & Supplies (up to $1,500)
  • School Bus Transportation for Arts & Culture Field Trips ($500)

Interested? Apply at macc.smartsimple.comInfo here or the Network website (Opportunities)

Webinars and Drop-in Q&A are available on:

  • Wednesdays, 7/6, 7/13, 7/20 & 7/27 at 1pm
  • Fridays 7/15 & 29, at 9am
  • By appointment – contact arts@nwmiarts.net
  • Zoom link to attend

See Local Minigrants in Action in NW MI

Want to see some of our minigrant projects in action, visit the Network’s new Minigrant Spotlight page on the website. Link here.

Link to Minigrant Webinar Zooms Here

May this holiday weekend be filled with music, arts, culture and the creative spirit
that fills our Northwest Michigan region

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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Good Hart Artist Residency

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra

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National Writers Series


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Glen Arbor Arts Center

Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum

Jordan River Arts Council

Mash-Up Rock & Roll Musical

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Benzie Historical Society

Harbor Springs Festival of the Book

Downtown Development Authority

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Northport Art Association

Voices Without Borders

Blissfest Music Organization

Raven and Lotus LLC

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Old Town Playhouse

Twisted Fish Gallery

Interlochen Center for the Arts

Traverse Symphony Orchestra

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Jim Young

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Greta Bolger

Edward Kocher

Nick Walsh

Heather Harris-Brady

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Sharon Hubbard

Leslie Donaldson

Elizabeth Calcutt

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Becky Lancaster

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Melissa Johnson

Daniel Stewart

Walter J. Lee

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