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Network E-News, 7/22/2021

Deadline 8/3 for FY22 Minigrant Apps

Minigrant Project and POD deadline at 5pm on 8/3 is getting closer! Applications are open for Minigrant Projects up to $4,000 and Professional & Organizational Development (POD) grants up to $1,500 for use 10/1/2021-9/30/2022. FY22 MCACA Minigrants are administered by NW MI Arts & Culture Network for a wide variety of projects and trainings benefiting Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Manistee, Missaukee and Wexford County. During the past year, the Network awarded $56,480 in MCACA minigrants to 23 organizations.

Past projects have included afterschool art programs, community concerts, public art, historical videos, civic theatre, choral groups, writers talks, library projects, band camp,artist residencies, summer arts programs, performances and much more. POD grants helped fund strategic planning, conferences, and fund development training.

Interested? Guidelines and resources are on the Network web site here.

Questions? Ideas? There are three more webinars and drop-in zoom sessions coming up: Friday, 7/23, Monday, 7/26 & Friday, 7/30. All at 11am.  Zoom link here 

Zoom Link to Minigrant Webinars/Drop-in

Become a Grant Peer Reviewer

Region 2 minigrants are reviewed by a panel of 7-10 reviewers representing a cross section of arts and cultural disciplines, expertise and communities. Each year, we seek to grow our pool of reviewers and seat a representative panel of new and seasoned reviewers, who all bring fresh perspective. Commitment is to read and score each application online and then meet for a half day review session via zoom. Interested in learning more? Please contact arts@nwmiarts.net.

MCACA is accepting applications for its 2021-22 Rising Leaders cohort, a rigorous and highly interactive personal development initiative committed to the advancement of Michigan’s arts leaders and sharing tools to create communities and a state where everyone can experience and express creativity in daily lives. Info here.  Application here.  Deadline July 30. Want to connect with a northern Michigan alumni? arts@nwmiarts.net.

Network at CTAC Art Fair 7/31

Crooked Tree Art Center-Traverse City is hosting its annual Art Fair on 7/31, 9am-4pm at the Grand Travere County Civic Center. The Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network will have a booth – stop by, shop art and say hello. We’ll have our member info and cross promoting our NW MI arts community.

Art Rapids Memorial Concert 7/29

Indie/folk guitarist and singer Levi Britten will be the featured artist at Art Rapids! third free summer community concert in the park for the summer season. The performance is slated for Thursday, 7/29, 7pm, in the Dorothy Wentworth Memorial Pavilion at Elk Rapids Day Park, 920 South Bay Shore Drive, Elk Rapids.  More information here.

Creative Coast Hosts 7/30 Meet-up

Grand Traverse area creatives are invited to the first Fresh Coast Quarterly Club meet-up on Friday, 7/30, 5-7pm at Oneupweb. The Fresh Coast Quarterly Club showcases creative entrepreneurs who have made Traverse City their home, and have brought with them exciting new ideas, interests, inspirations, and innovations. At Oneupweb, located at 1371 Gray Dr #100, Traverse City, followed by drinks and networking next door at Earthen Ales. RSVP &info here

ARP $ Recordings, Links

For those seeking information and links to American Rescue Plan grants, the Network website has links to recent webinars by the National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Humanities and Americans for the Arts on the NEA direct grants to arts organizations and the MI H.O.P.E. grants for the humanities. Both offer operational support to aid in pandemic recovery. See Tools at www.nwmiarts.org or Link Here.

Calling for IG Images, Info, PR

Help us promote you! The Network want to feature you on Instagram. Tell us how you’re making an impact in your community and what kind of events 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 to arts@nwmiarts.net. 

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