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Network E-News, 8/12/2021

Minigrant Spotlight on Art Rapids!

Here’s a snapshot from Art Rapids recent Clay Camp held mid-July for Antrim area youth and supported in part by our MCACA minigrants.  Students considered the ways animal imagery has been used by various cultures to represent values and ideas, define identity, and to project character. Using a large selection of visual aids, students will learn the many ways animal imagery has been used in ceramic and other sculptural media, emphasizing the totem poles of Northwest Native American groups. Students created individual ceramic animal heads referencing the animals of the area woodlands. The will soon be mounted in a vertical ‘totem’ and installed in the Walk of Art Park. 

Images Needed to Showcase Arts, Culture, Community in NW MI

Michigan Municipal League is making a video highlighting all forms of art and culture across Michigan, and wants to feature you and your community!  Send MML photos of your favorite mural, art installation, concert, local film, poetry reading, etc. in your community by tagging/DMing us, commenting, or emailing us at Artwork@mml.org.
Submit your photos by 8/15 to be featured!

Community Collection Grants

The Library of Congress and the American Folklife Center just launched the Community Collections grant program. Grants up to $50,000 will support individuals or non-profit organizations in producing cultural documentation–photographs, interviews, audio or video recordings about their community from the community’s perspective ($60,000 if applicants intend to host a public program) Due date for applications is 9/7/2021. Info here.

GIG Fund Re-Opens, Aids Performers

Applications are now open for the second round of its GIG (Grow, Invest, Gather) Fund grants. Grants are $2,500 to bring touring performances to communities. Deadline 10/5 for project funding January-June 2022. Learn more and view past projects hereVIew an informational webinar here (originally presented by Arts Midwest 8/10/2021). Guidelines here. Application here. Questions, gig@artsmidwest.org

Future Leaders Fund Scholarships Deadline 8/18

Are you an up-and coming Arts Administrator? Deadline has been extended for Future Leaders’ Fund Scholarships to attend the (online) Arts Midwest annual conference 9/17-22. Join and participate in educational programming, build a strong network of mentors, and access real-life learning experiences within the industry…and represent Northern Michigan. Deadline is  8/18. Info Here.

CTAC-Petoskey Holiday Artists

Crooked Tree Arts Center – Petoskey’s 2021 Holiday Bazaar is a showcase of original art available for purchase during the winter holiday shopping season. The juried exhibition will be installed in the CTAC – Petoskey galleries and online. Artwork will be available for purchase online and at the CTAC – Petoskey galleries. Info and apply here.

Merry Marketplace Call at CTAC-TC

Crooked Tree Arts Center – Traverse City is taking applications for its holiday Merry Marketplace. The market is slated for the first three weekends of December. Apply to have a booth at one, two or all three weekend events in December. Deadline to apply is 9/17. More info here.


  • Angie Quinn has joined Michigan Legacy Art Park this week as its new Executive Director.
  • Christine Guitar joined City Opera House in Traverse City last month as Director of Development and Marketing

Digital Video Instructor Needed

The Greenspire School is seeking  a high school technology and digital video instructor (.5 FTE) for the upcoming school year. Info and job posting here.

Volunteers Needed

NW MI Arts & Culture Network will be participating in Downtown Traverse City’s “Last Slice of Summer” celebration on Friday, 8/27, 5-8pm. We’d love to have some artists on hand – creating and/or exhibiting…as well as at the table. Interested?  arts@nwmiarts.net

Plein Air is in the air with Paint Grand Traverse taking place all week, and the recent plein air events at Glen Arbor Arts, Leelanau Community Cultural Center, Northport Arts Association and Jordan River Arts Council. Bravo to all these wonderful artists and events throughout the region. (Photo credit: Artist Michelle Bien)

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