The Northwest Michigan Arts and Culture Network joins American for the Arts in celebrating the transformative power of the arts during National Arts in Education Week, September 10-16.
The arts are an essential part of a complete education, no matter if it happens in the home, school, or community. Students of all ages—from kindergarten to college to lifelong learning to creative aging programs—benefit from artistic learning, innovative thinking, and creativity. Celebrating National Arts in Education Week is a way to recognize this impact and share the message with friends, family, and communities.
As a Network, we celebrate our many members that do so much to further arts in education and to change lives with the power of arts and culture. We use this E-News to share some arts ed resources and to showcase a sampler of minigrants in action.
igh School Portfolio classes are being offered by Crooked Tree Art Centers in Petoskey and Traverse City..For current high school students (grades 9 – 12), this is a 12-week in-person, studio-based program helps students develop a strong creative portfolio and includes opportunities for critique, portfolio reviews, and guidance on documenting and presenting artwork. Need-based and merit-based scholarships are available. Petoskey info.TC info.
Day of Caring ’23 Sign-up
United Way of Northwest Michigan is hosting its annual Day of Caring on Thursday, 9/21 in Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Missaukee and Wexford counties. Nonprofits can register projects and volunteer needs, while area volunteers and business teams are seeking to be matched up. Do you have volunteer needs, or a one-time getting-ready-for-fall need? Registration at the Volunteer Center is easy, free, and contributes to the biggest one-day volunteerism event in northern Michigan. Learn more and sign up here.
Call for Applications
The National Arts Education invites educators in visual/media arts, music, theater, and dance to apply to be part of a Connected Arts Networks (CAN) Professional Learning Community (PLC). These PLCs will meet virtually each month of the school year starting in January 2024 through June 2026. Join colleagues across the country online. Info here.
MAEIA Shares Training, Tools, Assessments & Community
Poetry Out Loud encourages youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance, students can master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. The program and all materials are provided to each partner at no cost through Michigan Humanities Council. .Registration is now open for the 2023-24 Poetry Out Loud season. Teachers/organizers guide here. More information/registration here.
K-12 MACC Minigrants
Michigan Arts & Culture council offers two minigrant programs open to K-12 schools:
Bus Minigrants up to $500 to Michigan K-12 schools for the transportation cost of an arts or culture related field trip. Guidelines here.
Equipment & Supplies minigrants up to $1,500 to pay for equipment (including repairs of equipment) or supplies being used within the classroom/school setting for arts and/or cultural experiences. Guidelines here.
Michigan K-12 teachers in any arts or cultural discipline may apply , including, but not limited to, creative writing, dance, film/video, music, visual arts, and theatre. Grants are awarded on a reimbursement basis. Next deadline (Round 2) is for 1/15/2024.
Free Great MI Read Books
Thanks to the Library of Michigan and BiblioBoard,, Michigan Humanities is able to offer free audiobook and E-book downloads of “Firekeeper’s Daughter” to anyone with a Michigan IP address! There will be two download windows, aligning with the fall and spring author tours. The first download window is September 20-October 18. Visit Michigan Humanities’ website or FaceBook for download link beginning 9/20. Northern MI Fall Tour dates include: 9/25: Alpena County George N. Fletcher Library; 9/26: Bellaire Public Library/Antrim Senior Community Center; & 9/27: Marion Public Library
Americans for the Arts and the Arts Action Fund will be celebrating the value of the arts in education through a webinar on Thursday, September 14 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET. This is part of our “Year-Round Arts Advocacy” educational opportunities to learn about arts education policies at the federal, state, and local levels.
We hope you will join us for this important conversation as we recognize the importance of arts in education! Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) will be our lead speaker, as she introduces her new bill the “Arts Education for All Act” in the House of Representatives. Register for this FREE Zoom webinar.
Funding benefited the Forest Area Community Schools in several ways. The marching band was able to hold a summer band camp with visiting instructors in August as the musicians prepped for the upcoming season. During the past school year, music teacher and band director Brandon Deike received one-on-one training through a POD/professional and organizational development minigrant, and the school’s band instruments were repaired thanks to a School Supplies and Equipment minigrant.
Archipelago held its 19th annual Summer Musical Innovation & Leadership Academy (MILA) camp and Workshop Series in Traverse City, 7/15-7/23. 45 students, gades 6-12, received affordable, high quality music education and performance experiences. Archipelago students performed at diverse venues and pop-ups in Traverse City and Frankfort, sharing their music and new learning with broad audiences.
Missaukee Library Brings Back Elementary Art
Missaukee District Library has been able to bring arts experiences to elementary students and teachers in grades 2-4 thanks to MACC minigrants. Held during winter and spring, local artist, Denise Rubin, designed experience with each classroom teacher and included a curriculum-based art project. During FY23, students created additional pieces that they shared with community members. All takes place at the library, located within walking distance of the school.
More Reading on Arts in Education
Here are a few more articles, reports and blog posts that we’ve been reading on arts and culture in education:
Network members’ classes, events, tours and offerings are among the highlights during the Network’s Fall Into the Arts promotion kicking later this week. Are you registered to participate and promote? Register here
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.