As the seasons start to shift, the curtain is closing on Summer 2021. Congratulations to all who navigated re-opening, creative reshaping and ongoing pandemic pivots as we all continue to work through COVID challenges and recovery. Parallel 45 aptly named this the summer of the cultural comeback. It has not been easy but arts and culture has shone in the spotlight and helped our region recover. Bravo to all…and thank you!
And now – we welcome new seasons with new programming, performances, exhibitions, classes and, likely, more challenges to come. Please share your news, needs and opportunities – for the E-News or post to the website, Facebook & Instagram. Help us promote you, support each other and continue to build capacity for the artists, organizations, projects and communities to create the NW MI Arts & Culture Network.
Here to Stay: Three Pandemic-Related Trends Likely to Stick Around
From Colleen Dilenshneider, Know Your Bone, & Jim Hekkers, Impacts Experience, Here are three broader market trends for cultural organizations to embrace to help adjust to the new normal: Digital expectations, travel behavior & working from home. Read more.
Celebrating, Supporting Arts in Education
National Arts in Education Week is 9/12-18, 2021. Watch for more informaitno next week on this and many school related resources.
Americans for the Arts shares this toolbox for partnering with schools and educators during National Arts in Education Week and through the year. More here.
Museum Collection Assessment Funds
The Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program provides small and mid-sized museums with partial funding toward a general conservation assessment. The assessment is a study of all of the institution’s collections, buildings, and building systems, as well as its policies and procedures relating to collections care. Participants receive an assessment report with prioritized recommendations to improve collections care. Deadline 9/15. Info here
MI H.O.P.E.S. to Benefit Network
NW MI Arts & Culture Network was notified 9/1 that it will receive one of Michigan Humanities’ MI H.O.P.E.S. American Rescue Plan grants to aid in our own recovery and to aid in our support for the cultural work and organizaitons in the region. Thank you!
TSO Staff News & Openings
Welcome! Becky Childs just joined TSO as the new Marketing and Box Office Manager.
NWS announces its newest iteration of Front Street Writers with a series of free writing programs for students in grands 4-12, including openings in its Creative Writing Intensive due 9/15. Info here.
Minigrant Showcase: Mashup Rock & Roll Musical
Scoopy Doo-Wop, Summer 2021 Mashup Rock & Roll Musical FY21 MCACA Minigrantee
Mashup Rock & Roll brings a unique and irreverent rock & roll theatre experience while challenging all to move outside our own perspectives. They produce new works that remix popular culture not just to entertain, but to celebrate and question the society we live in, with stories that promote inclusion and tolerance.