Network E-News, 10/3/2022

October Celebrates Arts & Humanities

Join colleagues and communities across the country in celebrating National Arts & Humanities Month  Tools are available with graphics, social media, messaging and ideas on the Network and AFTA sites or Link here. See Gov. Whitmer also declared October as Arts and Humanities Month in Michigan. Read the proclamation here.

Join #Show Your Art 2022

Show Your Art is a social media campaign designed to promote awareness of National Arts and Humanities Month and engage the public in celebrating the power and diversity of the arts in communities across the nation. Share your impact on Instagram – for one day or every day – as we use our collective voice to advocate for the work we do across the nation. Images, links & info here.

October DEI Skillshare
Thursday, 10/6, 10 am

Join us 10/6 at 10am for our monthly zoom. Sharing news, opportunities, challenges & ideas, Fall PR, new strategic plan. This month/s Skillshare featuring DEI with Brett SInclair, Raven & Lotus, on the topic of “What is Culture and Intercultural Fluency.” Zoom Link 

Zoom Link for 10/6 Roundtable

Network to Host Journey Theatre Project DEI Series

Save the Dates: Thursday, 11/10 & Monday, 1/30
We are thrilled to announce that the Northwest Michigan Arts &Culture Network will be hosting the Journey Theatre Project for a three-part DEI workshop led by Esther Triggs, Journey Theatre Project co-founder and Interlochen Center for the Arts Associate Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Esther and her colleagues will lead two 3-hour sessions – Race and You (am), and Dress Rehearsal for Change (pm) on 11/10/2022, followed by a third follow-up session, Necessary Conversations, on 1/30/2023More here. All will be offered by Zoom for accessibility throughout the Network’s 10-county service area and will be free to members thanks to grant support from the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation and Rotary Charities Learning Fund. Registration information to come – email interest to arts@nwmiarts.net 

IdeaFest 10/6 in Elk Rapids

Art & Connection is hosting an IdeaFest to share ideas that will be used for meaningful programs and possibilities for the Elk Rapids community through the organization. All are invited to this free Open House evening of music, catered refreshments and opportunities to network, socialize and share. Slated for Thursday, 10/6, 5-8 pm, the event will be held in Art & Connection’s new facility, located at 965 Green St., Elk Rapids. RSVP: info@artandconnection.org or call or text to 231-620-4033 

Northport Celebrates
7th Anniversary

The Northport Art Association is celebrating its 7th anniversary at their center in the Village Art Building this month. Call for artists with drop-off 10/9-12, Anniversary Exhibition 10/15-29, Opening Reception/Fundraiser 10/14. More info, link here.

Digital Preservation Training Funds

The Digital Preservation Outreach and Education Network is offering up to $2,500 to support professional development in the area of digital preservation. Open to individuals or institutions. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. More info and apply here.

Artwork Archives October Grants & Opportunities

Artwork Archives released its list of artist grants and opportunities for October including calls for art, residencies and funding opportunities with deadlines this month. Link to October list hereLink to annual guide and related resources here.

Call for Fall Event Info

Help us promote the many talents, events, exhibits and performances taking place throughout the Network. Please share your fall happenings so that we can cross promote throughout the Network and NW MI media. Link to Google form here. Questions – arts@nwmiarts.net

Planning for Holiday PR

The Network is also gathering info on holiday markets, performances, events and related happenings taking place throughout the region beginning early-mid-November through the New Year. We’ll be promoting a Network web page with events as well as collective PR and cross promotion. Please share via the Holiday Google Form.

Latest Column: New Season, New Year, New Start

Read the Network’s latest column published in the 9/30 Traverse City Record-Eagle highlighting new performing and exhibition seasons, MACC FY23 funding and our new strategic plan. Link here.

Staff Openings & News

The following positions are currently open. Please link for information and to apply.

Best wishes to Network leaders who are moving to new positions:

  • Mercedes Michalowski, leaves her position as executive director at Oliver Art Center in Frankfort on 10/7 to assume a new position as Donor Relations Director at the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation. Mercedes will continue serving as past president on the NW MI Arts & Culture Network Board.
  • Sara Herberger moved from manager of the Historic Vogue Theater to program officer at the Manistee Community Foundation in September. Sara is also a former Network board member.
  • Sue Cronover, left Arts for All of Northern Michigan 9/23 to assume a new position as Operations Manager at Grand Traverse Industries.
  • Jason Dake left the Dennos Museum Center in mid-September and will take over as Director of Education at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores. Jason will continue to serve as president of Michigan Museums Association.

Welcome to new administrators in the Network:

MACC FY23 Funding Benefits Network

The Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network received three MACC grants to support its work in FY2023 (October 1, 2022-September 30, 2023) including $69,500 for the regional regrant program, including funding for Region 2 minigrants and regrant services, as well as $3,000 for the recently launched New Leaders program which support young and emerging artists, and $18,750 for Operational Support for Network programming and administration. The Network earned a score of 95.75 out of 100, which qualifies it for MACC’s Operational Support Extended Track program for the first time. Thank you to MACC and the NEA for this much appreciated financial support to continue our work serving the artists, culture bearers, organizations and creative community stakeholders throughout the ten counties of Northwest Michigan.

Round 2 Grants, Minigrants Open, Due 1/15

The Michigan Arts & Culture Council application portal is now open for Round 2 requests, including the following opportunities: Deadline is 1/15/2023. Funding can be used March 1-September 30, 2023.

  • Arts in Education grants are available to Michigan K-12 schools and offer up to $20,000 to fund arts education school-based arts learning projects. Info here.
  • Minigrant Projects provide up to $4,000 for projects that address arts and cultural needs locally.
  • School Supplies Minigrants are available to Michigan K-12 schools for 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.
  • School Bus Minigrants are available to Michigan K-12 schools for up to $500 to for transportion costs for students to attend arts and/or cultural experiences.
  • Note – there are NO Minigrant PODs available for Round 2.

See the Network website for minigrant information and links to guidelines. For assistance, contact arts@nwmiarts.net. Webinars & consults are available.

Our Members


Charlevoix Circle of Arts

Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology

Dennos Museum Center

Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts

Good Hart Artist Residency

Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra

Leelanau Historical Society

Michigan Legacy Art Park

National Writers Series


Traverse City Dance Project

Glen Arbor Arts Center

Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum

Jordan River Arts Council

Mash-Up Rock & Roll Musical

City Opera House

Benzie Historical Society

Harbor Springs Festival of the Book

Downtown Development Authority

The Historic Vogue Theatre of Manistee

Northport Art Association

Voices Without Borders

Blissfest Music Organization

Raven and Lotus LLC

Traverse City Arts Commission

Crooked Tree Arts Center

Up North Arts

Cadillac Visitors Bureau

Parallel 45 Theatre Festival

Old Town Playhouse

Twisted Fish Gallery

Interlochen Center for the Arts

Traverse Symphony Orchestra

Rachael Harrell – Drama Kids

The Croft Residency

Drama Kids – Rachael Harrell


Gary Gatzke

Ian Jones

Jim Young

Kristi Wodek

Mark Bowyer

Mary Gillett

Megan Heator

Molly Thompson

Renee Hintz

Susan Wenzlick

Ted Alan

Greta Bolger

Edward Kocher

Nick Walsh

Heather Harris-Brady

Monica Stokes

Amanda Kik

Mercedes Michalowski

Sharon Hubbard

Leslie Donaldson

Elizabeth Calcutt

Maia Hausler

Becky Lancaster

Linda Dewey

Melissa Johnson

Daniel Stewart

Walter J. Lee

Michelle Bien

H. Eleanor Jones

Tom Kaufmann

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