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October Zoom Roundtable 
Thursday, 10/1 @ 10am

Open to all – join us for an informal roundtable to share news, challenges, resources and opportunities. Special guest – Heather Brady, Traverse Area District Library – discuss arts opportunities with TADL as well as libraries overall. Join us!

 Traverse City Recognized as #10 Most Arts Vibrant
Medium Sized Community in the U.S.

Traverse City was named the #10 Most Arts Vibrant Middle Size Community in the U.S. by SMU DataArts. The region was previously recognized in 2018 and 2016. SMU DataArts released the  2020 Arts Vibrancy Index, which ranks more than 900 communities across the country, examining the level of supply, demand and government support for the arts in each city. The report highlights the top 20 most arts-vibrant large cities in the U.S., alongside lists for the top 10 medium and top 10 small communities. The report notes Traverse City area as one of the smallest of the middle-size communities. Also included is the Arts Vibrancy Map noting data for every county in the country. The report can be accessed here.

Call for Northern Michigan Artists

As the Building the Future of Health Care expansion project progresses, McLaren Northern Michigan Foundation (Foundation) would like to visually celebrate, through the eyes of area artists, northern Michigan and the special place it holds in the hearts of all who reside in or visit the region. On behalf of the Foundation, Distinctive Art Source, a consulting firm specializing in art programs for health care settings, will carefully select over 300 pieces of artwork for purchase and installation in the new wing on the Petoskey campus, scheduled to open early Summer 2021.
Artwork will be chosen for therapeutic properties benefitting its viewers, including patients, visitors and staff. Selected art content will reflect the natural beauty of northern Michigan along with the outdoor lifestyle that provides multi-generational family enjoyment. Art content may include regional lakes and rivers, farmland, orchards and vistas, flora and fauna native to northern Michigan, beloved local landmarks, festivals and events, and outdoor recreation such as boating, skiing, biking, and fishing.

Link to Information, Guidelines & Zoom Info Links Here.

Artist Info Session (Zoom): October 7, 2020 at 7pm
Deadline: October 26, 2020

The Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network has been growing from its original grassroots organizing for the past several years. Thank you for being a part. 
COVID-19 has impacted arts and culture so much.
The need to support each other and our sector is stronger than ever. 

Please help continue to build the network by investing in our first membership drive.  Memberships are available for individuals and organizations of all disciplines in arts, culture, and creative businesses. Community champions can support the network with donations, engagement, and sponsorships.

Due to the economic challenges of COVID-19, first year fees have been set low for greater accessibility. Questions? Link here for membership info, visit www.nwmiarts.org or email arts@nwmiarts.net.

Please Join Us!



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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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