Thank you to those who attended the 2019 Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Summit.

Link here for resources shared 
(to be updated as more resources become available)

News Coverage: Arts & Culture Summit, network bring arts organizations together, Traverse City Record Eagle, 5/17/2019

Sharpening the Tools in Our Toolbox: Hands-On Advocating for Arts & Culture

Artists of all disciplines, arts & cultural organizations, creative businesses, community builders, planners and stakeholders are invited to participate in the Northwest Michigan Arts and Culture Summit on Thursday, May 9, at Interlochen Center for the Arts. This is the fourth annual regional summit to strengthen relationships, share resources, learn and continue building the ten-county arts and culture network. This year’s summit focuses on discussions, demos and breakouts with hands-on tools and strategies that can be easily used individually and collectively to advocate, promote, fundraise for and support the ecosystem that supports arts, culture, and our creative connections.

 Thursday, May 9, 2019

9:00am – 3:30pm
Registration, Breakfast, Networking begins 8:15pm

Mallory-Towsley Center for Arts Leadership – Interlochen Center for the Arts


$15 (includes continental breakfast & lunch)

SCHEDULE – Link Here


  • Interactive presentations, discussions & breakout sessions
  • Networking, resource sharing & one-on-one time
  • Strategies, tools and opportunities to boost advocacy, funding and promotion
  • Hands-on tools for community engagement, artist support & network building

Partial speaker and presentation list include, among others:

  • Speed Dating for Arts & Culture
  • Pitch! Media Coverage of Arts & Culture – Tips, tools, timelines & discussion
  • “A”dvocacy / “a”dvocacy – Brand ambassadors, engagement, community leaders
  • Creating Connection 2.0 – Strategies, examples & tools from Arts Midwest’s program
  • No Margin, No Mission – Strategies, opportunities & ideas for increased funding
  • Lightning Round of Great Ideas – Opportunities & ideas at work in NW Michigan
  • Speakers (partial list):
    • Alison Watson, Executive Director, Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs
    • Peter Payette, Executive Director, Interlochen Public Radio
    • Emily Tyra, Editor, Traverse Magazine &
    • Lynda Twiardowski, Executive Editor, Northern Express
    • Anne Stanton, Executive Director, National Writers Series
    • Ashlea Walter, Artist, Marketing Specialist and Political Strategist
    • Jason Dake, Dennos Museum Center & Michigan Museums Association Board
    • And more ….

For more information, contact Mary Gillett at or 231-883-8388.