NW MI Arts & Culture Summit

The Power in Our Partnerships

Connections, Capacity, Communications, Champions


Tuesday, 5/7/2024  – 8:00am-3:30pm

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

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As of Noon, 4/29/24, In Person Attendance is at capacity. Zoom Participation is available. To be added to the in person waiting list – email arts@nwmiarts.net.

Join Northern Michigan’s annual gathering for all who further arts, culture and our vibrant communities.

Artists, culture bearers, organizations, community builders and regional leaders are invited to join a robust day of panels, networking and celebrating our creative sector.

Morning panels will explore The Power in Our Partnerships focusing on building cross-sector collaborations, strategies and champions to further the arts throughout Northern Michigan. Breakout sessions will share hands-on tools with tracks for individual artists as well as organizations.

Speakers include more than 20 regional artists, arts and cultural leaders, community project directors and creative sector advocates, in addition to state leaders from Michigan Arts & Culture Council, Upper Peninsula Arts & Culture Alliance, Traverse Connect, College for Creative Studies, Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance, Interlochen Public Radio and Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Summit registration is a benefit of Network Membership.
Non-members welcome. Scholarships are available.
Contact arts@nwmiarts.net with questions.


Summit Schedule

The 2024 Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Summit will be presented

at Interlochen Center for the Arts. Zoom options available for remote participation.

Scroll Below for Schedule & Speakers Bios

Morning Welcome & Panels

Prelude – 8:00-8:30am

Registration & Networking
Continental Breakfast
Sharing Table

Morning music performed by Ted Alan

Members’ audio readings, music and art will be woven through the day.

IPR Classical Music host & producer Nancy DeNeen will be recording submissions all day for Music by Request (to air 5/18-19) 

Gather & Greetings – 8:30am

Gary Gatzke
President, Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network
Associate Director of Continuing & Community Education, Interlochen Center for the Arts
Mary Bevans Gillett
Executive Director, Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network

Showcasing the Power of Our Arts


What better way to kick of our day than to experience the power of music and the arts as Interlochen Arts Academy classical voice
students perform pieces from the original opera Edmonia which will hold its world premiere at Interlochen Center for the Arts on May 4.

Camille Colatosti, Ph.D.
Provost, Interlochen Center for the Arts

Laura Osgood Brown, D.M.A
Co-director – Edmonia, Instructor of Voice and Opera, Interlochen Center for the Arts

Justin Lee Miller
Co-director – Edmonia, Director of Musical Theatre, Interlochen Center for the Arts


Classical Voice & Opera Students
Interlochen Center for the Arts

Summit Springboard – 8:45am

Trey Devey
President, Interlochen Center for the Arts

Warren Call
President & CEO, Traverse Connect

Session 1 – 9:00am

Powering Our Partnerships: Collaborating Creatively


We all play roles in furthering the arts and powering cultural vibrancy. Let’s build on our strengths with collaborations, creativity and connections across all sectors. This interactive discussion with regional and state leaders will kick off an interactive deeper dive.


Alison Watson
Director, Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs
Warren Call
President & CEO, Traverse Connect


Sue Roll
Director, Upper Peninsula Arts & Culture Alliance

Tracy Muscat Lareau
Bellaire DDA Public Art & College for Creative Studies (Detroit)
Chad Lindsey
Executive Director, City Opera House; formerly The Mark O’Donnell Theater, Brooklyn, NY
Jamie Gallagher
Retired, Faber Castell USA & Consultant, For the Win, 

Trey Devey
President, Interlochen Center for the Arts


Short Break

Session 2 – 10:00am

Big Dreams & Creative Plans

It’s time to dream big and bring shape to the collaborations we would like to create.
We will use the discussions, info and issues raised in the opening sessions to work together to identify key opportunities, resources and action plans.


Topic Tables
Expanding Rural Access to the Arts
“Pure Inspiration” – Powering Cultural Economic Development
Building Arts-Led Bridges to Addressing Mental Health & Resiliency
Creating a Northern Arts Wave – Cultural Tourism & Placemaking
Big Ideas – What’s Our Creative “Moon Shot?”
Zoom Room – Buidling Partners Cross-Sector

Table Facilitators

Carrie Tebeau, Good Hart Artist Residency
Chad Lindsey, City Opera House
Brett Sinclair, Raven & Lotus
Julie Povolo, City Opera House
Tracy Muscat Lareau & Shelly Dayton, Bellaire DDA
Michelle Bien, Atelier Bien
Ian Jones, Interlochen Center for the Arts


Session 3 – 11:10am

Community Partners: When We Lead with the Arts

During the 2023 Summit, we were challenged to consider two questions.
What do the arts in Northern Michigan mean to me?
What would happen if we built our communities with arts at the center?
Both questions launched a year long community partners project with Interlochen Public Radio, Michigan Writers, area communities and the Network to showcase the essence and transformational power of arts and culture. Each of our panelists are leading parts of our region’s MACC Community Partners projects.


Peter Payette
Executive Director, Interlochen Public Radio
(Fresh Coast Creatives)
Anne-Marie Oomen & Daniel Stewart
Michigan Writers
(Transformational: Stories of NoMI Arts & Culture)
Deb Jackson
Executive Director, Old Town Playhouse
(At the Corner of Arts & Culture)
Katie Jones
Executive Director, The Garden Theater
(Stories That Heal)


Mary Bevans Gillett
Executive Director, Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network


Break for Lunch

Lunch – 11:50 PM

Sandwich & Salad Buffet

Continue your own community partnering! Enjoy an informal lunch with participants and presenters. Mix it up. Meet new colleagues and renew relationships. Brainstorm. Share ideas, experiences, questions and best practices.

We’ll formally reconvene at 12:25 in time for the MACC Presentation at 12:30.

Regathering “Warm-up for MACC” with Chad Lindsey, City Opera House

 MACC Talk – 12:30pm

State of the Arts for Arts & Culture

There are many new changes coming for the State of Michigan Arts & Culture Council (MACC).
Much re-envisioning, study and planning has been underway as the Council builds for a strong future serving and supporting arts and cultural sector across the state
in the years to come. MACC Director Alison Watson will discuss the ‘year of transition’ as well as exciting changes for MACC’s funding programs, services and future plans working together. This presentation will include information on the grant programs that will be announced by MACC on May 1. 

Alison Watson
Director, Michigan Arts & Culture Council


Meet Michigan Arts & Culture Council Throughout the Day

In addition to Alison’s presentation, MACC staff and council members will be at the Summit throughout the day and
welcome the chanceto meet, discuss, and answer questions.

Alex Flannery, MACC Operational Support Program Director &
Jeff Garrett, MACC Capital Improvements Program Director & ADA 504 Coordinator

Esther Triggs, MACC Council Member &
Interlochen Center for the Arts Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Move to Breakouts – 12:55pm

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

Breakouts A, B, C – 1:00-1:55pm
– Short Break –
Breakouts D, E, F – 2:00-2:55pm

Breakout A

Artist Track

ROOM #106

Artists as Entrepreneurs: Business Practices for Creatives

Nicholas James Thomasma
Michigan Music Alliance


Breakout B

Capacity Building

ROOM #107

Fundraising Strategy Exchange

Cindy McSurely
The Benedict Group

Breakout C

Capacity Building


All Things Data

Sam Charnes
Interlochen Center for the Arts
Amy Gillard
Harbor Springs Festival of the Book
Sue Roll
Upper Peninsula Arts & Culture Alliance

Breakout D



Working Well with Others: Building Creative, Impactful Community Partners

(Deep Dive)

Brian Beauchamp
TART Trails

Michelle Boyer
Good Hart Artist Residency
Jamie Gallagher
Faber Castell USA (ret) For the Win
Helen Raica Klotz
Antrim Writers Series
Carrie Tebeau, Director
Good Hart Artist Residency

Breakout E

Culture Track

ROOM #107

A Sense of Place: Sharing Cultures, Traditions, Stories

Laura Quackenbush
Great Lake History & Interpretation
Cultural Resource Management

Mark Smith
Omena Historical Museum
Minnie Wabanimkee
Photographer, Artist
Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians

Breakout F


ROOM #106

Creative Presentations: Thinking on Your Feet & Out of Thin Air

Nikki Devitt, IOM
Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce &
Volunteer, Little Traverse Civic Theatre

Next Steps & Send-Off – 3:00pm

Join us back in the Great Room for a short recap and then we’ll head to IPR to celebrate our work.

Post-Summit Reception

Join us for a final chance to network, continue conversations and share a toast to the day with our colleagues at Interlochen Public Radio. In addition to the reception, the IPR studios will be open for tours and a sample of our two wonderful public radio stations – IPR News & Classical IPR – at work.

Speakers & Featured Guests

Trey Devey

Trey Devey

June 12, 2017, marked Trey Devey’s first day as the eighth president of Interlochen Center for the Arts. Devey is responsible for advancing the institution as a global leader in arts education and a high impact, financially sustainable non-profit, which includes Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen Arts Camp, Interlochen College of Creative Arts, Interlochen Presents, Interlochen Online, and Interlochen Public Radio. Devey began his tenure working toward the completion of the Sasaki ...
Alison Watson

Alison Watson

Alison Watson has served as the Director of the Michigan Arts and Culture Council (MACC) since 2018, following seven years of serving as the Programs Manager for the agency.  She brings more than 20 years of expertise within Michigan’s arts and cultural sector, having worked at various nonprofits both on a local and state level. Ms. Watson developed a passion for the arts at a young age and has worked to encourage an inclusive arts environment in Michigan ever since.
Warren Call

Warren Call

Warren Call is the President & CEO of Traverse Connect, the economic development organization for the Grand Traverse region, which supports area businesses through a combination of attraction and expansion strategies, talent development efforts, chamber programs, and strategic coordination among partner agencies. Warren holds leadership roles in several public policy initiatives dedicated to economic expansion, serves on the Michigan Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the US ...
Jamie Gallagher

Jamie Gallagher

After growing up in Pittsburgh, PA and graduating from the University of Notre Dame, Jamie began what is now a 40-year career in the creative products industries. For sixteen years he was a key sales and marketing executive with LEGO working both in the US and Canadian markets. He then continued the trend of working with high quality, privately held toy brands by serving as President of Playmobil USA. In 2003, Jamie assumed the role of President and CEO of Faber-Castell USA, the US ...

President and CEO, Faber-Castell USA (retired); Consultant & Public Speaker on Creativity & Business


Ted Alan

Ted Alan

Ted Alan is a professional guitarist and vocalist, specializing in jazz and blues and working with a variety of great musicians including Sherman Mitchell, Rob Smith, Herb Ellis, Mose Allison, and Pete Magadini. For 30 years, Ted has performed and organized events centering on Live Music in Public Places. He is the former director of the Music Performance Trust Fund for the state of Arizona, former Artist in Residence for the Arizona Commission on the Arts and has worked with private, ...
Brian Beauchamp

Brian Beauchamp

Brian Beauchamp is the Director of Strategic Engagement at TART Trails. He joined the staff in 2014 after serving on the TART Trails Board of Directors for five years prior. He’s got a couple of decades of experience in non-profit management, a passion for trails and genuine enthusiasm to help build the movement to make every home a trailhead. In his ‘unofficial’ time, you can often find him cross-country skiing, shredding in the forest, roller skiing, running (seriously this guy does it ...

Resources from Past Summits


The Northwest Michigan Arts and Culture Summit is held annually at Interlochen Center for the Arts. This convening brings together artists of all disciplines, arts & cultural organizations, creative entrepreneurs, community builders, planners and stakeholders together with state arts leaders to explore best practices, timely topics, network tools, sector challenges, funding strategies and partnering opportunities as we continue shaping the network’s future. Hallmarks are the rich range of local, regional and state speakers and the high level of interactivity, connectivity and strengthened relationships among attendees. The regional arts and culture summit is an annual springboard to new relationships, opportunities, mentors and ideas.

Resources from past summits are available below. 
The May 2020 Summit was cancelled due to COVID-19. 

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