2019 Summit Schedule

2019 Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Summit

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

 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

 Summit Schedule

8:15 am:  Registration, continental breakfast, sharing tables
Join us for informal networking to kick off the day. Please add your PR materials to the sharing tables.
Update your info, add your name to an interest area and share names of others to share network news.

9:00 am:                     Welcome and Summit Springboard

Katharine Laidlaw, Vice President for Strategic Communications and Engagement, Interlochen Center for the Arts
Mary Bevans Gillett, Convener, Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network

 9:10 am:                     State of the State of Arts & Culture
There are new faces and new forces in Lansing and across the mitten as Michigan has a new governor and many new legislators while Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs has a new director, new council members and is working on a new strategic planning. What does that mean to Michigan and, in particular, funding, promotion, advocacy and artist support here at home?

 Alison Watson, Director, Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs

9:20 – 10:20 am:         Advocacy – small ‘a’ / capital ‘A’
Advocacy comes in many shapes and sizes. Whether it’s advocating among legislative officials, within the community or over coffee, everyone can play a role in raising awareness, engagement and appreciation for arts and culture. Explore tools and strategies to build ‘brand ambassadors’ and community engagement as well as advocating for policies, funding and support from local leaders, organizations and elected officials.

Ashlea Walter, Artist, Marketing Communications Specialist & Political Strategist
Jason Dake, Curator for Education, Dennos Museum Center & Michigan Museum Association Board
Alison Watson, Director, Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs

 10:20 – 10:30                                                  Break

10:30 – 11:30am

Coverage of Arts & Culture –  Tips, Tools, Timelines & Discussion
How do we do a better job ‘telling our story’ about arts and culture – individually and collectively – in northern Michigan. Join this interactive discussion with local journalists and media leaders.

Peter Payette, Executive Director, Interlochen Public Radio
Emily Tyra, Editor, MyNorth, Traverse Magazine
Lynda Twardowski Wheatley, Editor, Northern Express
Anne Stanton, Executive Director, National Writers Series (moderator)


Speed Dating for Arts & Culture
Do you think arts and culture can flourish with more collaborative thinking and action? Interlochen Public Radio does. IPR is eager to encourage artists and organizations in the region to think creatively about what we can accomplish together. In this session, IPR staff will facilitate a fast-paced opportunity to find common ground with other organizations and artists and see if 2+2 might make 5. Maybe your next great event will be conceived here!

Peter Payette, Executive Director, Interlochen Public Radio

12:15 – 1:00pm:  Lunch, Sharing, Networking, Brainstorming
Continue ‘speed dating’ and discussing. Enjoy lunch with participants and presenters. Mix it up. Meet new colleagues and renew relationships. Brainstorm. Share ideas, experiences, questions and best practices.


Afternoon Breakout Sessions
Small group presentations, interactive training and deeper dive discussions

1:00 – 2:15 pm:  Breakout Sessions (Choose one: Creating Connection 2.0 or No Margin, No Mission)

Creating Connection 2.0
Arts Midwest and Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs are leading the Creating Connection movement in Michigan, a national initiative to change social norms so creative expression, arts, and culture are embraced as a recognized, valued, and expected part of everyday life.  Research shows people value arts and culture more when it helps them connect with those they care about.  Learn to apply the Creating Connection framework while exploring a range of tools to help tell your stories.
(For those who participated in a Creating Connection introduction or workshop, new material will be presented along with updated research. Today’s 2.0 presentation shares examples and best practices that demonstrate how other organizations are successfully implementing Creating Connection methods.

Alison Watson, Executive Director, Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs


No Margin, No Mission
Funding is a constant challenge yet essential to our future. This roundtable explores various strategies to increase revenue, build relationships and leverage funding to support your programs and hear about new endeavors that could be a financial spark to start in northern Michigan.

Crowd Funding with Joe Beyer, Michigan Legacy Art Park
Fund Development Trends with Sarah Kime,
Glen Arbor Arts
Working with Community Foundations with Alison Metiva,
Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation
Loan Programs with Daniel Marbury, 
Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology
Fiscal Sponsorships for Individual Artists & Projects

MCACA Grants & Minigrants

2:20 pm:                            Lightening Round of Great Ideas & Opportunities

What’s coming up or going well? Here’s a fast-paced snapshot of ideas, opportunities and resource sharing. Do you have something to share or a call for participation – there will be an Open Mike so plan to talk. How can the network structure support you better – communication, connections, catalyst?

Artist Residencies: Best Practice Workshop 5/30 – Michigan Legacy Art Park
History Happenings – Port Oneida Call for Art, History Alliance 5/21 & 9/10,
Artists Guilds & Visual Arts Convening – Crooked Tree Arts Center
Paint Out, Fast Draw – Crooked Tree Art Center-TC
Commonspace – Crosshatch Center for Arts & Ecology
Basement Shows, TC Art Bomb & Young Artists – Nick Walsh & Tom Mair
Outdoor Sculpture Month – MLAP, Art Rapids, Oliver Arts Center, Dennos
Galleries, Art Walks & Creative Corridors
Salon de Refuse – Leelanau Campus, Old Art Building, Glen Arbor Arts
Calls for Art
NW MI Arts & Culture Network – shareable tools
Other – Open Mike Sharing