Amy Stein-Hansen
Ashlee Cowles
Carol Murray Jewelry
Cindy McSurely
Deborah Crandell
Diane Frederick
Elizabeth Calcutt
Greta Bolger
Heather Harris-Brady
Helen Grove
Holly Polich
Ian Jones
Jim Young
Joe Thatcher Thatcher
Judy Zorn
Julie Avery
Kristi Wodek
Laura Quackenbush
Laurie Sears
Leslie Donaldson
Linda Gits
Lora Frankel
Lisa Ventimiglio
Marcia Conlon
Mark Bowyer
Mary Dye
Megan Holtrey
Melanie Olsen
Melissa Johnson
Mercedes Michalowski
Molly Thompson
Helen Raica-Klotz
Raizel Coiman
Renee Hintz
Sharon Hubbard
Sharon Mick McAuley
Tamara Hoffbauer
Tami Maisel
Terry Beamsley
Ginny Hawkins
Walter J. Lee
William Lindemann
Yvonne Sage

NW MI Arts & Culture Network

Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Summit 5/9 at Interlochen

Artists of all disciplines, arts & cultural organizations, creative businesses, community builders, planners and stakeholders are invited to participate in the 4th Annual 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.

The event runs 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Interlochen’s Mallory-Towsley Center for Arts Leadership. Registration, networking and continental breakfast starts at 8:15am.


•        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 with Interlochen Public Radio

•        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 & sharing at work in NW Michigan

•        Speakers (partial list):

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

o      Peter Payette, Executive Director, Interlochen Public Radio

o      Emily Tyra, Editor, MyNorth & Traverse Magazine

o      Lynda Twiardowski, Executive Editor, Northern Express

o      Ashlea Walter, Artist, Marketing Specialist and Political Strategist

o      Jason Dake, Dennos Museum Center & Michigan Museums Association Board

o      And more ….

Cost to attend the Summit is $15 (including continental breakfast and lunch). Registration is available online at: nwm.org/artsummit or www.nwmiarts.org.

For more information, contact Mary Gillett, Network Convener, at mgillett03@gmail.com or 231-883-8388.

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PO Box 1859
Traverse City, MI

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

Michigan Museums Associations Scholarships & Conference


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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