MCACA ‘POD’ Minigrant Deadline 1/15

MCACA Professional & Organizational Development ‘POD” Minigrant Applications Open thru 1/15
Organizations and individual artists in NW Michigan can apply for up to $1,500 in funding to support training, conference attendance, strategic planning, capacity building or other professional and/or organizational development activities in 2018. Applications are open at
Guidelines are available at:
Please note this opportunity is for POD Minigrants only. There are no Minigrant Project applications being accepted for Round 2. The next Minigrant Project funding period will be for Fiscal 2019 with guidelines and deadlines announced in Spring 2018, but anticipated to be June 1 for large MCACA grants and 8/3 for Minigrant Projects and POD grnats.
Deadline is 1/15/2018. Funds can be used between 3/1 & 9/30/2018. Grantees will be notifed by early February. For questions or a guidelines pdf, contact

FY18 Minigrants Benefit 13 NW MI Arts & Cultural Organizations – 29 More Benefit from MCACA Grants

Rotary Charities/Northsky Nonprofit Network Administers Region 2 Regrant Funds
MCACA LOGO small TRAVERSE CITY — Thirteen arts & cultural groups in northwest Michigan have been approved for minigrant funds through the Michigan Council for the Arts & Cultural Affairs (MCACA) Regranting Program for local projects and professional development planned between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018.  The organizations will share $32,775 in total funding.  An additional $4,725 will be awarded in February 2018, for a total of $37,500 in minigrant support. The MCACA regrant program is administered locally through NorthSky Nonprofit Network in Traverse City.

Regional organizations receiving minigrant project grant awards include:

  • Archipelago Project for Traverse City Youth Chamber Music Camp and Concerts (Grand Traverse)
  • Arts for All of Northern Michigan for its Access Arts program (Grand Traverse)
  • Cherry Capital Men’s Chorus for its Building a Future with Harmony Concerts (Grand Traverse)
  • Encore Winds for its 2017-2018 Concert Season: The Spirit of Music (Grand Traverse)
  • Grand Traverse Pavilions for it Summer Outdoor Concert Series (Grand Traverse)
  • Harbor Spring Festival of the Books for its 2017-2018 Festivals (Emmet)
  • Holy Rosary Church for the Leelanau Chamber Music Festival (Leelanau)
  • Little Traverse Choral Society for its 2018 Spring Concert: Seasons of Love, Laughter, Life (Emmet)
  • Mancelona Public Schools for its Jazz Enrichment Project (Antrim)
  • Manistee Civic Players for its 2017-2018 Season (Manistee)
  • Missaukee District Library for its Artists at the Library Youth Enrichment Program (Missaukee)

Organizations receiving minigrants for professional and organizational development include:

  • Great Lakes Children’s Museum (Leelanau)
  • Old Town Playhouse (Grand Traverse)

Applications for Round 2 professional and organizational development (POD) minigrants are available online at and due January 15, 2017 (no project minigrants are available in Round 2).

MCACA regranting goals are to address arts & cultural needs, increase public access to arts and culture, build capacity and support projects that preserve, produce or present traditional or contemporary arts and culture.   The grants are funded by the State of Michigan through the Michigan Arts and Cultural Affairs and administered through 10 regional districts.  Rotary Charities/NorthSky is administering Region 2 funding for Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee and Wexford counties.

In addition to minigrant funding, MCACA awarded $786,381 to 28 organizations in the ten-county region for operational and project support, facilities and equipment improvements and arts in education residencies.  Regional recipients by county include:

  • Antrim, $30,250: Crosshatch Center for Art & Design, Mancelona Public Schools;
  • Benzie, $37,500:  Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts, Michigan Legacy Art Park;
  • Charlevoix, $35,500:  Charlevoix Circle of Arts, Charlevoix Historical Society, Raven Hill Discovery Center;
  • Emmet, $159,500:    Bay View Music Festival, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, Great Lakes Center for the Arts; Mackinaw City Area Arts

     Council, Petoskey Public Schools;

  • Grand Traverse, $463,891: Blackbird Arts, City Opera House, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Northwestern Michigan College/Dennos Museum Center, Old Town Playhouse, Parallel 45, Rotary Charities of Traverse City (for Regrant/Minigrants), The Music House Museum, Traverse City Film Festival, Traverse Symphony Orchestra, National Writers Series of Traverse City;

  • Leelanau, $32,500:  Glen Arbor Arts Association, Leelanau Community Cultural Center;
  • Manistee, $27,240: Historic Vogue Theatre;

A listing of all MCACA grant recipients is available on the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs website at:



For questions about MCACA minigrants, Round 2 applications or notification of future arts funding information, please contact Mary Bevans Gillett, regrant coordinator, at 231-883-8388 or

NorthSky Nonprofit Network is a program of Rotary Charities and supports the work of the nonprofit sector through advocacy, capacity building, and sustainability support. Its mission is to build strong communities by helping nonprofit organizations achieve and sustain excellence. NorthSky is an official satellite office of the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center, servicing nonprofit org


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Minigrant Workshop Coming up in TC, Cadillac, Manistee, Little Traverse

MCACA minigrant workshops coming up:


  • Thursday, 6/29 10-11:30 am at TC Chamber of Commerce
  • Monday, 7/10, Noon-1:30 pm at Cadillac Wexford Public Library
  • Monday, 7/17, 3-4:30 pm at Jordan River Art Council, East Jordan
  • Monday, 7/24, Noon-1:30 pm at Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts, Manistee

Arts organizations, nonprofits, schools and governments can apply for arts project minigrants up to $4,000; artists, administrators and arts organizations can apply for professional & organizational (POD) minigrants up to $1,500.

Deadline is August 3 via No charge or registration required. Questions/info – contact

Rotary Charities/NorthSky Nonprofit Network is the regional regrant agency for Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs Region 2 (Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Kalkaska, Manistee, Missaukee & Wexford County). Please join us & share!

NW Michigan Arts & Culture Summit 5/23 at Interlochen

Artists, organizations, businesses, and others in the creative sector are invited to participate in the Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Summit May 23 at the Interlochen Center for the Arts. This is the second annual regional summit to strengthen relationships, support cultural economic development & continue building the ten county arts and culture network. Sessions will focus on cultural tourism & community engagement, hands-on tools & strategies, & creating a ‘next steps’ road map with priorities, goals & champions to take us forward. The event will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Interlochen’s Mallory-Towsley Center for Arts Leadership.

The Summit will include:

•        Presentations & interactive discussions with community builders, tourism professionals, arts leaders and participants on cultural tourism, community engagement, best practices and strategies to build the creative sector – locally and regionally;

•        Strategies, tools and opportunities to help ‘tell our story’ – individually and collectively;

•        Artist presentations and panel addressing issues and opportunities for professional artists;

•        Hands-on planning to map specific network goals, initiatives and action steps.

Partial speaker list includes, among others:

•        Trevor Tkach, CEO/President, Traverse Tourism

•        Brian Lawson,  Director of Public Relations, Crystal Mountain

•        Bill Palladino, Taste the Local Difference & Food & Farming Network

•        Susan Wenzlick, Writer, Consultant & Placemaking Specialist, OrdinaryVirtues.

•        Amanda Kik, Co-Director, Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology

•        Seth Bernard, Musical Artist, Earthwork Music

•        Shanney Brooke, Higher Art Gallery

•        Richard Kooyman, Richard Kooyman Studio

Cost to attend the Summit is $15 (including continental breakfast and lunch). Registration is available online at: For more information, contact Mary Gillett at or 231-883-8388.

The 2nd annual Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Summit is supported in part from a Rotary Charities seed grant.

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International Sculpture Day was April 25.  Let’s make any day a great time to enjoy public art dotting our Northern Michigan map. Need ideas? Check out Michigan Legacy Art Park in Thompsonville, Art Rapids! Walk of Art in Elk Rapids, Northwestern Michigan College, Interlochen Center for the Arts, City of Traverse City and communities throughout the region.

Mark Dates – NW MI Arts 4/25, MCACA 5/4, Summit 5/23

Mark calendars for upcoming arts presentations and gatherings:

  • NW Michigan Regional Arts Gathering, 4-5:30pm, Tuesday, 4/25 at Crooked Tree Arts Center – Traverse City (322 Sixth St., Traverse City). Join artists, organizations and creatives to discuss next steps in building the NW Michigan Arts & Culture Network.
  • MCACA Region 2 Grant Workshop, 5/4, 11:30am-1:30pm at Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce (202 E. Grandview Parkway, Traverse City. Information and assistance regarding te MCACA grants and minigrants available for FY2018.
  • Save the Date – 2nd Annual NW Michigan Regional Arts Summit, May 23 at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

For more information, contact Mary Gillett at

Join Us! NW MI Arts Network Hosts 8 April Gatherings

Artists, performers, advocates, organizations, and others in the creative sector are invited to participate in one of eight community sessions hosted by the Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network throughout the region during April. Collaborating with local partners in each county, sessions are planned as community conversations to seek feedback on next steps in building the network and advocating for arts and culture throughout northwest Michigan. All are open to interested attendees at no charge.

All gatherings will include networking and refreshments as well as facilitated discussions to gather local input on how the network support artists, organizations, communities and the creative economy in each of five key identified areas:

  • Connecting: Opportunities to know, connect, collaborate & network with each other
  • Learning: Professional development/educational opportunities for organizations, disciplines and individuals. Sharing information for continued learning and access to resources.
  • Promoting: Ability to cross promote and collaborate on PR/marketing/communications for greater reach and efficacy.
  • Strengthening/Increasing Access to Funding: Developing strategies for greater business support, community partnerships, cultural economic development and funding opportunities.
  • Advocating: Opportunities to advocate for funding/support for arts, culture and arts education via local, state and Federal governments and related entities.

Results and insights will be compiled and used at the 2nd Annual Regional Arts Summit slated for May 23 at Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Sessions are planned on the following dates, times and locations. All are open to to interested attendees at no charge. For more information or to get involved, contact Network Co-convener Mary Gillett at or 231-883-8388.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 – 3-4:30pm
Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts

132 Coast Guard Road, Frankfort, MI 49635

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 – 4-5:30pm
Twisted Fish Gallery (hosted by Art Rapids!)

10443 S Bay Shore Drive, Elk Rapids, MI 49629

Thursday, April 6, 2017 – 4:30-6pm
Big Boy Restaurant/Back Room (hosted by Up North Arts)

1310 S. Mitchell Street, Cadillac, MI 49601

Monday, April 10, 2017 – 11:30am-1pm
Old Town Playhouse

148 East Eight Street, Traverse City, MI 49684
(immediately following MCACA grant workshop, 9-11:30am)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 – Noon-1:30pm
Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts

101 Maple Street, Manistee, MI 49660
(Enter through First St. entrance, go downstairs to classroom)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 – 6-7:30pm
Higher Art Gallery

126 South Union Street, Traverse City, MI 49684

Thursday, April 20, 2017 – 5:30am-7pm
Charlevoix Circle of Arts

109 Clinton St, Charlevoix, MI 49720

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 – 4-5:30pm
Crooked Tree Arts Center – Traverse City

322 Sixth Street, Traverse City, MI 49684