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

MCACA minigrant workshops coming up:

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  • 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 mcaca.egrant.net. No charge or registration required. Questions/info – contact mgillett03@gmail.com.

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: nwm.org/artsummit. For more information, contact Mary Gillett at mgillett03@gmail.com 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 mgillett03@gmail.com.

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 mgillett03@gmail.com 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

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MCACA Minigrant Funding Available for NW Michigan, Deadline 1/15/2017

TRAVERSE CITY — Limited funding is available through Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs minigrant program for artists and organiMCACA LOGO smallzations in Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee and Wexford counties. Deadline for applications in January 15, 2017 at mcaca.egrant.net.

Round 2 applications are being accepted through January 15, 2017 for Minigrant Arts Projects (up to $4,000) and Minigrant Professional and Organizational Development (POD) activities (up to $1,500). All minigrant projects and POD training must be completed between February 1 and September 30, 2017. Project applicants may include arts and cultural or community organizations, schools and municipalities. POD grants are open to artists, arts administrators and arts and cultural organizations.

All applications must be submitted by e-grant at mcaca.egrant.net.  Guidelines are available here, on the NorthSky Nonprofit Network website or by contacting regrant coordinator Mary Bevans Gillett at mgillett03@gmail.com.  Technical assistance is also available. Those selected for funding will be notified by February 1.

Minigrants are funded by the State of Michigan through the Michigan Arts and Cultural Affairs and administered through 10 regrant regions.  NorthSky Nonprofit Network is the regranting agency for Region 2. (Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee and Wexford counties.)

For questions, guidelines, technical assistance or to be added to the contact list for minigrants, the regional arts network and other arts related opportunities, please contact Mary Bevans Gillett, regrant coordinator, at 231-883-8388 or mgillett03@gmail.com.

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.

FY17 Minigrants Benefit 11 Local Arts & Cultural Organizations

MCACA LOGO smallEleven 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, 2016 and September 30, 2017.  The organizations will share $30,575 in total funding.  An additional $6,925 in minigrants will be awarded in February 2017, for a total of $37,500 in minigrant support. Minigrant applications for Round 2 are available online at mcaca.egrant.net and due January 15, 2017. The MCACA regrant program is administered locally through NorthSky Nonprofit Network in Traverse City.

Regional organizations receiving minigrant project grant awards include:

  • Arts for All of Northern Michigan for its Access Arts program (Grand Traverse)
  • Art Rapids for its Walk of Art (Antrim)
  • Bellaire Youth Initiative for its Youth Arts and Dance Enrichment program (Antrim)
  • Cherry Capital Men’s Chorus for its Celebrating Our Past/Celebrating the Future Concerts (Grand Traverse)
  • Communities in Schools in Northwest Michigan for Theatre Programs at Mancelona Schools (Antrim)
  • Darcy Library of Beulah for its Off the Page Writers Series (Benzie)
  • Leelanau Music Festival for its Chamber Music Series (Leelanau)
  • Mancelona Public Schools for its Jazz Enrichment Project (Antrim)

Organizations receiving minigrants for professional and organizational development include:

  • Crosshatch Center for Art & Design (Antrim)
  • Great Lakes Children’s Museum (Leelanau)
  • Michigan Legacy Art Park (Benzie)

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.  NorthSky is administering Region 2 funding for Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee and Wexford counties. NEA LOGO small

In addition to minigrant funding, MCACA awarded $677,522 to 29 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, $35,267: Bellaire Elementary School, Crosshatch Center for Art & Design, Mancelona Public Schools;
  • Benzie, $108,500:  Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts, Michigan Legacy Art Park;
  • Charlevoix, $37,399:  Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association, Charlevoix Circle of Arts, Raven Hill Discovery Center, Boyne Falls Public Schools;
  • Emmet, $89,150:    Bay View Music Festival, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, Voices Without Borders;
  • Grand Traverse, $365,956: Building Bridges with Music, 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, Inc., Rotary Charities of Traverse City (for Regrant/Minigrants), The Music House Museum, Traverse Symphony Orchestra, National Writers Series of Traverse City;
  • Leelanau, $82,500:  Glen Arbor Arts Association, Leelanau Community Cultural Center;
  • Manistee, $21,000: Historic Vogue Theatre;
  • Wexford, $8,750: City of Cadillac.

A listing of all MCACA grant recipients is available on the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs website at: http://www.michiganbusiness.org/cm/Files/MCACA/2017_Funding_Plan_County.pdf?rnd=1473545655809

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 mgillett03@gmail.com.

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 NorthSky Nonprofit Network Logomission 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 organizations.