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NorthSky Nonprofit Network Hosts Cultural Data Project Workshop on March 14 in Traverse City

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Arts and Cultural Nonprofits Using Data to Tell Their Story 

NorthSky Nonprofit Network will host representatives from the Philadelphia based Cultural Data Project (CDP) for a workshop with regional arts and cultural organizations on Friday, March 14, 9:30-11am at the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce.

The on-site session is one of six slated for Michigan and is focused on helping Michigan arts and cultural nonprofits view, analyze, and talk about their internal data in new and exciting ways. The CDP training sessions set the groundwork for nonprofits to use data thoughtfully and effectively, always with the goal of strengthening an organization’s ability to carry out its mission.

“Arts nonprofits regularly use stories to illustrate the impact of their work, when reporting out to a board member, making an appeal to prospective patrons, or applying for a grant,” says Jenny Snyder, Associate for the CDP, leading the organization’s work in Michigan. “Organizations often need to gather and analyze numerous data points in order for their stories to have impact. The CDP’s reporting features can help them combine their story with data to effectively communicate with stakeholders, highlight accomplishments for funders, and raise important issues with policymakers.”

Using examples from real cultural organizations, the CDP’s interactive session will demonstrate how to use data to support talking points and illustrate an organization’s impact, whether embarking on a new campaign, recruiting new board members, or advocating for support of the arts. In addition to the CDP workshop, ArtServe Michigan will provide valuable advocacy updates, tips, and resources to help arts nonprofits take action on behalf of their organization and the entire arts and cultural sector in Michigan.

Sessions will be held in Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Midland and Traverse City.  There is no fee to attend but registration is required.  Date and registration for the Traverse City workshop is:

Friday, March 14

Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce
1st Floor Conference Room
202 E Grandview Parkway, Traverse City

Register at:

Mary Gillett, regrant coordinator for the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs minigrant program through NorthSky Nonprofit Network will also be at the workshop, and can assist with MCACA minigrant questions and related support.

CDP sessions can be attended by executive directors, board members, development directors-anyone with an interest in strengthening their arts and culture nonprofit organization. Additional training opportunities are listed here:

Arts and cultural organizations can learn more about the CDP at or can contact the CDP Help Desk with any questions they might have at or 1-877-707-3282.

The mission of the Cultural Data Project is to empower the nonprofit arts and cultural sector with high-quality data and resources in order to strengthen its vitality, performance, and public impact.

NorthSky is a nonprofit program of Rotary Charities of Traverse City that assists northern Michigan nonprofit organizations strengthen their capabilities through capacity building and sustainability support. It provides a wide range of services and resources to help nonprofit organizations deliver programs effectively and efficiently. NorthSky also serves as a conduit for new resources securing state and national support and partnerships to bring technical and financial resources home to nonprofits and social enterprises in this region. As part of Rotary Charities’ mission, NorthSky also serves in leadership roles, participating and facilitating regional initiatives.

MCACA Minigrants Benefit Northern Michigan Arts & Cultural Organizations


Twelve arts & cultural groups from five counties in the greater Grand Traverse region 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 January 1 and September 30, 2014.  The organizations will share $28,500 in total funding.  The MCACA regrant program is administered locally through NorthSky Nonprofit Network in Traverse City.

Regional organizations receiving mingrant project grant awards include:

  • TBA-ISD for Art Escapes with ACT-TC ;
  • Archipelago Project for its Archipelago Summer Music Camp;
  • Art Rapids for Walk of Art;
  • Building Bridges with Music for Stop the Bullying Workshops;
  • Darcy Library of Beulah for its Off the Page Writers Series;
  • Friends of Fine Arts at Suttons Bay Schools for Art Enrichment Programs;
  • Glen Arbor Art Association for the Manitou Music Festival’s Dune Climb Family Concert;
  • Manistee Jaycees Roots on the River concert series;
  • Northport Community Arts Center for its production of Fiddler on the Roof;

Organizations receiving minigrants for professional and organizational development include:

  • Great Lakes Children’s Museum
  • ISLAND, Institute for Sustainable Living, Art & Design;
  • Michigan Legacy Art Park.

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 19 local districts.  NorthSky is administering District 10 funding for Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee and Wexford counties.

In addition to minigrant funding, MCACA awarded $519,392 to 17 large organizations in the eight county district for operational and project support, facilities and equipment improvements and arts in education.  Regional recipients by county include:

  • Benzie, $106,000:  Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts, Michigan Legacy Art Park;
  • Grand Traverse, $306,760:  Artcenter Traverse City, City Opera House, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, History Center of Traverse City, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Northwester Michigan College/Dennos Museum Center, Old Town Playhouse, Parallel 45, Inc., Traverse City Film Festival, Traverse Symphony Orchestra.
  • Leelanau, $19,500:  Leelanau Community Cultural Center, Leland Public School District
  • Manistee, $49,632:  Kaleva Norman-Dickson School District, Manistee County Community Foundation
  • Wexford, $37,500:  City of Cadillac

For questions 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 MichiganSmallBusiness & TechnologyDevelopmentCenter, servicing nonprofit organizations.

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