Category Archives: NW MI Arts Network

MCACA Grant Applications Open for FY2019 Arts Funding


Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs (MCACA) is currently accepting grant and minigrant applications for the 2019 fiscal year. Michigan nonprofit organizations, schools and municipalities are able to apply for arts and cultural projects taking place between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019. Applications for Operational Support, Project Support, Capital Improvements and Arts in Education grants are due June 1, 2018.


Applications for Minigrant Arts Projects and Minigrant Professional and Organizational Development (POD) are due August 3, 2018. Individual artists and arts administrators are able to apply for POD minigrants in addition to nonprofit organizations.

A grant workshop to review guidelines and grant writing strategies is slated for Wednesday, 4/25, 11:30-1pm in the Janis Room at NMC’s Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City. Additional workshops will be scheduled throughout the region or can be requested in small group or private meetings with the regrant coordinator.

Guidelines can be accessed online at or by contacting All grants must be submitted via e-grant at

NorthSky Nonprofit Network is the regional regranting agency for Region 2 minigrants (Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee and Wexford counties)

For questions, copies of the FY2019 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

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