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Northwest Michigan Arts and Culture Summit May 23 at Interlochen

TRAVERSE CITY, MI—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;
  • Hands-on planning to map specific network goals, initiatives and action steps.

Partial speaker list includes:

  • 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,
  • Amanda Kik, Co-Director, Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology
  • Seth Bernard, Musical Artist, Earthwork Music

The cost to attend the Summit is $15 (including continental breakfast and lunch). Registration is available online at:

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The professionals at Networks Northwest help our City Council, Planning Commission, and staff make thoughtful decisions to ensure our community is sustainable and resilient for many years to come.

Mark Heydlauff, Charlevoix City Manager