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Valuing Arts, Culture & Our Creative Connections

Artists, organizations, businesses, and others in the creative sector are invited to participate in the Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Summit Wednesday, May 9, at Interlochen Center for the Arts. This is the third annual regional summit to strengthen relationships, build value for the arts, support cultural economic development & continue building the ten-county arts and culture network. Panel discussions and breakout sessions will focus on supporting regional artists, advocacy, community engagement, cultural tourism, hands-on tools & strategies, funding, and strengthening support for arts, culture, and creative connections.


Cost: $15 (includes lunch)
Click here to register

Draft Schedule

MAY 9, 2018
8:15 am:  Registration, continental breakfast, sharing tables

Join us for informal networking to kick off the day. Please add your PR materials to the sharing tables.
Please add your name to an interest area and share names of others to share network news with.

8:55 am:  Morning Music

9:00 am:  Welcome & Summit Springboard

Morning Spotlight Sessions
Presentations, facilitated panels & audience discussions

9:15 am:  Celebrating Value: Advocating for Arts & Culture: Locally, Legislatively & Individually

Sarah Triplett, Director of Public Policy & Advocacy, Creative Many Michigan
Alison Watson, Programs Manager, Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs
Kim Schneider, Journalist, Travel Writer and Author
David Dempsey, Author, Environmental Advocate, FLOW Senior Advisor
Kent Wood, Director of Government Relations, Regional Chamber Alliance & Creative Chambers

10:45am:   Sustaining Artists: How Arts Organizations & Community Groups Can Help

Richard Kooyman, Artist, Richard Kooyman Studio & The Provincial (facilitator)
Sarah Bearup-Neal, Artist & Gallery Manager, Glen Arbor Arts Center
Megan Hildebrandt, Artist & Instructor, Interlochen Center for the Arts
Dan Lisuk, Artist & President, Leelanau Community Cultural Center
Teresa Scollon, Poet, Writer and Instructor, TBAISD Front Street Writers

Noon:  Artistic Interlude (TBA)

12:15 - 1:00pm:  Lunch, Sharing, Networking, Brainstorming 
Enjoy lunch with participants & presenters. Mix it up. Meet new colleagues and renew relationships.  Brainstorm.  Share ideas, experiences, questions & best practices.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions
Small group presentations, interactive training & deeper dive discussions

1:00 pm:  Breakout Sessions – Session 1 (Choose one)

1A:  Artist Discussion Deeper Dive, Facilitated by Richard Kooyman
1B:  Telling Your Story: Tips, Tools & Tourism, Presented by Kim Schneider, Travel Writer & Author

1:55 pm:  Breakout Sessions – Session 2 (Choose one)

2A:  Hands-on Advocacy: Toolbox & Role Playing, with Dave Dempsey & Sarah Triplett
2B: Creative Connections: Building Capacity via Public Will Building, with Alison Watson, MCACA

2:45 pm:  Review & Recap: “Coffee Table” Conversation

3:15 pm:  Next steps, networking

3:30 pm:  Adjourn


Agenda Questions:
Mary Gillett
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Registration Questions:
Elizabeth Calcutt
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- Ty Wessell, Leelanau County Commissioner