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Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Network

2019 Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Summit

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Thank you for attending the Northwest Michigan Arts & Culture Summit on May 9. Your voice added to rich, textured and important discussions on valuing the arts, our artists and our role in our communities.

Summit Survey - (Survey Monkey) - We are looking for feedback on the 2019 Summit - please share!

Data Input Form - (Google Form)  - Help us build our database! - please share your info if you did not fill out a form at the Summit -and/or- pass this form along to others who did not attend

Presentations & Resources:

Tools & Resources (PDF Handout)

Mary Gillett, NW Michigan Arts and Culture Network
Katharine Laidlaw, Vice President for Strategic Communications and Engagement, Interlochen Center for the Arts

State of the State of Arts & Culture
Alison Watson, Exective Director, Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs

“A”dvocacy / “a”dvocacy
Ashlea Walter, Artist, Marketing Specialist and Political Strategist
Jason Dake, Dennos Museum Center & Michigan Museums Association Board
Alison Watson, Exective Director, MCACA
Articulating the Case for Change - (PDF Handout) 

Pitch! Coverage of Arts & Culture
Peter Payette, Executive Director, Interlochen Public Radio
Lynda Twiardowski, Executive Editor, Northern Express
Emily Tyra, Editor, MyNorth & Traverse Magazine
Moderated by Anne Stanton, Executive Director, National Writers Series 

Speed Dating for Arts & Culture with IPR
Peter Payette, IPR - Slides (PDF)

Creating Connection 2.0
Alison Watson, MCACA - Slides (PDF)

No Margin, No Mission
Alison Metiva, Vice President, Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation
Joe Beyer, Executive Director, Michigan Legacy Art Park
Sarah Kime, Executive Director, Glen Arbor Art - Fundraising Trends - Slides (PDF) 
Daniel Marbury, Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology

Lightning Round of Great Ideas 
Open to all - opportunities & ideas at work in NW Michigan

Table with stacks of various brochures
2019 Sharing Table

2019 Summit Overview

Artists of all disciplines, arts & cultural organizations, creative businesses, community builders, planners and stakeholders are invited to participate in the Northwest Michigan Arts and Culture Summit on Thursday, May 9, at Interlochen Center for the Arts. This is the fourth annual regional summit to strengthen relationships, share resources, learn and continue building the ten-county arts and culture network. This year’s summit focuses on discussions, demos and breakouts with hands-on tools and strategies that can be easily used individually and collectively to advocate, promote, fundraise for and support the ecosystem that supports arts, culture, and our creative connections.


  • Interactive presentations, discussions & breakout sessions
  • Networking, resource sharing & one-on-one time
  • Strategies, tools and opportunities to boost advocacy, funding and promotion
  • Hands-on tools for community engagement, artist support & network building

For more information, contact Mary Gillett at or 231-883-8388

2019 Summit Flyer (PDF)

Networks Northwest always proves to be a valued resource for our local government planning efforts. No organization does a better job of convening partners, promoting collaboration, and reporting on the data than does Networks Northwest
- Ty Wessell, Leelanau County Commissioner