Arts & Culture Resources
Americans for the Arts
Up-to-date reports, data, and tools demonstrating the economic, social, and educational benefits of the arts. Resources are intended to be help advance the arts on a local and regional level. Americans for the Arts is a national nonprofit organization that works to advance the arts and arts education on a local, regional, and national level.
A Framework for Arts & Culture in Northwest Michigan
Information that can serve as a compilation of best practices to help local decisionmakers and stakeholders who would like to address the issues identified in the Framework to meet their communities’ arts and cultural needs.
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
The state's marketing arm and lead advocate for economic growth across all sectors. The MEDC offers business assistance services and funding programs for business attraction and acceleration, entrepreneurship, strategic partnerships, talent enhancement, and urban and community development.
Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs
A statewide agency dedicated to helping communities cultivate artistic, creative, and cultural activity. The MCACA coordinates grants to nonprofit organizations, schools, and municipalities that provide support for the operation of arts and cultural organizations, art projects, capital improvement, arts education residencies, and projects or collaborations focused on retaining and engaging young people through arts and culture.
The Michigan Cultural Data Project
An online database that collects information from arts and cultural organizations and disseminates comprehensive data that helps organizations improve their financial and operational capacity; educates researchers, policymakers, and advocates; and helps funders more effectively plan grantmaking activities.
Northsky Nonprofit Network
Northsky services nonprofits, governments, and social enterprises in all ten counties with professional development learning opportunities, organizational counseling, consulting services, and other educational resources. Northsky’s online resource center offers an extensive amount of free materials to help organizations become more effective and efficient.
A 10-county public agency providing workforce development, economic development, and regional planning services in Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, and Wexford counties.
Nonprofit Needs Assessment for Northwest Michigan
A needs assessment was developed in 2013-2014 to identify challenges for nonprofit organizations in the ten-county Northwest Michigan region, relative to resources, capacity, leadership, revenue, and other issues. The report identifies potential opportunities for addressing challenges experienced by the region's nonprofits in order to better adapt to changing trends and complex communitiy issues.
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 NorthwestTy Wessell, Leelanau County Commissioner