The Field Report - March 2019

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The Field Report is a monthly newsletter highlighting current trends in arts and culture, MCACA staff and board features, and other info of interest to our statewide clients.

March 2019

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MCACA FY20 Grant Workshop and Discussion Group Sessions

MCACA will be conducting free informational workshops on FY20 grant guidelines and the application process for potential applicants throughout the state in March and April in anticipation of the June 1, 2019 deadline. Workshop attendance is not required for grant applicants; however, updated guidelines and application process changes will be reviewed at each meeting, so attendance is encouraged. Pre-registration or RSVPs are not required.

MCACA Grant Workshop Schedule

  • March 19 – Ironwood (9-12pm) Ironwood Theatre, 113 E Aurora St, Ironwood, MI 49938
  • March 20 – Marquette  (9-12pm) Marquette Arts And Culture Center, 217 N Front St, Marquette, MI 49855
  • March 21 – Sault St. Marie (2-5pm) Lake Superior State University Art Center, Circle Dr, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
  • April 1 – Detroit (10 – 1pm) Detroit Historical Society, 5401 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
  • April 2 – St. Joseph (10 – 1pm) Krasl Art Center, 707 Lake Blvd, St Joseph, MI 49085
  • April 3 – Lansing (10 – 1pm) Michigan Economic Development Corp, 300 N Washington Sq, Lansing, MI 48913 (Click here for instructions to join this meeting online)
  • April 8 – Alpena (9 – 12pm) Art in the Loft, 109 N 2nd Ave # 300, Alpena, MI 49707
  • April 9 – Manistee (9-12pm) Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts, 101 Maple St, Manistee, MI 49660

MCACA also invites you to take part in a small discussion group at one of the 15 locations listed below.  These gatherings will provide an opportunity for you to meet the new Director of the Council and to have your voice and your views heard as the Council plans for the next five years.  We would like to know what you see as the role of the Council, what opportunities the Council should be aware of and how the Council might address those opportunities.  The discussion should last no longer than two hours.

MCACA Discussion Groups

  • March 19, 1 – 3 pm:  Ironwood Theatre, 113 E. Aurora St., Ironwood                
  • March 20, 1 – 3 pm:  Marquette Arts and Culture Center, 217 N. Front St., Marquette               
  • March 21, 6 – 8 pm:  1668 Winery and Lockside Brewery, 100 W. Portage Ave., Sault Ste. Marie
  • April 8, 1 – 3 pm:  Art in the Loft, 109 N. 2nd Ave., #300, Alpena                
  • April 9, 1 – 3 pm:  Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts, 101 Maple St., Manistee              
  • April 11, 10 am – noon:  MICA Gallery, 1210 Turner Rd., Lansing                
  • April 12, 3 – 5 pm:  Holland Area Arts Council, 150 E. 8th St., Holland                
  • April 16, 2 – 4 pm:  Anton Art Center, 125 Macomb Pl., Mt. Clemens              
  • April 18, 2 – 4 pm:  Greater Flint Arts Council, 816 Saginaw St., Flint              
  • April 19, 10 am – noon:  Saginaw Arts & Enrichment Commission, 120 Ezra Rust, Saginaw              
  • April 22, 1 – 3 pm:  LowellArts!, 223 W. Main St., Lowell                
  • April 23, 10 am – noon:  Boll Family Y, Small Auditorium, 1401 Broadway St., Detroit                
  • April 23, 2 – 4 pm:  NEW Center, 1100 N. Main St., Ann Arbor                
  • April 24, 5 – 7 pm:  Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo             
  • April 30, 10 am – noon:  Huron Area Tech Center, 1160 S. VanDyke, Bad Axe

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Poetry Out Loud Announces State Champion

Tajah-Rayne Davise from Calumet High School has been named the 2019 Poetry Out Loud State Champion for Michigan after completing three rounds of the annual recitation competition at the Lansing Crowne Plaza on Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2. Davise took top honors among 33 of her peers, reciting Love (III) by George Herbert in the final round. First runner-up is David DeBacker of Detroit Catholic Central High School, second runner-up is Grace Garver of Petoskey High School, and third runner-up is Soja Kureekkattil, of Rochester High School.

Now in its fourteenth year in the state, Michigan’s Poetry Out Loud program is coordinated by Michigan Humanities through a partnership with the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

“Each year, students arrive at the State Finals with extraordinary energy and passion for poetry, and we have the pleasure of seeing them showcase their recitation skills,” said Shelly Hendrick Kasprzycki, Michigan Humanities President and CEO. “Each student should be so proud of the hard work and courage that they have displayed; we are so impressed by this year’s competitors,” she continued.

Read the full story here.

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Storytelling within Community Webinar

Creating Connection is a national movement to make arts and culture a recognized, valued, and expected part of everyday life. It builds on previous efforts to promote the arts and culture, but is grounded in new research and a unique approach to building public will  that creates change that stands the test of time.

They are now sharing what the initiative has learned with organizations and leaders across the country -- including a partnership with MCACA here in Michigan - offering presentations, in-depth training programs, workshops, and technical assistance that can help you understand and apply these new strategies, messages, and tactics to your work. 

Register today for the March 13 webinar where staff from MCACA & Mixed Blood Theatre will share how they are using storytelling to elevate community voices, address health disparities, celebrate everyday creativity.

And MCACA has partnered with Long Haul Productions to put the Creating Connection ideology to work in our state by rolling out the first round of stories of individuals whose lives have been impacted by the arts.  Find those in-depth stories on our website, here.

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National Parks Service Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program

The Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program (HRSP) is a new Historic Preservation Fund grant program created in fiscal year 2018 that supports the rehabilitation of historic properties and fosters economic development of rural communities. This program funds physical preservation projects for historic sites, including architectural and engineering services through subgrants to communities determined rural by the US Bureau of the Census.

Eligible properties must be listed in the National Register of Historic Places or determined eligible for listing at the National, State, or local level of significance and located within rural (non-urban) communities with populations less than 50,000. States, Tribes, Certified Local Governments, and non-profits will apply for funding that will in turn be subgranted to rural communities in their jurisdictions.

Applications are being accepted through April 1, 2019.  Find more info by clicking here

NEA Musical Theatre Challenge

NEA Musical Songwriting Challenge

The next round of the Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge for high school students is now underway and accepting applications!

In case you haven’t heard, the Songwriting Challenge is a national songwriting competition open to high school students who have a passion for writing songs of any musical style that could be part of a musical theater production. This year’s competition follows a successful inaugural year in 2018 that featured finalists from across the country (and a WINNER from Macomb, Michigan)! For this second year, the Songwriting Challenge will again pair six finalist songwriters (either single songwriters or duos) with professional musical theater artists to develop the students’ original song into a Broadway-stage-ready composition. 

For additional guidelines, timing, and details please visit our application portal. Students can also find additional video resources to watch and utilize as inspiration when applying.

Click here for more information on how to apply!

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