We are excited to announce this year’s annual conference! Please join me in thanking Jacob Cameron, Bert Goldstein, Gene Jenneman, Jill Perney, Beth Petrik, Julie Nunn, Elaine Hendriks Smith, Valerie St. Pierre Smith and Liz Stover for their tireless efforts in ensuring this year’s conference a success. Click below for conference information, which is being updated continually.
Our next meeting will be in the lovely town of Ann Arbor, Michigan. We are being graciously hosted by University Musical Society, who has ensured a full day which will be both exciting and informative. The details are below. Please RSVP by Thursday, April 18 at 5pm so that we can get an accurate count for catering numbers.
Location: Power Center, 121 Fletcher St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Time: 10am- approximately 3:30pm
Details: An official agenda, directions, parking, etc. are forthcoming
Performance: Ragamala Dance, 11am-12pm
Michael Kondziolka and Liz Stover have arranged for our members to attend a one-hour day performance of Ragamala Dance, led by Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy, Artistic Directors. The group is acclaimed as “one of the Diaspora’s leading Bharatanatyam ensembles that seamlessly carries the South Indian classical dance form into the 21st century.” Ragamala Dance has received numerous awards and recognition and this performance will not be one to miss.
If you are interested in staying in Ann Arbor for the full evening performance of Ragamala Dance, please contact Liz Stover at UMS for additional information.
Can a single stage transcend global barriers?
Choreographers Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy use the philosophy and myth of Indian traditions to explore the interconnectedness between humans and the landscapes that shape them. Accompanied by live music, the evening builds from silent, meditative beginnings to a thrilling crescendo as the performers surrender to the beauty of the sacred earth that has been given to us to safeguard, cherish, and pass on to future generations.
Sacred Earth’s choreography, ranging from contemplative to ecstatic, brings both internal (akam) and external (puram) landscapes to life through two ephemeral visual traditions — kolam floor designs and Warli wall paintings — creating a sacred space and becoming a link between the intimate home and the vastness of the outside world. Kolams are rice flour designs made each morning by women in southern India as conscious offerings to Mother Earth. The Warli people of western India revere the land and live in perfect coexistence with nature. Using their everyday lives as inspiration, they create dynamic wall paintings that find the spiritual in the everyday.
Sacred Earth reframes the cultural specificity of the Bharatanatyam dance tradition, bringing the eloquence of the form to universal themes in order to spark a global conversation.
Where does inspiration come from? What makes an artist tick? Join us for a post-performance Q&A and get a glimpse into the lives and minds of the artists that bring creativity to the stage. Must have a ticket to this evening’s performance to attend.
Macomb Center for the Performing Arts embarks on 30th season
Clinton Township Patch
The Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in Clinton Township in Michigan has welcomed hundreds of popular performers throughout the years and served as the home stage for dozens of local groups. More
Agents for you…you…and yes, you.
June 12-13 – Traverse City, MI
Additionally, the sooner you register the better – as there are a few agencies “on the sidelines” waiting to see if they should attend pending registrations. We appreciate your consideration in attending and hope you find the conference programs interesting and impactful. We have kept conference costs at a minimum to allow for budgets of every size, starting at just $35.
Book Your Hotel: Deadline: Monday, May 28
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Michigan Venues receive $30,000 from NEA
via Art Works Grant
In an effort spearheaded by Eugene Jenneman, Director of the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City, MI, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded $30,000 to facilitate a tour of the Miami-based Cuban performing group Tiempo Libre to selected venues throuought Michigan. Collaborative partners in the initial proposal include venues in Canton, Charlotte, East Lansing, Flint, Kalamazoo, Ludington, Marquette, Roscommon, Saugatuck, Sault Ste Marie and Traverse City.
“A special thanks and congratulations goes out to Gene for his tireless efforts in paving the way for the members and venues of Michigan Presenters to receiving this generous grant. Gene’s leadership, vision and collaborative spirit has benefited our membership in so many ways and this is just one example of his significant contributions to helping arts organizations throughout Michigan.” -Bryan Jao, president, Michigan Presenters
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman has announced that the Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College is one of 788 not-for-profit national, regional, state, and local organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. The Dennos Museum Center is recommended for a $30,000 grant to facilitate a tour of the Miami based Cuban performing group Tiempo Libre to the Dennos and other venues in the state of Michigan. The 788 Art Works grants total $24.81 million and support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts.
According to Tiempo Libre’s website, tiempolibremusic.com, “The three-time Grammy-nominated Cuban music group Tiempo Libre is one the hottest young Latin bands today. Equally at home in concert halls, jazz clubs and dance venues, Tiempo Libre’s Miami-based members are true modern heirs to the rich tradition of the music of their native Cuba. Classically trained at Cuba’s premiere conservatories, today, the group is a hit in the U.S. and abroad, celebrated for its incendiary, joyful performances of timba, an irresistible, dance-inducing mix of high-voltage Latin jazz and the seductive rhythms of son.”
The Dennos Museum Center will collaborate with the Wharton Center at Michigan State University in developing this project. The Wharton Center first brought this amazing performing group to Interlochen for a public performance and the Dennos for school performances in January 2009.
Chairman Landesman said, “The arts should be a part of everyday life. Whether it’s seeing a performance, visiting a gallery, participating in an art class, or simply taking a walk around a neighborhood enhanced by public art, these grants are ensuring that across the nation, the public is able to experience how art works.”
“I was completely blown away by this group when they performed at the Dennos in 2009 for schools,” says Gene Jenneman, Director of the Dennos Museum Center, “I wanted to find a way to bring them back to Traverse City and make them accessible to smaller venues like ours around the State. This grant will allow us to get group to venues from Canton to Marquette, about ten or so in all, and in doing so the Traverse City community will benefit and the Dennos will impact the state as a whole.” The grant will support part of the performing fees for both public and school programs in each community.
The NEA received 1,624 eligible applications under the Art Workscategory for this round of funding, requesting more than $78 million in funding. For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov.
Keynote Speaker: Ken Foster
June 12-13 – Traverse City, MI
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
“Becoming the 21st Century Presenter”
With globalization, changing demographics, the rise of technology and the collapse of the 20th century economy, the culture is changing around us at an extraordinary speed. What is really happening, how does this affect presenters and how can we respond so that we sustain our organizations and lead our communities in the 21st century? In his position as the director of a contemporary arts center in San Francisco, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Ken Foster is in a position to see and experience these trends first hand. In this presentation he shares his observations and gets us thinking and talking about how we embrace the change that is happening to us.
New Member Service: Online Routing
See Opportunities | Submit Routing
Due to high demand, we now offer routing opportunities to be submitted and seen online:
Simple How To:
STEP 1: Register for the website (if not already)
STEP 2: Once logged in, you can submit routing requests to be published
STEP 3: Visit the ‘Routing‘ page for opportunities
*Note, these pages will only be visible to current members that have registered on the website. If you have difficulty in registering, please do not hesitate to contact me.
We have a new logo for Michigan Presenters! Let us know what you think. Thanks to designer Colleen Haller for her the time and effort she dedicated on behalf of this endeavor and for the executive committee for their insights!
Posted on March 27, 2012
Deadline: June 1, 2012 (Intent to Apply Form)
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Announces Guidelines for Artist Residencies Initiative
The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is accepting Intent to Apply forms for the first round of the Doris Duke Artist Residencies. The program will support at least fifty residencies for artists at dance companies, theaters, presenting organizations, and/or select service organizations.
The residencies program is part three of the Doris Duke Performing Artists Initiative, a ten-year special initiative representing a commitment of $50 million above and beyond DDCF’s ongoing commitment to jazz, theater, contemporary dance, and related interdisciplinary work.
Residencies will support attempts by exemplary artists and organizations to increase demand for jazz, theater, and contemporary dance. The program is predicated on the belief that artists and organizations, working in creative and new ways, can imagine and pilot strategies for reaching the public/communities/markets and developing demand for the performing arts. While a residency may entail creation of new work as part of its focus, residencies will not support the creation of new work or creative time for artists as their primary goal; funded projects must have developing demand for jazz, theater, and/or contemporary dance as their primary goal.
The grant program requires that artists spend a minimum of four months full-time on site at grantee organizations during an overall grant period of up to three years.
To be eligible for support, artists and organizations must have a prior history of working together and collaborate on designing the residencies.
Three types of publicly supported 501(c)(3) organizations are eligible to apply — producing organizations that have produced a significant body of work in jazz, theater, and/or contemporary dance; presenting organizations that have presented a significant body of work in jazz, theater, and/or contemporary dance; and service organizations that provide meaningful programs and activities for professional artists in jazz, theater, and/or contemporary dance. Organizations must employ professional artists (for producing and presenting organizations) and administrators, have a minimum of three years’ existence as a professional producing/presenting/service entity, and have an annual operating income of at least $300,000.
Individual applicants must have worked a minimum of three years as a professional artist.
Residencies will be awarded in five rounds between 2013 and 2017. The foundation will award a total of up to $1.5 million annually in grants of $75,000 or $150,000 for use over three years. Organizations applying for the $150,000 grants must have a minimum annual operating income of $750,000; organizations applying for $75,000 grants must have a minimum annual operating income of $300,000.
Visit the DDCF Web site for complete program guidelines, an FAQ, and application materials.
Primary Subject: Arts and Culture