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Michigan Venues receive $30,000 from NEA

May 11, 2012   //   by Michigan Presenters President   //   News  //  No Comments


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,, “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

Conference: Keynote Speaker

May 9, 2012   //   by Michigan Presenters President   //   News  //  No Comments

Keynote Speaker: Ken Foster
June 12-13 – Traverse City, MI

Keynote Speaker: Ken Foster, Executive Director
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Kenneth Foster is the Executive Director of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), a multi-disciplinary, contemporary arts center in San Francisco.  With a BA from Metropolitan State College and MA from New York University, he has worked in arts administration for nearly 30 years directing arts presenting programs at Millikin University, Penn State University and the University of Arizona, prior to coming to YBCA in 2003. Mr. Foster has been active in national arts service organizations throughout his career, including serving as Chair of the Board of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) from 2000-2003. He is a founding member of The Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium and has a particular interest in contemporary art practice in non-Western cultures. In 2007, his book: Presenting the Performing Arts; From Theory to Practice was published by APAP. In 2009 he published “Thriving in an Uncertain World; Arts Presenting and the New Realities” and has lead several workshops on this topic. In 2008, he received APAP’s prestigious Fan Taylor Distinguished Service Award for Exemplary Service to the Field of Performing Arts Presenting.

“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.

Online Routing

Apr 18, 2012   //   by Michigan Presenters President   //   News  //  No Comments

New Member Service: Online Routing
See Opportunities | Submit Routing

Due to high demand, we now offer routing opportunities to be submitted and seen online:

For those interested in sharing opportunities with other colleagues, we have now implemented a new service via our website.


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.

Midwest Arts Conference: Registration & Exhibiting Info

Apr 11, 2012   //   by Michigan Presenters President   //   News  //  No Comments
Registration & exhibiting info available; Conference staff updates
Midwest Arts Conference

Join us in Grand Rapids, Michigan!

Don’t miss our 25th annual Midwest Arts Conference this September. Connect in person and build relationships with 1,000 colleagues who share your passion for promoting and presenting live touring performing arts.

Conference registration opens May 1

Learn more about how you can participate:

Conference team updates

After more than a decade of service to Arts Midwest, Katherine Reinhardt will be leaving our organization for a new adventure in New York City. She has been an invaluable member of the Conference team and we wish her the best in her future endeavors.

We are pleased to announce that Conference Associate Megan Torkelson has been promoted to program manager and that we recently hired Caitlin Sinnett as our new administrative assistant. Please join Conference Director Angela Urbanz and the Arts Midwest staff in congratulating Megan and welcoming Caitlin.
We look forward to seeing you in Grand Rapids!

Best wishes,
The Midwest Arts Conference Team

Join us in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Wednesday, Sept. 12 - Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012
Hotel and Travel

New Logo for Michigan Presenters!

Apr 2, 2012   //   by Michigan Presenters President   //   News  //  No Comments

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!


Michigan Presenters New Logo

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Announces Guidelines for Artist Residencies Initiative

Mar 27, 2012   //   by Michigan Presenters President   //   News  //  No Comments

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Announces Guidelines for Artist Residencies Initiative

PND Philanthropy News Digest - A service of the Foundation Center
Request For Proposal
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.

Link to Complete RFP

Primary Subject: Arts and Culture

Meeting: April 16 – East Lansing, MI

Mar 7, 2012   //   by Michigan Presenters President   //   News  //  No Comments

Meeting: Monday, April 16, 2012

Wharton Center, East Lansing, MI


9:30am-10am:  breakfast / coffee and introductions

10am:  Update: John Bracey, Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs

11am:  Katie Wolf, Michigan Humanities Council

12pm:  Business Meeting & Lunch

1pm:  Michael Kondziolka, University Musical Society on NEFA

2pm:  Adjournment – Building tour for those who would like


Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs

John Bracey, Executive Director of Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs will also join us to give us the latest on what is happening in our state, nationally and with Arts Midwest. more about John

Michigan Humanities Council

Katie Wolf, Executive Director of the Michigan Humanities Council, will join us to give an overview of the Humanities Council and discuss possible ways in which Michigan Presenters can intersect as a group and/or as individual organizations. more about Katie

NEFA Grant Opportunities

Michael Kondziolka, Director of Programming at University Musical Society, Ann Arbor, has graciously agreed to host a discussion about opportunities through the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) with the National Dance Project and National Theater Pilot programs. Currently serving as advisor for the National Theater Pilot, Michael has also served as an advisor on the National Dance Project program. more about Michael

Job Posting: Development Director – Traverse City, MI

Feb 16, 2012   //   by Michigan Presenters President   //   News  //  No Comments

Development Director/Traverse City Opera House

City Opera House is seeking an accomplished, highly motivated and experienced development professional to lead City Opera House in meeting fundraising goals.  This position works with Wharton Center for Performing Arts and works in tandem with the COH Board on annual funding as well as securing corporate sponsorships, program ads, capital, endowment and grant fundraising initiatives.

Position Summary: Develops the planning and implementation of a comprehensive fund raising program for the City Opera House.  Development programs to include corporate sponsorship, annual fund campaign and special event appeals as well as assisting with capital needs and endowments.  Conducts research to identify potential organizations, individual donors and grant funding; recruits and works with the COHHA Board to organize fundraising efforts; develop proposals, promotional brochures, appeal letters and other supportive materials for solicitation purpose.  Responsible for acknowledgements, renewals, other correspondence and maintaining accurate donor records.  Experience in researching grant opportunities and the ability to write and submit grant proposals.

Candidate must possess; excellent written and oral skills, computer literacy and experience with database programs, three-five years of fundraising experience and knowledge of the performing arts.  Applications should include cover letter and resume and be submitted electronically to  by Monday, March 12, 2012.

Position posting link to COH Website

A little fun (yet fake) and brilliant advertising

Feb 10, 2012   //   by Michigan Presenters President   //   News  //  No Comments

Definitely out of the box thinking.  Courtesy of Matt Kapler.





BREAKING: Gov. Snyder Recommends $6.15 Million for MCACA

Feb 10, 2012   //   by Michigan Presenters President   //   News  //  No Comments

courtesy of: ArtServe Michigan 
BREAKING: Gov. Snyder Recommends $6.15 Million for MCACA

The recommendation represents an investment of $5 million in state General Fund / General Purpose dollars and $1.15 million in federal dollars from the National Endowment for the Arts. Overall, the recommendation means an increase of $3,582,600 from FY12 to FY13 — nearly quadrupling the state’s investment in arts and culture.

The Governor explains, “This increased funding will help enhance the ‘Quality of Place’ for local communities in Michigan through increased investments in arts and cultural programs.” This recommendation and comment affirm his earlier commitment to increase support for the MCACA as he clearly recognizes the importance of arts and culture to Michigan’s economy, communities and citizens.

It’s amazing to think of how far we’ve come together in the last three years. It is almost three years ago, to the day, that then-Governor Granholm recommended the elimination of the MCACA. The increase represented in today’s budget is no doubt a result of the impact, hard work and dedication of every arts and cultural organization, artist and advocate in Michigan.


Today’s increase certainly validates the work ArtServe has been doing behind the scenes with legislators and administration officials, while conducting the research needed to help make the case for the impact of arts and culture.

Your support will help ensure that ArtServe is able to continue its work to make the case for arts and culture and keep us at decision-making tables in Lansing.

While we should all take a moment to celebrate this news, our work is not yet done. As you know, this is just the first step in the budget process as each house will now review the Governor’s budget and provide their respective recommendations. Know that ArtServe will keep you up to speed as we progress through the budget process.

As always, if you have any questions or comments please feel free to email ArtServe Michigan’s Director of Public Policy Mike Latvis at or call him directly at 248-379-5897.


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