Thursday, May 17, 2012

May 2012 Quarterly Update from ArtServe Michigan @artservemi
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  May 2012 - Quarterly Update

MCACA Budget: Senate & House Adopt Gov. Snyder's Budget Recommendation

Over the past two months, ArtServe has worked to ensure the adoption of Governor Rick Snyder's Executive Budget Recommendation to appropriate $6.15 million to the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). In addition to working with legislators and other key figures behind the scenes, ArtServe has testified before Appropriations Subcommittees in each house in support of the Governor's recommended budget increase for arts funding in Michigan.

As of last week, the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives have both passed bills adopting Governor Rick Snyder's recommendation of $6.15 million for the MCACA in Fiscal Year 2013.

The MCACA's budget, which is within the General Government Budget, will now go to Conference Committee as the legislature irons out any differences. ArtServe is told that the Legislature is aiming to complete the entire state budget by the end of May. Know that ArtServe will continue to monitor the budget process as it continues through the final phases and keep you up to date.

AMPLIFY Gala for Excellence in Arts Education

On May 10th, ArtServe Michigan partnered with Michigan Youth Arts to kick off the 50th Anniversary of the Michigan Youth Arts Festival (MYAF) in Kalamazoo. The gala benefited the two organizations and was followed by the Welcoming Celebration in Western Michigan University's packed Miller Auditorium where ArtServe Board Chair Randy Paschke and President and CEO Jennifer Goulet presented the Arts Legacy Award to MYA Board Chair Daniel Steele and Executive Director Kim Dabbs honoring the Festival's landmark event.


The AMPLIFY gala and Welcoming Celebration was an inspiration with the rich array of student performances in dance, film, instrumental and vocal music, and theater which reinforced our shared mission to advocate relentlessly for the importance of arts education for all Michigan children. Inspiration Awards were presented to Regina Carter (instrumental music), George Shirley (vocal music), Garth Fagan (dance), Hopwood Dupree (film), Carl Magnusson (visual art and design), and Tracy K. Smith (literary arts). An amazing premiere multimedia performance of Strung with Glory composed by Mischa Zupko and celebrating youth arts and creativity was debuted and performed by 200 Michigan students.




DONATE TODAY! Your Contribution Plays a Vital Role

Your financial contributions are critical in helping us sustain and strengthen our work to preserve the creative industries, which contribute nearly ½ a billion dollars in revenue to the state's economy annually, creating the kind of resilient, vivacious communities needed for Michigan's future. While foundation support is strong and individuals have given each year, there is still more to do.


Tax-deductible investments of any amount reinforce our statewide advocacy, programs and support for arts and cultural organizations and artists. Add your voice today to the growing number of people who recognize the arts and culture as vibrant, essential elements of life in Michigan.


ArtServe Michigan is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible, and ArtServe offers several easy ways to donate, including a variety of Pledge and Giving Opportunities.


Your donation at any level directly supports vital work to make the arts, culture and arts education part of Michigan's revitalization and growth.  Donate online today! 



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Do you have a copy of Creative State Michigan, ArtServe's first report on the social and economic impact of the arts statewide? While you can download and print a copy from the website on 11 x 17 paper anytime, for a contribution you can also have professionally printed copies. It's a great tool for board meetings and presentations. Contact Jennifer Hill, ArtServe's Director of Special Projects for more info at or (248) 912-0760 x3#.
Community Supported Art (CSA)

Community Supported Art is an exciting new model of investment that supports artists in the creation of new work, while establishing relationships with local collectors and patrons. Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture has become a popular way for consumers to buy seasonal food directly from neighboring farms. Community Supported Art is a similar endeavor, with the same buy-local spirit in mind, to support local art, artists and collectors. Artists are selected by a jury drawn from the area's art and food community to receive a stipend of $1,000, great connections to local collectors and promotional support. This local project is modeled on the successful CSA program in Minneapolis/St. Paul - created by and Springboard for the Arts and supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.  


The first pick up event is being planned for June 1, in partnership with MOCAD -  A limited number of shares are still available! 

  • Click here - To learn more about our inaugural season of artists
  • Click here - To learn more about becoming a shareholder 
  • Click here - To purchase a share today!


ArtServe Leads Advocates in DC Congressional Meetings

Last month, ArtServe's Director of Public Policy Mike Latvis and 18 other Michigan arts advocates joined others from around the country in Washington DC for Americans for the Arts Advocacy Day.

In addition to a day full of issue-training and other related workshops, our group met with 12 members of Michigan's Congressional delegation. In each meeting we stressed the importance of the arts, culture and arts education to Michigan's economy, communities and its citizens.

To learn more about Americans for the Arts Advocacy Day please visit


Creative Many Professional Practice Seminars

CMPPS has just come off the road after ArtServe's second "Planning for Success" in-depth workshop for students at Kendall College of Art & Design (May 16 in Grand Rapids). With this seminar, participants get an opportunity to do a short presentation introducing fellow participants and ArtServe to their creative practice. Following presentations, ArtServe's Director of Creative Industries, Cezanne Charles will present "Planning for Success", a comprehensive look at strategic planning for your creative practice. Q&A follows this session. We continue with a brainstorming session which includes "Barriers to Success" (what is holding you back?), "Communicating Your Value" ( a group writing exercise that helps the artist, by asking others to give descriptive words about the artist's work). We finish the workshop with a short session on looking forward into the future. Each individual is offered a 1 on 1 session to discuss, with Cezanne Charles, his or her creative practice more in-depth.

  • Click Here - To learn more about Creative Many Professional Practice Seminars 
  • Click Here - To learn more about the three different workshops available


ArtServe Represents MI at Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Ed Network Annual Mtg

As the Kennedy Center's Michigan Alliance for arts education, ArtServe's Director of Public Policy, Mike Latvis, attended the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network's Annual Meeting in Washington DC. The conference gathered representatives from each state for three days of workshops focused on research, advocacy and policy pertaining to arts education.

In addition to networking with other organizations that advocate in support of arts education, attendees were given an opportunity to learn about best practices in other states as well as successful new models for that may be replicated elsewhere.

Click here - To learn more about the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network.




Lawyers for the Creative Economy (LCE)


Launching Fall 2012, Lawyers for the Creative Economy (LCE) is a new ArtServe Michigan initiative to establish a statewide network of attorneys committed to delivering free to low-fee intellectual property (IP) and creativity-related legal resources to artists, creative practitioners, businesses and non-profit organizations. LCE also will provide seven professional development seminars across the state for artists and other creative practitioners to help them develop essential knowledge about creativity-related areas of law. An LCE website, as the hub of the initiative, will provide valuable information and connections. ArtServe is developing LCE in partnership with leadership drawn from the Arts, Communications, Entertainment and Sports (ACES) section of the State Bar of Michigan and the Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3).




Michigan Cultural Data Project (MICDP) celebrates its 2nd anniversary!


The Michigan Cultural Data Project (MICDP) adds numbers to the stories of passion and talent of the arts sector, to round out the descriptions of our impact. Hopefully, you have seen the Creative State Michigan report and website that illustrate the economic and social benefits of arts and culture activities in 2009.  The project that generated much of the data in that report was two years old this week! Here's the project's key metrics, 24 months since launch:

  • 650 groups registered
  • 551 groups have at least one year's data in the system
  • 88% of Michigan's counties (73 of 83) have at least one group in CDP
  • 88% of annual data profiles are available for research and comparison reports
  • 40% of groups entering data have budgets of less than $100,000
  • 60% of groups entering data have budgets of less than $250,000
  • 18 funders support the Michigan CDP and 10 of them require CDP to apply for funds


If your data is in - THANK YOU! And if it's not, it's easy to start, just go to the Michigan CDP website.  And if you have any questions at all - call the truly helpful CDP Help Desk at 877.642.3701, Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm.   





Become a 2012 Organizational Member today!

Become a Member
Your organization's 2012 membership with ArtServe Michigan ensures that our mission to cultivate the creative potential of Michigan's arts and cultural sector to enhance the health and well-being of Michigan, its people and communities not only will continue, but will be strengthened by your support. ArtServe member organizations help us intensify our advocacy efforts for the arts, culture and arts education and support for the transformative power of the creative industries. 2012 membership presents the opportunity for your organization's voice to be included in the work for sustainable gains in the arts and culture in Michigan!
  • Click here to use our online form to become a 2012 Organizational Member with ArtServe
  • Click here to download the hardcopy PDF form to become a 2012 Organizational Member
  • Click here to learn more about 2012 Membership, including our joint-membership discount for Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) members
  • Memberships are for organizations and nonprofits, individuals may support ArtServe's work by donating here
'Creative Impact' E-Zine & Events Site Celebrates ONE YEAR & 90+ Stories!

On May 26, 2011 ArtServe Michigan launched CREATIVE IMPACT MICHIGAN (CIM), a new statewide ezine and events website and next week prepares to celebrate its 1st birthday. To date, CIM has allowed ArtServe to cover 92 STORIES from all over the state's creative sector!


Over 500 organizations are using their free event promotion accounts to spread the word about their events to CIM's subscriber base of over 50,000 across the state. Also many thanks to those of you who responded to our CIM survey, we heard back from almost 1,200 of our subscribers (and will be announcing our prize winners at the end of this month) which really helped shape the direction CIM will take for its second year: starting in June 2012, CIM will now be delivered once monthly based on user feedback - we look forward to bringing you even better stories in Year Two!


Thanks go out to our amazing and talented team of professional writers & videographers as well as to the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs (MCACA), National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Ford Motor Company, Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, Erb Family Foundation and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) for supporting this publication and important communications initiative!


ArtServe has a New Website!

ArtServe has a new website - visit and please let us know what you think! We've improved the layout of the new site so that it connects directly to ArtServe microsites such as and while helping the organization to enhance management of e-communications, announcements, and constituent relationships. The site also has been designed to increase transparency so that visitors are more quickly connected to ArtServe events, press and media coverage focused on our statewide work, and also professional development opportunities for/from the sector including job postings and calls for art. Check out the new website here and be sure to 'Follow' us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook as well!
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