Michigan’s vibrant art and culture offerings are a big part of what makes the state so attractive as a meetings destination.

To support these assets, the Michigan Arts and Culture Council (MACC) coordinates several grants to arts and culture organizations, cities and municipalities, and other nonprofit organizations “ensuring that every citizen and community in Michigan enjoys the civic, economic and educational benefits of arts and culture.”

MACC is beginning to accept applications now. You can learn if your organization, or one you admire, is eligible, here.      

Among the MACC grants:

Operational Support Grant: is a competitive grant program that provides operational support to arts and cultural organizations only. Municipalities, schools and non-arts nonprofit organizations are encouraged to apply in one of the other categories. MACC defines arts and cultural organizations as those organizations whose primary mission is to provide an experience, including a learning experience, that is based in a specific arts or cultural discipline. These organization types are: Arts Education Organizations, Arts Services Organizations, Collecting or Material Organizations (such as museums, historical societies, and zoos), Public Broadcasting Organizations, Literary Arts Organizations, Performing Arts Organizations and Visual Arts/Film/Video/Digital Organizations.

 

Project Support Grant is a competitive grant program that provides support for the production, presentation and creation of arts and culture that promotes public engagement, diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts and the strengthening or livability of communities through the arts. These projects connect communities with the world by exploring, sharing and supporting creative expression, and by doing so they promote the health and well-being of communities and citizens throughout our state. We believe that by sharing creative experiences and expressing our creativity, we build powerful connections with the people we are closest to, with our community, the world around us and with ourselves. Open to colleges/universities, municipality or non-arts related nonprofit organizations.

 

Capital Improvement is a competitive program for nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and municipalities that provide funding assistance for the expansion, renovation, or construction of arts and cultural facilities; upgrade of equipment and furnishings to provide an up-to-date environment; provide or increase accessibility to persons with disabilities, or integrate energy efficient products and technologies. Improvements from Capital grants should enhance arts and cultural practices, as well as, achieve direct artistic and cultural outcomes within their communities.

 

The New Leaders grant offers up to $4,000 in support of arts and culture related projects or collaborations led by a young person (ages 14-30 years old) who is associated or connected to an established youth/teen council or young professionals group. 

In the upcoming Spring issue of Michigan Meetings + Events, you’ll find an exclusive interview with the authors of Suddenly Hybrid: Managing the Modern Meeting (Wiley). Emmy-winning broadcaster Karin M. Reed and Joseph A. Allen, Ph.D., a leading expert on workplace meetings, offer a guide to navigating the new normal of meetings where some attendees are in the room and others are Zooming in from remote locations. 

Here’s a preview of the strategies that make hybrid meetings work for team leaders, according to Reed and Allen:

 

The CDC defines close contact as within six feet or less, for 15 minutes or more with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. At gatherings of many kinds, contact tracing is used to trace the people that someone has come into contact with, before they learn that they have tested positive. This allows the people that the sick person came into contact with to be aware of the situation, and to make health-informed choices. 

 

What these leaders may not realize is that the old approach to meetings, where someone talks the team to sleep is quickly becoming unacceptable. Companies and planners everywhere are ditching their boring meetings and adopting more effective practices.
Two factors driving revolution throughout the modern workplace also demand a new way of meeting: digitalization and VUCA, short for volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity.

Digital Workplace Meetings