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Arts Midwest Business Report - Michigan Presenters is Heating Up!
Katie Trzaska-Miller, President, Michigan Presenters
The annual Arts Midwest Conference, which took place in Columbus, OH last week, was incredibly successful for Michigan Presenters and our members. Thanks to all who attended and participated in the two meetings we held as part of the conference. Here is the quick run-down of what we accomplished last week:
  1. The Monday general business meeting was one of the most-well attended in recent memory for Arts Midwest. We welcomed colleagues old and new around the table for updates and great discussion, including an analysis lead by vice president Mike Nadolski of the issues facing us regarding block booking.
  2. Michigan joined with Ohio Arts Professionals Network (OAPN) and PA Presenters for a block-booking meeting on Wednesday for network members. Employing a new active meeting strategy, we jump-started discussion and collaboration regarding block booking.
  3. The Michigan and Ohio networks left the conference with a strong commitment to facilitating block booking opportunities between the two states, and are hopeful to continue working with PA Presenters as well. Mike Nadolski is currently serving as the block booking coordinator for Michigan, and Robert Baird, president of OAPN, is coordinating for Ohio.
Michigan and Ohio will be actively moving forward with a new block booking strategy and will be in direct contact with member organizations shortly. Keep an eye on your inboxes for more information!


Mark Your Calendars for October 24

Our last member meeting of 2017 will take place on October 24, 2017 at the Ramsdell Regional Art Center in Manistee, MI.

Join us to for networking, professional development, and to learn more about the Ramsdell, one of our newest member organizations.

Fall Meeting Member Challenge:
The board is challenging all member organizations to bring one non-member organization to the fall meeting! Even if your organization can't attend, you are still challenged to invite a colleague or partner organization to see what Michigan Presenters is all about this fall. Non-member organizations may attend one meeting before committing to an organizational membership.

Schedule for the day and specifics on the Fall Meeting Member Challenge to follow.

Saugatuck Center for the Arts

Getting to Know Our Members

Saugatuck Center for the Arts

Location: Saugatuck, MI

Mission Statement: The Saugatuck Center for the Arts is West Michigan's lakeshore destination for experiencing the joy of professional theater and music, life-changing education, and substantive dialogue. It is a home for artists, students, and curious minds of all ages. 

Programming: Year-round programming for adults and children, including camps; lectures; classes; a film series; art gallery shows representing world-renown and local visual artists; music/concerts including The Hempy Keyboard Series, the Summer in the Studio Series and Main Stage concerts and presentations; weekly farmers market (summer); and award-winning Equity theatre company - Mason Street Warehouse - productions June to September.

Looking to collaborate/route programming? Always!

THE SCA in a nutshell:
Our "big three": Entertainment, Education, and Engagement. We are a community-based art center, interested in presenting creative experiences for adults and children, and in playing the role of "catalyst & convener". We offer an interdisciplinary menu (film, concert, theatre, farmers market, classes, exhibitions, lectures and more) to a small community in a rural county.  We also host school events, weddings, celebrations, and business meetings. We love collaborating with local and regional non-profit and educational partners to serve the community.

Ellen Engle,
SCA Performance Manager/MSW Producer

We Want YOU!
Michigan Presenters wants to feature more great stories about our member organizations! Have a great experience to share? Collaboration gone well? Insight that could benefit other members? Send feature story ideas to Katie at
(See our July newsletter for a great feature on the new Detroit Music Weekend festival.)

News You Can Use

Industry news, research, reports, and grants

Learn how to participate in and celebrate Arts in Education Week, September 10-16. #BecauseOfArtsEd
From Around the State
September 15: MCACA FY18 Grant Awards Announcement & Public Meeting, including keynote from National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
Michigan Festivals and Events Association Annual Convention Nov. 2-5 in Traverse City
Musicians Breathe New Life into Ann Arbor’s Iconic Blues Festival

From Around the Country and World
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How Tiny Eau Claire Wisconsin Became the Midwest's Hot New Town
JumpStart Theatre Poised to Introduce Musical Theatre Programs to Schools Across U.S.
Data and Analysis: Arts & Culture Remain Less Important To Younger Generations

Does you organization have exciting news to share?  Has your organization received a grant from an under-the-radar foundation or granting organization? Have you found a new resource that our members should know about?

Send details to and we'll include a listing in our monthly newsletter.

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