Leadership, membership, and other news
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New Leadership for 2017
In December via conference call, MI Presenters held board elections to solidify the board once again, after the departure of President Liz Stover Rosenthal to Boston and Vice President Chris Gruits to Philadelphia.

Please welcome our new board members and welcome back our existing ones:
President: Katie Trzaska-Miller, Interlochen Center for the Arts
Vice President: Mike Nadolski, The Mendel Center, Lake Michigan College
Secretary: Ellen Engel, Saugatuck Center for the Performing Arts
Treasurer: Tracey Lawie, Miller Auditorium
Past President: Bryan Jao, Wharton Center

Katie Trzaska-Miller     Mike Nodolski     Ellen Engel     Tracey Lawie     Bryan Jao
Please visit our updated website for more information about our board members.

Dear MI Presenters members,
First, I want to thank you all for the opportunity to work with such a terrific group of professionals from around the state. It is truly an honor and I look forward to meeting and getting to know all of you more in the next two years.

Second, the board and I are excited to start out a new year with you. In our day-to-day work lives, it is almost impossible to think about professional development, networking, collaboration, and keeping up with the industry. In 2017 we hope to make that a bit easier, with monthly newsletters, opportunities to get together, and helpful news and information. We are here to support you and help you feel more connected to your colleagues around the state.

I have often been accused of being "too enthusiastic" about the arts--but can there be such a thing? My passion for the arts, in particular theater and arts education, drives my work ethic and belief that great things can be achieved through a little bit of organization and elbow grease (which the board has already experienced!) I will bring the same enthusiasm to this group, and will continue to be your cheerleader as long as you'll have me.
          -Katie Trzaska-Miller, President


Membership and Dues Campaign

Our Membership and Dues Campaign will kick off today, February 1. The board is making a concerted effort this year to collect member dues on time, and to reach out to lapsed members and potential new members with an invitation to join us and be a part of this great organization. Existing members will receive an invoice shortly in the mail, and lapsed members an invitation to rejoin. If you have an organization in your area that we should reach out to, please email your suggestion to

Member dues are $100 annually and include one voting member and unlimited associate members. Dues are due by February 28 and can be paid via check or via our website. 2018 dues will automatically be billed in January 2018.

Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey

Getting to Know Our Members (a monthly member profile)

Crooked Tree Arts Center

Locations: Petoskey & Traverse City

Mission Statement: To inspire and enrich lives through the arts

Programming: At our Petoskey campus we offer our Performing Arts Series October-March of each year, classes in Strings, Dance, Visual Arts, Culinary Arts, Pottery and other workshops throughout the year.  We also offer many enrichment opportunities for students and adults through our Youth Arts Festival, Learning Studio, Artist in Residence and Coffee at Ten Lectures.

Our Traverse City campus focuses on the Visual Arts through gallery exhibits, Youth Arts Festival, Coffee at Ten Lectures and visual arts classes for all ages. An Outdoor Art Fair and Art & Craft Trails Brochure provide additional arts opportunities for the area.

Looking to collaborate/route programming? We would always be open to routed programming which would benefit all parties involved.

Crooked Tree Arts Center was founded in 1971 to sponsor and encourage activities in the arts. The Traverse City campus was added in January 2015.  CTAC-Petoskey houses two exhibition galleries, a sales gallery, a dance studio, a pottery studio, commercial kitchen, visual arts classroom and a 229-seat theater. 



News You Can Use

Industry news, research, reports, and grants
Summary of New "BOTS" legislation, from the Wharton Center
NY Phil President to Step Down and take over UMS
Analysis of what cutting NEA funding could mean
What if the President Really Does End Money for the Arts?
Creative State MI: Creative Industries 2016 Report
Creative State Michigan 2016 Nonprofit Report

Grant Deadlines
MCACA New Leaders Retention and Engagement Grant Program: February 24, 2017
Arts Midwest Touring Fund: April 25, 2017
2017 Arts & Humanities Touring Grants: ongoing through 2017

Grants to keep an eye on
Arts and Culture Trek Grant
Michigan Humanities Council Grants: Application period May-August
National Endowment for the Arts: See deadlines here

Has your organization received a grant from an under-the-radar foundation or granting organization? Send details to and we'll include a listing in our monthly newsletter.


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