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Arts & Cultural Alliance Celebrates Successful Museum Day 2019

In its first year as organizer of Jackson County’s Museum Day, the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Jackson County doubled attendance at many local museums, in its partnership with Experience Jackson. 

Nearly 3,500 art and culture appreciators visited museums from across the county on May 11, an increase from 1,600 visitors at last year’s Museum Day activities. In 2017, 1,800 visitors participated in Museum Day.

"We have a strong and diverse set of local museums in Jackson County," says Lori Gordon, ACAJC chair. "We are so proud to have put extra promotional effort into this year’s event, and we saw that extra effort pay off."

Participating museums included:

  • Mann House (Concord)

  • Cambridge Junction Historic State Park and Walker Tavern (Brooklyn)

  • Ye Old Carriage Shop Auto Museum (Spring Arbor)

  • Waterloo Farm Museum and Dewey School Museum (Grass Lake)

  • Hanover-Horton Historical Society (Hanover)

  • Tompkins Historical Stewart Museum (Rives Junction)

  • Cell Block 7 Prison Museum (Jackson)

  • Lost Railway Museum (Grass Lake)

  • Ella Sharp Museum (Jackson)

Experience Jackson, the organization previously and solely responsible for Museum Day, assisted ACAJC with this year’s marketing efforts, including hosting event details on its website.

Take the Jackson County Arts & Culture Survey

The Arts & Cultural Alliance Community Plan Committee is working on an important information gathering survey.We are interested in your participation in art and cultural offerings in Jackson County. Your participation will help shape the future of important creative opportunities, and continue to contribute to the quality of life we enjoy here in Jackson County!Please take a few moments to complete this survey by Friday, May 25.Take the survey ⤇Feel free to share this link with anyone in your social media or email contact list that lives in Jackson County.Thanks in advance!

Arts & Cultural Alliance Earns MCACA Grant for Jackson County Art News

MCACAArts & Cultural Alliance of Jackson County has been awarded a $1,400 grant from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). The grant was awarded through the MCACA peer review process and was one of 575 applications to compete for MCACA fiscal year 2018 funding.The MCACA grant will fund outreach efforts, information sharing, and promotion of artists and cultural organizations throughout Jackson County through ACAJC’s “Art News” email newsletter, and paid social media promotions. The “young leader grant” lasts through September 30, 2018.“Thanks to this generous MCACA grant, the Arts & Cultural Alliance will reach more people, of all ages and backgrounds, helping to spread the word about local arts and cultural opportunities,” Kate Schwartz, ACAJC’s board chair, says. “Our goal is to build public access to the arts, especially in rural and underserved areas of Jackson County.”Organizations receiving a MCACA grant award are required to match those funds with other public and private dollars. Jackson County residents can make a donation to ACAJC at also receives significant volunteer support from the community, including its marketing committee. Kaiti McDonough, a young leader in Jackson that will spearhead outreach efforts, is the subject of the grant application, and serves on the ACAJC marketing committee.Jackson County residents can sign up for “Art News," and follow ACAJC on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.The MCACA peer review process allows for each grant application to be competitively considered by a panel of in-state and out-of-state arts and culture professionals. This ensures the taxpayers, who support this project through legislative appropriations, and all other visitors or residents in Michigan will have access to the highest quality arts and cultural experiences.A complete list of grant awards around the state is available by contacting MCACA at (517) 241-4011, or by visiting the MCACA website.

Announcing: Arts In Jackson Day

Arts In Jackson Day 2016Arts & Cultural Alliance of Jackson County (ACAJC) announces a day for Jackson-area artists, performers, and creatives to promote arts and culture in Jackson County.Arts In Jackson Day will take place Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in conjunction with International Artists Day. ACAJC encourages Jackson County artists to promote themselves, their work, and their businesses on social media using the hashtag #artsinjackson throughout the day."Arts In Jackson Day is a way to help local creatives makes themselves known," says Kate Schwartz, director of ACAJC. "And as the arts and cultural organization in the county, we hope to help them spread the word."Throughout the day, artists, musicians, and cultural professionals in Jackson County are encouraged to:

  • Share images of their work
  • Post videos of their performances
  • Post sales information for their artwork
  • Spread the word about other creatives they know
  • Promote upcoming arts and cultural events

By using the hashtag #artsinjackson, ACAJC will repost or retweet their social media messages to other artists and creatives. For those who do not use social media, ACAJC recommends artists use their other promotional means to spread the word – including email, websites, and events.During the day, ACAJC will also work to advocate for arts and culture to local elected officials, media representatives, and business leaders in Jackson County."It's important for everyone in Jackson to know the impact of arts and culture," Schwartz says. "The arts create jobs, contribute tax dollars to local government, and make the community a more enjoyable, livable place."To participate, follow ACAJC on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, and use the hashtag #artsinjackson during the October 25 activities.For the latest news and activities from ACAJC, subscribe to our free monthly newsletter, and follow us on social media!

Show Us Your Stuff: Call for Photographers

ACAJC announces a call to photographers at Consumers Innovation Center (165 W. Michigan Ave. Downtown Jackson) September 15, 5:30 p.m. "Show Your Stuff: The Art of Booth Photos" will feature Mo Riley, Executive Director for Original Ann Arbor Art Fair, talking with Jackson artists about what jurors look for in booth photos. Mo RileyPhotographers will be given an opportunity to learn about the conditions of booth photography and then present their portfolios to artists emerging into art fairs. Each photographer will be given a table to set out their portfolio at the event.Conditions of EntryProfessional Photographers, 18 years of age or older, are eligible to submit up to 10 entries each.Fees and CommissionsTo apply, this opportunity is a $5 donation for members of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Jackson County. For non-members it is a $10 donation. Membership payments and donations may be made at the bottom of our Membership page.LiabilityArts and Cultural Alliance of Jackson County will not be responsible for works on the premises.How to EnterEmail the following: your name, address, phone number, medium, a paragraph about yourself and/or your artwork, up to 10 images of your work. Please label your image files as follows: Artist name, a period, and the title of your artwork. For example: Smith.Landscape.jpg. Each image should not exceed a file size of 3MB or 300 dpi resolution.Calendar and DeadlinesAugust 25 - Deadline for submissionsSeptember 1 - Artists notified of acceptance or decline of entries via emailSeptember 15 - Portfolio Showing at The Innovation Center, 165 W. Michigan Ave, downtown Jackson, MI.

Arts and Cultural Alliance Curates Artwork for Consumers Energy Innovation Center

Arts and Cultural Alliance of Jackson County (ACAJC), a local organization focusing on supporting and promoting arts and culture, worked alongside Consumers Energy to select and curate the artwork displayed in the Consumers Energy Innovation Center this spring. The Call to Artists was for innovative, futuristic, abstract work to complement the role of the Jackson company’s Innovation Center, which is to be a hub of collaboration and creativity for the community and for its employees.“We built the Innovation Center in the heart of Jackson to help the city become a more vibrant and valued place to live, invest and innovate," Pramada Reddy, Consumers Energy’s Executive Director of Strategic Innovation says. "Our commitment to Jackson and its residents runs deep, which is why it is important for us to provide a platform to showcase the depth and breadth of exciting talent in the Jackson area.”GaryWillcockSculpture_Idiom_ACAJC Member and exhibiting sculptor at the Consumers Innovation Center, Gary Willcock, says, “My special pleasure with this exhibit comes from the setting the art is displayed in. I find the interior of the Center to be architecturally exciting. This is exactly the type of setting I imagine for my sculptures.”“I love that my paintings are in a place where people can meet, talk, communicate thoughts and exchange ideas, one built on the next,” Janice Botsford, Chelsea-area artist also exhibiting inside the Innovation Center, says. "This, after all, is the definition of creativity and is what artists aspire to do with every painting. My mixed media collage pieces often include my hand-made stamp of a ‘spiral’ shape, to show how one idea spirals off another, is redefined and takes on a new shape."One hundred and nine entries were submitted to ACAJC for the exhibition. Fourteen works of art were accepted and dropped off in person by local artists. Consumers Energy is paying rent for the works of art to the artists, which is unique to this area, with ACAJC handling sales. Rental prices start at $75 and go up from there based on the purchase price of the art, with two exhibiting artists receiving as much as $325 for the three month period.Consumers Innovation Center is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This body of work will be on exhibition until Friday, July 15.ACAJC has a long history of connecting artists and arts organizations with opportunities. Become a member today.

Announcing: New Member Benefits

Arts and Cultural Alliance of Jackson County announces that the organization will begin operating with new member benefits, and will be known for showing and connecting art, as well as promoting and supporting already existing member events.At the same time, the group released a call for artists to fill the new Consumers Energy Innovation Center downtown. This new initiative prominently features the organization’s focus on connecting and showing. The company is ready for the full launch and the board, which includes Kate Manville-Schwartz as Chair, Lori Gordon as Vice Chair, Amanda Goldsmith as Treasurer, as well as Barry Malek, Kim Hastings, Sheryl Amburgey and Cari Jors as Members at Large, are ready to make these lofty goals a reality."Our focus continues to be on supporting, just in a more defined way by specifying how exactly we do that," Chair Kate Manville-Schwartz said,An Art Lover Membership is for individuals and is $40. Sponsor Memberships which are for Organizations, is $200. Both levels offer members invitations to educational workshops, invitations to networking events, and newsletter spotlight opportunities. ACAJC will continue to offer email campaigns for artists with both membership levels, but now Sponsors will receive two emails per membership year.ACAJC's board enacted the new membership following a survey asking the community what resources were lacking to help grown and support arts and cultural initiatives in Jackson County.Become a member today!