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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 artsinjackson.com.ACAJC 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: 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!