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Architecture Tour 2018 - Thank You

Dear Community Partners and Board,

First of all, thank you to Anchor Initiative for being our Title Sponsor.  Your support really helped "Stained Glass: An Architecture Tour" fly, and it definitely helped to serve your purpose of bringing people downtown.  It was so nice to see people wandering the sidewalks today, even in the rain.

When comparing last year’s numbers to this year’s numbers, although we were more successful fundraising this year, our attendance was down.  We assume that it was due to the rain.  Last year, our first lecture (10 a.m.) was the largest lecture, and this year, it was the smallest.  Ten o’clock was when it rained the hardest today.

Nevertheless, ACAJC feels really good about this event.  A big thank you to all of our docents for your wonderful work, and to the churches and County Building for having your doors open and a volunteer or staff person at your buildings all day. We received a lot of nice feedback from the event.  People loved engaging with congregational members who obviously love their church so much.  It was truly a touching event, having so many volunteers so emotionally involved in the buildings that they were presenting on.

Also thank you to the County Tower Building.  People were truly impressed that a government entity had their doors open to the public on a Saturday.  That’s true civil service!

This event engaged with the creative sector in a really good way.  I love when history can be presented through the arts.  While walking around today, I heard docents throwing in historical information about their organs, pews, statues, and more.  It was a win for the creative sector of Jackson County all the way around.

And speaking of history, thank you so much to Jeannette Woodard and Barbara Kreuger for all the content on Stained Glass.  Your research, enthusiasm and passion for the subject matter at hand, was inspiring.  The stained glass demonstration was impressive, and enlighting.  All of the articles that Barb brought to support her presentation was helpful.  I truly believe that people did not leave without learning an impressive amount on the artform, from it’s purpose to it’s process.

Thank you to Jackson District Library for allowing us to borrow your wonderful staff people to man our reception desk, and for the use of your portable microphone.  Also, we appreciated your help this week to promote “Iggy Peck, Architect,” a children’s book about architecture, with the intention of helping us reach a youth crowd for the event.  Also, thank you to Ella Sharp Museum for supplying volunteers to provide a craft for children.  It is part of ACAJC’s 2018 strategic plan to make sure there are children’s activities at our events moving forward.  This was the first time that we made sure to include a youth component, and it certainly has room to grow.

Thank you to Jackson Community Foundation for the Arts and Literacy Grant, which helped to support our Marketing Committee’s job, which was to promote this event.  Marketing Committee did a wonderful job.  After the event, I had dinner with my parents who both said that they heard the event promoted everywhere.  That is especially interesting to me, coming from my Dad, that he noticed at all :)  Mallette Blum did a beautiful job with the brochures, and Elaine Lok's photos are a work of art!  Great Lakes Graphics did an awesome job with the printing...as always!

Some impromptu conversations today with guests and volunteers, leads us to the idea that we may be able to promote some follow up materials for further reading about stained glass.  It’s nice to feel like the community reached that level of engagement when we’re being asked for additional information.  I will make sure to follow-up on these ideas.

On behalf of ACAJC, I wish to extend our gratitude to all involved, for another successful event!

Best Wishes,

Kate Manville-Schwartz

Event Chair

Celebrate Arts In Jackson Day October 25

Arts In Jackson Day 2017Jackson County, the Arts & Cultural Alliance wants to see your best and brightest.The second annual Arts in Jackson Day is happening Wednesday, October 25. This year’s theme celebrates the diversity of work being made about and in Jackson County.Artists, musicians, authors, crafters, makers, videographers and everyone from the creative sector are invited to share your work, projects, events, and businesses on social media throughout the day using the hashtag #artsinjackson. If you make anything – share it!"We have such a talented county and community, but a lot of that talent goes unnoticed," says Kate Schwartz, ACAJC chair. "We want to spread the word: there's a lot of creativity in Jackson."Not a maker or creative? You’re still encouraged to participate, simply share the work of your favorite local creative on your social media channels.The purpose of Arts in Jackson Day is to raise awareness of work in our community and help expand the definition and perception of who is an artist. ACAJC is also accepting donations to help raise awareness of artistic and cultural talent in the county.Last year, ACAJC kicked off the first Arts In Jackson Day in conjunction with International Artist Day.

Scrap To Art Coming June 10

Scrap to ArtArts and Cultural Alliance of Jackson County is hosting SCRAP to ART on Saturday, June 10 at The Incubator (414 N. Jackson, downtown) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.ACAJC is collecting donated factory scraps that are cast off during the manufacturing process to sell in a one-day sale, to continue to support and fund arts in Jackson. Attendees purchase a bag for $18 ($13 for ACAJC members, students, and teachers) to fill up with copper, steel, plastic, wood, fabric, and other materials that have been generously donated by local manufacturers and merchants. We believe that SCRAP to ART will connect arts with manufacturing in a way that is unique to Jackson. This will be a fun opportunity for the whole community to make artwork, and foster inventions and innovations of all types.Artists can submit the resulting projects to Art 634’s September 10 Second Sunday show, “Salvage.Recycle.Reuse.ART.”Just 25% of funds needed to support arts in Jackson come in through ACAJC’s membership base, while the rest is raised through fundraising events such as Scrap to Art. This fundraiser is made possible by our title sponsor OmniSource, along with generous donations from MIS Cares, Great Lakes Graphics, and Lloyd Ganton Retirement Centers. And many thanks to the Jackson District Library for volunteer support.ACAJC also recently received a $500 grant from the Jackson Literary and Arts Association Fund at the Jackson Community Foundation.Learn more at our Facebook event, and see us at the upcoming Ella Sharp Museum Art, Beer, and Wine Festival!

An Enchanted Evening at Carnegie

An Enchanted Evening at CarnegieDid you know that 61 Carnegie Libraries were built in Michigan? Today, less than half of them remain as a public library.Did you know that Jackson District Library’s Carnegie main entrance lobby is terrazzo tile imported from Italy and that workers from Italy were brought over to lay it by hand? The marble was imported from Carrara, Italy, the same area that Michelangelo obtained the marble for his sculptures.Did you know we have a historic plaque that serves as a tribute to Edward Pomeroy who was killed at the Battle of Bull Run? He is buried at Mt. Evergreen Cemetery.The Carnegie Library, is one of the architectural and cultural landmarks of Jackson County and is currently on the local, state, and national register of historic places.Explore the lore during An Enchanted Evening at Carnegie on Friday, December 9, from 6-8 p.m. Come explore the wonders of the art, architecture, and the history of our remarkable Carnegie Library while enjoying a tasty glass of Michigan wine and mellow live music performed by the talented Jackson High School musicians.One of the many pieces you will see is the Lincoln, Bronze Statue, by Augustus Saint Gaudens. The sculptor was born in Dublin, Ireland but came to the U.S. as a child. This replica is known as his best endeavor and serves as a memorial of the establishment of the Republican Party in Jackson in 1854.The evening is sponsored by Jackson District Library and the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Jackson County and is intended for adults 21 and over. Please reserve your spot by calling 517-788-4087, ext. 1339.