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Arts & Cultural Alliance Launches ‘20s Themed Jackson Architectural Tour

Jackson Architecture TourArts and Cultural Alliance of Jackson County’s (ACAJC) will celebrate Jackson buildings during its “The '20s Roar into Jackson” architectural tour."The '20s Roar into Jackson" tour, taking place Saturday, Sept. 16, is a self-paced walking tour that highlights the 1920s historic architecture in downtown Jackson. The tour can be completed at a leisurely pace in about 40 minutes.“Jackson’s architecture is worthy of discovery and contemplation,” says Kate Schwartz, ACAJC’s chair. “We encourage the community to get out, look up, and learn about their city.”The tour, sponsored by Anchor Initiative, Experience Jackson and the Jackson District Library, will feature a special presentation by Jeannette Woodard of Woodard & Associates, Architects. Woodard will give two presentations at 10 a.m. and 2 p. at the Jackson District Library’s Carnegie Branch."The 1920’s were a decade of great change for the World, the United States, Michigan, and Jackson," says Jeannette Woodard of Woodard & Associates, Architects. "That dynamic is reflected in our built environment, our art, and our architecture."Docents will be stationed throughout the day at the historic buildings from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.The cost is $12 per person, $8 for ACAJC members.Reserve your place today.

Call for Artists: Welcome to the Irish Hills

Irish Hills TowersArts and Cultural Alliance of Jackson County announces a call to artists for mural proposals on the wall in front of Irish Hills Towers (8433 US-12, Onsted, MI 49265).Submissions are free to members of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Jackson County, and $10 for non-members. Brooklyn Irish Hills Chamber of Commerce (BIHCC) will pay a stipend of $500 to the artist or team of artists of the accepted mural proposal to cover labor. BIHCC will reimburse a maximum of $200 for materials. The Chamber will also supply a press release, plaque on the wall recognizing the artist, and an unveiling ceremony.This opportunity is for family-friendly, original artwork that is representative of the Irish Hills and includes the statement “Welcome to the Irish Hills.” BIHCC asks that artists keep in mind that viewers will be in cars driving by at 55 mph, so the words must be central and easy to spot.Regarding the Wall

  • The wall is on property owned by the Irish Hills Historical Society, in front of the Irish Hills Towers.
  • The wall was primed last fall and is approximately 60 feet long and 8 feet tall.
  • Learn more about the history of the Towers.

Conditions of Entry

  • Any artist or team of artists to create a two-dimensional mural to be created in the fall of 2017.
  • Mural proposals may be executed in any medium that will withstand the four seasons of Michigan.
  • Mural proposals must be for artwork that covers at least 70% of the wall.

PoliciesArtists will retain the ownership of design ideas submitted with this application until a selection has been made and contract signed between the artist and the Brooklyn Irish Hills Chamber of Commerce.How to Enter

  • Email the following: your name, address, phone number, a narrative and design illustrating the concept is required for each submission. Include supplemental information such as medium, and approximate dimensions of the proposed mural.
  • Supporting materials, including images and examples of other exhibitions/opportunities that the artist has participated in, are required. References for earlier projects are encouraged.
  • Please label your image files as follows: Artist name, a period, and what the file is. For example: Smith.muraldesign.jpg or Smith.muralnarrative.pdf

Payment for Non-Member Submissions[gravityform id="5" title="false" description="false"]Important DatesSeptember 1, 2017 - Deadline for submissionsSeptember 13, 2017 - Artists notified of acceptance or decline of entries via emailOctober 13, 2017 - Completion of MuralQuestionsE-mail

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Scrap to Art A Success - Thank You!
Thanks to everyone who helped us make Scrap to Art a success!We received a lot of great feedback from the event and it served it's purpose of raising funds for Arts and Cultural Alliance of Jackson County...YAY! Besides raising funds, this event engaged with the creative sector, even reaching hard to reach areas of the creative sector such as industrial design, makerspace, DIY, shabby chic, glass arts, crafting, mosaics, up-cycle art, creative repurposing, sculptures, and mixed media.In the three years that I have been on the board, ACAJC has never conducted an event with the main purpose of being a fundraiser, but has relied solely on membership and grants. Membership is fairly stable, but grants are not. According to our budget for this fiscal year, ACAJC determined that only 25% of what we feel like it takes to do a good job of supporting arts in Jackson comes from membership, and to put it on ourself to raise another $2,000 by fundraising and another $4,000 with grants. I'm proud to announce that Scrap to Art helped us raise just shy of $3,000 before cash donations, so if we carry the same momentum into the upcoming grant season, we may be able to exceed our financial goal which will help us to do an even better job then we anticipated in our next fiscal year, which starts October 1.Being that Scrap to Art is in its inaugural year, it's expenses were a tad high because there were organizational tools like tubs that had to be purchased. In the future, we'll have the tools we need to get started and our operational expenses will be much lower. This event has a lot of room to grow, and we appreciate all the support given by our wonderful volunteers. I'm convinced ACAJC has the best volunteers! A special thank you to Amy for organizing the event, and Jeannette who put 300 miles on her car running all over the region picking up scrap. Also, Phil, Anna, Julia, and Mary who were also super-star scrap-picker-upers!The community loved the art aspect of the event. Congratulations to Bill Amburgey for winning voters choice with his piece, Fish out of Water. Thanks to Kelly, Mike, Gary, Justine, Dione, Maggie, and Carrie for participating! Thank you to Carrie for connecting artists with the opportunity. We hope to see these works again at Art 634's Upcycle Exhibition in September as well as many other Scrap to Art Shoppers.Thank you again to our Sponsors. OmniSource was a wonderful Title Sponsor and I am beyond blown away by the great customer service we received yesterday when Jeannette, Phil and I scraped the leftover inventory at OmniSource. Thanks MIS Cares for being the Hospitality Sponsor and sending a volunteer to assist with registration, as well as for the canvas shopping bags. Thanks to Great Lakes Graphics for sponsoring the print. Thanks to Lloyd Ganton Retirement for being the Operations Sponsor and covering the cost of renting tables. Thanks to Warcraft Conveyors for being the VIP Breakfast Sponsor. Thanks to Jackson District Library for supporting us with volunteers during the promotion leading up to the event and lastly, thanks to Jackson Community Foundation for supporting us financially with a $500 grant to expand our marketing efforts.On behalf of the board, I wish to extend our gratitude to everyone who supported arts and culture in Jackson!Kate Manville-SchwartzACAJC Board of Directors, Chair
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!

Jackson-Area Authors To Share Tips On Publishing

Book Publishing forumThe Arts & Cultural Alliance of Jackson County announces a book publishing forum for local writers and artists.“My Experience With Publishing: Q&A with Jackson Authors” will take place Thursday, Feb. 16 from 6-8 p.m. at the Ella Sharp Museum’s Granary.“Jackson is full of talented authors and artists, with experience in book publishing,” says Kate Schwartz, director of ACAJC. “We want more people in Jackson County publishing their work, and this forum will provide valuable tips and answer questions.”Authors participating in the publishing forum include:

The authors bring experience from self publishing and the publishing industry, on everything from food recipes to harrowing personal experiences. Each author will give an introduction to their book publishing experience, and then take questions from the audience.The cost is $5 for Arts & Cultural Alliance members, and $10 for non-members. Food will be provided.Register today!

Now Hiring: Administrative Membership Coordinator

ACAJC is now hiringUpdate: We've hired our new membership coordinator!


Arts and Cultural Alliance of Jackson County is hiring an Administrative Membership Coordinator.


Ten to 12 hours per week. Independent Contractor position from January to March 31, 2017.


The Administrative Assistant provides administrative support to the ACAJC Board by generating prospective member leads, developing and maintaining a membership recruitment list and assisting with the development of member recruitment and retention programs.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Attend Board Meetings to take minutes and return to Board Chair soon after, until Board Secretary is secured.
  • Develop e-mail newsletter.
  • Provide input/suggestions to expand/ improve services and add value to membership.
  • Actively recruit new members and promote and encourage participation in ACAJC.
  • Follow up with any potential members you contact to address questions, provide additional information, and help facilitate their joining ACAJC.
  • Reach out to those who have not renewed their membership to determine why and encourage them to rejoin.


  • Research and data collection skills.
  • Experience with membership organizations and/or community outreach preferred.
  • Self-motivated, energetic learner with a good sense of humor.
  • Excellent written and verbal skills.
  • Must possess an open communications style.
  • Highly organized with the ability to meet deadlines.
  • Must be proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel.

To Apply

Please send cover letter and resume to Please apply by December 26, 2016 to be considered. Interviews will be held the first week of January.

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.

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!