Dear Sponsors, Partners, Volunteers, Committee Members and Board,Thank you all for your wonderful work with "'20s Roar into Jackson." 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...WOO HOO! Besides raising funds, this event connected the general public with architecture, which is an area of the creative sector that deserves more attention, and that was equally as important to us as raising funds. While I was listening to many of the docents give their presentations, I learned some Jackson history regarding other areas of the creative sector, including: industrial design, jewelry arts, music halls and performing arts, cinema, interior design, and sculpture. This event was a win for the creative sector, all the way around!In the four years that I have been on the board, ACAJC has never conducted an event with the main purpose of connecting the general public with architecture, but has focused solely on more iconic areas of arts and culture: visual art, music, and literature. Arts and culture is so much more then that! According to our strategic plan for this next fiscal year, starting October 1, the board has determined that Outreach Committee should create a list of donors/partners/sponsors that we would like to expand to and have deeper relations with that expand farther across the Arts and Culture scene. I'm proud to announce that Valerie Herr, our newest board member, will be the new Chair for Outreach Committee. Val has some fresh ideas, with plans to offer education, networking, and ambassadorship opportunities within each Committee Meeting.Being that this architecture tour is in its inaugural year, and there were so many arts opportunities available this weekend with Museum Day, we were very pleased to have 110 patrons attend this event. 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 supporters!A special thank you to Jeannette Woodard for partnering on the event. She did a wonderful job of preparing the docents, and encouraging tour guests to use their imagination to understand what Jackson was like in the 1920s, and how that affected our built environment. Also, thank you, thank you, thank you to Anchor Initiative, Experience Jackson, Jackson District Library, and Ella Sharp for your financial contributions, and docent recruiting support.The community loved the concept of this event and we got so many compliments that our docents were so very knowledgable! Thank you to Bill, AJ, Amy, Elaine, Phil, Sandy, Gary, Kaiti, Byron, Cheryl, Rick, Maggie, Jackie, and Lora for being excellent docents! Also, thanks to Christine and Anna for your support at the welcome desk and Melanie for your social media presence.On behalf of the board, I wish to extend our gratitude to all of you!Best wishes,Kate Manville-Schwartz ACAJC Board of Directors, Chair
Arts 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.
Arts 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Arts 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!
The 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:
- Michelle Cochran, author of Lead Like The Sun
- Patricia Harbottle, author of It's Never Just Another Sunday: Sometimes It Takes a Storm
- Dave Lawrence, author and photographer of Artists In Jackson
- Lisa Viger, author of Easy, Affordable Raw: How to Go Raw on $10 a Day
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!
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.
Please send cover letter and resume to email@example.com Please apply by December 26, 2016 to be considered. Interviews will be held the first week of January.
Did 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.