Important Changes to ACAJC Membership

For the past 15 years, the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Jackson County (ACAJC) has supported the creative sector in Jackson by offering artists and creatives paid memberships.In an effort to bring our services to more people, the ACAJC Board has decided to discontinue paid memberships, and to continue on with the support of donations, so that we can offer our services to all artists and creatives living and working in Jackson County.We appreciate and value the artists and creatives who have been dues-paying members over the years, and we will continue to provide support and advocacy for the arts across the county.Individuals interested in being a booster for the arts are encouraged to make a tax-deductible donation to the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Jackson County. We hope you will participate in future Outreach Committee meetings to help us learn how to advocate and support the arts in our community.Outreach Committee meetings are held on the fourth Monday of every month at 6 p.m. at varying locations. If you would like to share ideas with the creative sector in Jackson, please attend the Outreach Committee meetings.To receive updates, including the location of the Outreach Committee every month, please send an email to:

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.

A Note From '20s Roar Into Jackson

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 & 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!