Category: Art and Culture

Upcoming Theatrical Performances at Northern Michigan University


  • 18th-19th:  Black Box Theatre presents:  “A Kind of Alaska”

Description:  “Deborah, a middle-aged woman who has been in a comatose state, awakens to a still 16-year-old mind, and a changed body and world.”

  • 24-26th:   The Forest Roberts Theatre presents:  A Haunted House

Description:  All-new thrills and chills await you as the Forest Roberts Theatre is transformed into a haunted house.



  • 13-16th:   The Forest Roberts Theatre presents:  A New Production of Boublil and Schönberg’s Les Misérables

Description:  Starring Broadway actor, associate professor and NMU alumnus Paul Truckey as Jean Valjean. Truckey has performed in the Broadway and touring companies of Les Misérables.

In 19th century France, Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, but is pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. In the end, however, Javert must confront his ideals about Valjean in the gripping conclusion of this international hit.
  • 5-6th:  JP Black Box Theatre presents:  “The 12 Dates of Christmas”

Description:  After being dumped by her fiance. Mary must come to terms with what it means to be single again…especially during the holidays. A heartwarming Christmas comedy.

  • 7th:  The Forest Roberts Theatre presents:  An  NMU Dance Concert

Description:  Join us for an exciting dance concert with faculty- and student- directed pieces.

  • 20-21st:  JP Black Box Theatre presents:  “Santaland Diaries”

Description:  Based on David Sedaris essay of the same name, this hilarious play follows one man’s experiences working as a department store elf.  Great holiday cheer for adults.


***All times are TBA at a later date***


Appointments made to Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs

Snyder  announced six new appointments to the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

The 15-member council, housed within the Michigan Economic Development Corp., facilitates an environment of artistic, creative and cultural activity to support Michigan’s quality of life and economic vitality. Appointments serve three-year terms expiring Sept. 1, 2016, and they are not subject to the advice and consent of the state Senate.

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Application Period Opens for Arts & Humanities Touring Grants Sept. 16

LANSING— On Sept. 16, the Michigan Humanities Council, through partnership with Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, will begin accepting online applications for Arts & Humanities Touring Grants from all Michigan nonprofit organizations. These grants are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis until funding is exhausted.

The Arts & Humanities Touring Program awards grants to help offset the cost of bringing high-quality cultural performers and artists, listed in the Touring Directory, into schools and communities for events. Michigan’s Arts & Humanities Touring Directory includes 175 of the state’s top presenters and performers – such as storytellers, assembly groups, re-enactors, poets and musicians.

The Touring grants help cover up to 40 percent of a performer/artist’s fees and travel expense. Grant requests may not exceed $3,000 per application, and an organization may not submit more than four applications or request more than $4,000 in a fiscal year (Nov. 1 – Oct. 31).

Applicants must have at least 100 percent cost share (match) for Touring grant awards. Grantee cost share (match) is the total dollar value of both cash and in-kind contributions of the sponsoring organization. Eligible events must occur between Oct. 10, 2013 and Aug. 17, 2014.

For guidelines and more information on the Arts & Humanities Touring Program, visit, or contact Regina Schreck at (517) 372-7770 or

MI Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs Announces FY14 Funding Increase

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA)  announced its grant program workshop schedule in anticipation of projected funding increases for Fiscal Year 2014 program.

“We are very excited about the support we have received from Governor Rick Snyder, his administration and the legislature,” said MCACA Executive Director John Bracey. “The confidence they have shown in our agency and the additional dollars represented in the appropriations bill will allow us to expand funding to our current programs as well as create a new Artist in Residence program for K-12 schools.”

MCACA will be conducting free informational workshops on grant guidelines and the application process for potential applicants throughout the state and online throughout the rest of the summer. Workshop attendance is not required for grant applicants; however, updated guidelines and application process changes will be reviewed at each meeting, so attendance is encouraged. Pre-registration or RSVPs are not required.

July 29, 2013 – 10 a.m.
Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo with ONEplace @KPL
315 S. Rose Street
Kalamazoo, Michigan

July 30, 2013 – 10 a.m.
Saginaw Arts and Enrichment Commission
120 Ezra Rust Drive
Saginaw, Michigan

July 31, 2013 – 1:00 p.m.
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
300 N. Washington Square
Lake Michigan Conference Room
Lansing, Michigan
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August 1, 2013 – 1:00 p.m.
Holland Area Arts Council
150 E. 8th Street
Holland, Michigan

August 2, 2013 – 1:00 p.m.
Ford Community & Performing Arts Center
15801 Michigan Avenue
Dearborn, Michigan

August 7, 2013 – 10:00 a.m.
Gaylord Area Council for the Arts
125 E. Main
Gaylord, Michigan

August 7, 2013 – 4:00 p.m.
Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Planning & Development Commission
Bayliss Library
541 Library Drive
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

August 8, 2013 – 2:00 p.m.
Copper Country Community Arts Council
126 Quincy Street
Hancock, Michigan

August 9, 2013 – 1:00 p.m.
William Bonifas Fine Arts Center
700 1st Avenue South
Escanaba, Michigan

MCACA will offer grants through five programs:

Program for Operations and Project Support – Provides specific operational support to arts and cultural organizations only. Municipalities, schools and non-arts nonprofit organizations are encouraged to apply in the Projects Support category. MCACA defines arts and cultural organizations as those organizations whose primary mission is to provide an experience, including a learning experience that is based in a specific arts or cultural discipline.
Capital Improvements – Provides funding assistance to Michigan nonprofit arts organizations and municipalities for the expansion, renovation or construction of cultural facilities; upgrade of equipment and furnishing to provide a competitive and up-to-date environment; equipment and instrument acquisitions that are integral to the implementation of events and services.
Arts in Education Residency – provides funding assistance to K-12 educational institutions for arts education residencies designed to introduce or enhance student knowledge of and participation in a particular art form such as: dance, theatre, music, creative writing, storytelling, visual arts (including video and graphic design), or traditional folk arts, by bringing a professional teaching artist into the educational setting for a designated amount of time.
Mini-grants – A partnership between the MCACA and 19 regional re-granting agencies throughout the state. There are two components of the Mini-grant program, Arts Projects and Professional Development grants. These are special opportunities to address local arts and cultural needs as well as increase public access to arts and culture.
New Leaders – Provides funding assistant to support projects and/or collaborations focusing on the engagement, retention and mentoring of young people in Michigan.

Michigan nonprofit organizations, schools and municipalities are eligible to apply for projects that would take place between January 1, 2014 and September 30, 2014. Information about specific grant programs as well as the guidelines is available on the web at

MCACA serves to encourage, initiate and facilitate an enriched artistic, cultural and creative environment in Michigan. For more on its initiatives and programs, visit

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MHC to Add Bridging Cultures Programs

LANSING— The Michigan Humanities Council has been awarded two grants as part of the National Endowment for the Humanities Bridging Cultures initiative. MHC will add new reading and discussion programming over the next two years as a result.

“We are so pleased to be a part of this very important programming in our state,” said Judith Dworkin, MHC program officer and Michigan coordinator of the two programs. “It will be an excellent opportunity to learn about a culture that may be unfamiliar and also gives an opportunity for Muslims and non-Muslims alike to see themselves reflected in quality literature. These discussions are critical in our communities and it is an important starting point for these conversations.”

Let’s Talk About it: Muslim Journeys is a reading and discussion series that is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association. The Michigan Humanities Council – in partnership with the Public Libraries of Saginaw and Pickford Community Library – is one of 125 libraries and state humanities councils around the nation selected to participate in this project. Muslim Journeys is a five-part discussion series that seeks to familiarize public audiences in the U.S. with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the U.S. and around the world. Programming for Muslim Journeys will be held at the Public Libraries of Saginaw and Pickford Community Library beginning in fall 2013 and ending in spring 2014.

Muslim Voices is a project made possible through a National Endowment for the Humanities Implementation Grant of $195,000 awarded to the New York Council for the Humanities. New York will partner with the humanities councils in Michigan, Minnesota and Oklahoma to create age-appropriate book lists that give teens and children the opportunity to use literature as a way to explore the lives of Muslims across time and geography. The program will launch in Michigan in spring 2014 – two pilot sites will be selected.