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Artserve Michigan Inc

Rating: 4.8 stars   10 reviews 1,947

Address:

1 Clover Ct Wixom MI 48393 USA

Mission:

Advocating for the power of the arts, culture, arts education, and creative industries in michigan, and cultivating the creative sector through professional development and strategic communications.

Programs:

Michigan cultural data project - led outreach, fundraising and research as the intermediary for this online data system originally owned and operated by the pew charitable trusts, and now operated by the cultural data project (www. Culturaldata. Org) as of april 1, 2013, to affirm the impact and vitality of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations on a state-by-state basis. Organizations benefit from no-cost trend and comparison reporting, funders gain comparable grantee data informing grantmaking decisions, and advocates gain reliable comprehensive data strengthening case-making for the arts. This year, --continued on schedule o-- artserve worked in partnership with the pew charitable trusts and the cultural data project and in michigan with the council of michigan foundations, leading funders, the michigan council for arts and cultural affairs to guide this initiative. Now in its fourth year, the michigan cdp (www. Miculturaldata. Org) is continuing to build momentum with 943 organizations registered in the system as of november 20, 2013. Of this total, 789 organizations had data profiles in the michigan cdp. In addition, there were a total of 2,131 data profiles in the michigan cdp of which 1,689 profiles had been submitted. Arts and cultural organizations are also continuing to use the reporting functions of cdp increasing the benefits of these capacity building tools. By year end, 22 funders had invested in the initiative and 16 michigan funders required or recommended use of the cdp by its grant applicants or for grant reporting. Artserve also led grantmaking in partnership with the pew charitable trust, and subsequently the cultural data project and assisted in securing funding for the program budget. As of august 27, 2013 84 new user orientation sessions were conducted benefitting 698 attendees in onsite session and michigan and national webinars. A total of 54 reports orientation sessions were also held benefitting 140 attendees also in onsite and webinar sessions. Statewide, a total of 630 arts and cultural organizations benefitted from these training opportunities.

capacity building programs - art services/education: kresge arts in detroit fellowships - delivered annual program of professional development experiences designed to meet needs of the kresge foundation's year 4 (12 visual artists) fellows and year 5 (19 literary and performing artists) in southeast michigan to help them plan, cultivate and sustain their creative practices. Program includes strategic planning retreat with creative capital, monthly workshops with state, national and international arts experts, and two --continued on schedule o-- rounds of individual consultations. Also participated in the planning and presentations for the second artx detroit exhibition in april 2013 featuring the work of the artist fellows for years 3 and 4. Creative many seminars - delivered regional professional practice seminars in partnership with universities and local arts partners - planning, resourcing, promoting, and protecting your practice - to strengthen professional practices for michigan artists and creative practitioners. This statewide program launched in fall 2010 with support from the emily hall tremaine foundation and the first two-year cycle concluded in september 2012. In september 2012, the foundation awarded artserve with a second two-year grant to allow continued growth and expansion of this program that has served more than 500 artists in 8 regions statewide. In september 2013, artserve also hosted its first statewide creative many summit, convening artists and creatives in a 2. 5-day forum exploring the expanding role of artists in community placemaking initiatives. This summit was supported by grant funding from the michigan council for the arts and cultural affairs. Lawyers for the creative economy - led continued program planning for the lawyers for the creative economy initiative launched with cultivation events in november 2012 in grand rapids and december 2012 in detroit with steering committee comprised of attorneys engaged in former volunteer lawyers for the arts program. This initiative is designed to provide pro bono or low-fee intellectual property and creativity-related legal resources for artists, creative practitioners, business and nonprofit organizations in partnership with the arts communication entertainment and sports section of the state bar of michigan, detroit creative corridor center and national endowment for the arts. This year, artserve hired a new contractual coordinator to assist with finalizing efforts to officially begin providing program services - legal referrals, seminars, online resources and code dialogue events for artists and attorneys on legal issues in the creative realm. Community supported art (detroit pilot) - initiated this pilot program in partnership with springboard for the arts and the james l. And john s. Knight foundation to connect local artists to local arts collectors and patrons through the donation of shares of an "art harvest" season. Piloted in detroit in 2012 with 9 juried artists who received a 1,000 stipend to create 50 individual works of art for the program to be distributed to local patrons. Shareholders and artists connected at local share "pick-up" events. The pilot program ended this year but remains available for replication in other michigan communities interested in its opportunities.

strategic communications - positioned arts, culture and arts education as essential to the public well-being and michigan's economic resilience and connected constituents to information and resources while engaging dialogue on issues facing the creative sector - through its website, communications and media outreach, social media. Continued partnership with tanner friedman in the delivery of media outreach and public relations services for artserve and its statewide work achieving over 425 media placements in the calendar year. Used independent contractor services to manage social media and online --continued on schedule o-- communications. Initiated a new institutional marketing committee to guide artserve's marketing and communications strategies. Continued publication of creative impact michigan e-magazine this year to affirm and raise awareness of the significant impact of arts and culture across michigan through custom-produced feature stories, spotlights on organizations, artists or creative community news, and monthly videos. Included statewide events calendar for arts and cultural organizations and artists to promote events and build new audiences. Selected tanner friedman as new publisher partner for second-year operations beginning in june 2012, and adjusted the publication schedule from bi-weekly to monthly basis based on reader feedback. Supported by the michigan council for arts and cultural affairs, the michigan state housing development authority, and leading michigan foundations.

advocacy and public policy - led research, grassroots organizing, coalition building and lobbying to advance policies and sustainable public/private funding supporting the arts, culture and arts education. Artserve's case is grounded on the belief that arts and culture is an essential ingredient to michigan's reinvention - contributing jobs and economic benefits, creating vibrant communities to attract/retain business and talent, supporting statewide cultural tourism aims, and transforming lives of people of all ages. During this year, artserve released its second creative state mi report affirming economic, audience reach and cultural tourism impacts of michigan's nonprofit arts and cultural sector using data from the michigan cultural data project (www. Culturaldata. Org). The report revealed that arts and cultural organizations generated more than billion dollars in michigan's economy, contributed 22,335 jobs, and served more than 15. 7 million people; the next creative state mi report will be released in january 2014 (www. Creativestatemi. Org). This report positioned artserve to successfully engage its statewide networks and advocate for the first meaningful increase in state arts funding in back- to-back years - a fy 2014 appropriation of 8. 15 million for the michigan council for arts and cultural affairs. Artserve also shared information online with candidates and constituents on issues related to the arts, culture, arts education and creative industries. Represented michigan on the americans for the arts' state arts advocacy network, was represented at afta's arts advocacy day in washington, dc where information was shared with michigan congressional leaders, and attended and represented creative state mi at afta's national convention in pittsburgh. Also led efforts to inform and engage a statewide network of effective advocates for the importance of k thru 12 arts education in michigan as member of the michigan youth arts roundtable, working together with the interlochen center for the arts, michigan youth arts association, the michigan council for arts and cultural affairs, and the michigan department of education, and a consortium of 16 statewide arts education organizations. These efforts were supported by the baseline information on arts education released in september 2012 from the first michigan arts education survey on the status of arts education in michigan's k thru 12 schools and included efforts to further develop and disseminate an arts education policy platform and recommendations. As part of these efforts, shared information with the partnership organizations, the michigan board of education and legislative leaders. Was represented at the kennedy center alliance for arts education network annual meeting where information was shared with michigan congressional leaders. This year, artserve continued efforts to further establish the artserve michigan arts action network as an affiliated, independent 501(c)4 nonprofit organization formed to strengthen advocacy capacity and impacts, engage advocates and leverage resources to influence positive change for arts, culture and arts education at the federal, state and local levels in michigan (www. Miartsaction. Org). While the network was not actively engaged this year due to capacity challenges, artserve contributed modest funding to continuing its support of start-up costs for the new affiliated corporation. Changes to programs there were no changes to artserve's mission or priorities during the fiscal year. Certain programs were added or expanded during the fiscal year in alignment with the organization's mission: the creative state mi research and reporting initiative was continued this year with the release of the second report in january 2013 using data from the michigan cultural data project and other sources to document the contributing impacts of michigan's arts and cultural sector to the economy, communities, education, and audiences statewide. Under this brand, a new two-year partnership continued with the detroit creative corridor center for private sector creative industries research, reporting and case- making. The first report was released in january 2014. The community supported art detroit pilot program was initiated during last fiscal year in partnership with springboard for the arts (st. Paul, mn) and the james l. And john s. Knight foundation to connect local artists with local arts patrons through the distribution of shares of an "arts harvest" season. Designed as a pilot program, the initiative was concluded but remains available for replication in other michigan communities. No significant activity was reported for this year. During this year, artserve provided professional consulting services to western michigan university and the department of fine and performing arts in the development of a study evaluating opportunities to equip arts students with entrepreneurial skill building. Artserve also provided consultant services to artscenter traverse city in the facilitation of an online artist and community survey to assist the organization in exploring opportunites for a new arts center. More information about artserve artserve michigan is the statewide nonprofit organization leading advocacy for the arts, culture and arts education, and the transformative power of the creative industries in michigan. Our mission is to "cultivate the creative potential of michigan's arts and cultural sector to enhance the health and well-being of michigan, its people and communities. " collaboration is at the heart of artserve's work. The organization was formed in 1997 through the merger of the arts foundation of michigan, business volunteers for the arts, concerned citizens for the arts in michigan, and the michigan alliance for arts education - bringing together 32 years of statewide arts leadership. Artserve's 2006 merger with the michigan association of community arts agencies further strengthened the voice for the arts, culture and arts education in michigan. Artserve is the designated michigan representative to the americans for the arts state arts advocacy network and the kennedy center alliance for arts education network. Crain's detroit business recognized artserve as a best managed nonprofit award finalist in both 2009 and 2010. Artserve serves three primary constituent groups statewide -- artists and creative professionals comprising the creative industries, arts and cultural organizations and leadership, and arts educators. The organization seeks to engage local, regional and statewide partners and stakeholders sharing our belief in the essential and contributing role of arts, culture and arts education, and the creative industries for the future of michigan. Sustainability - continued efforts to increase artserve's financial capacity through development efforts focused primarily on grantmaking for programs and operations, individual donor cultivation, organizational memberships, increased program income, and coordination of year-end and mid-year fundraising campaigns. These activities were primarily conducted by the president and ceo due to the elimination of the director of development position in september 2012.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I was hired by artserve to perform during their GUVVY awards ceremony for jazz legend Bob James. I was honored to be a part of this and was very impressed with artserves' commitment to celebrating and commemorating artists of all genres that hail from Michigan. I also was asked to hold a educational workshop for kids as part of GUVVY student event that focused on the history of hip hop and it's origins with street art. I was thrilled to be able to connect with the youth and give them access to the history of this art form and culture that they may have difficulties receiving anywhere else. I was impressed with Artserve for helping expand our youth's knowledge and experiences and I would love to cone back and contribute to any other workshops or events for students if they were to ask me. Overall, I am impressed with Artserve's committment to better the community and expand and the opportunities of the arts in the state of Michigan. They show they are leaders and teachers as well as followers and students and this avant garde style of pursuit for a better community should be applauded. The arts are extremely important to our culture, our society, and our future. I feel Artserve understands this and I respect what they're doing and what they are trying to accomplish. Thanks Artserve Michigan!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Doing the student workshop and guvvy performance

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get them more funding so they can have more events for our youth.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been working with ArtServe Michigan as a communications advisor for the past three years. The dedication of the staff for arts advocacy, education and awareness is unmatched in Michigan. I am consistently amazed with how much this group achieves despite a consistently uphill battle from people who do not understand the importance of the arts and culture, nor the need to properly fund it.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Attendance of their arts awareness/advocacy events; seeing the dedicated response from arts and culture organizations around the state

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would wish them expanded resources to increase their capacity to assist the arts around the state.

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Artserve Michigan has an outstanding professional staff, very responsive to any inquiry and they work so hard on supporting arts and art education.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my professional relationships

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help them grow larger to have more impact.

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I have partnered with ArtServe Michigan since it was first formed. Most recently I partnered with them in my role as Michigan Department of Education Arts Education Specialist - a role from which I have recently retired. It is a pleasure to comment on the importance of ArtServe Michigan to the cultural well-being of our state. From the annual student workshops with international caliber clinicians, to the daily updates on arts advocacy issues, I have relied on ArtServe Michigan's to be there as the state's voice on arts advocacy. They have been successful in reducing competitiveness across arts and arts education organizations creating a collaborative environment in which the State Department of Education, the State Arts Council and the Michigan Youth Arts Association have been able to create an arts education agenda for the state. ArtServe also provided direct service to public schools in Detroit without dedicated arts educators through a Comic Book Literacy project in which students produced their own comics and teachers received the professional development needed to continue the work in their schools without additional assistance. A non-profit I am president of has also participated in the Michigan Cultural Data Project. The face to face and webinar support has been invaluable to a small non-profit managing its resources.

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They were the lead partner in the 2001 Michigan Arts Education Survey which provided the state with data related to student participation in the arts and professional development of teachers in the arts. This baseline information was used for the succeeding 10 years. They are now partners in the 2011 Arts Education Census.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Encourage them to remain actively involved in arts education advocacy.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

Artseve Mi is an outstanding and dedicated advocate for the Arts in Michigan. The professional staff works diligently to promote arts in our great state. The Community Arts Leadership Academy has been the highlight of my career in the arts field.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My work as a leader of arts organizations has benefited from there educational programs.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it larger with more funding.

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

With budget funds being cut to so many non-profits, it never fails that detail actions of the affected organization can get lost in the action. Artserve has held its' intregrity and provided the utmost superior service to the arts during these economic times. They are a true advocate to the arts in Michigan.

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As an arts administrative professional seeking to relocate back to my home state, Artserve has been crucial in finding professional leads. The organization has also served as my main link that has kept me current on arts actions evolving with the Michigan.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Keep growing and keep your integrity intact.

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

As a professional artist and retail sales/guest services manager for Midland Center for the Arts, I find Artserve MIchigan Inc. to be a leader in compiling and presenting resources for the benefit of the artistic community of Michigan.
This past October, I was a participating artist in Artprize 2010 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Artserve Michigan was a visible and active supporter of this international event. I had the pleasure to meet, Cezanne Charles, Director of Creative Industries, during a seminar for artists on the business of art. Her knowledge and enthusiasm was compelling. Artserve Michigan was responsible for collaborating with the New York Arts Foundation to bring in this workshop. The timing was perfect as it coincided with the over 1700 artists in town for Artprize.
I regularly check the Artserve website and newsletters for current information that is relevant for artists and art organizations. It is a tremendous opportunity for me, personally, to learn and model myself after the professional members of the staff. Thank you for your tremendous and tireless work for the arts.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I gained knowledge in the best practices for professional artists.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would create more satellite locations in the field for rural artists and small city artists to have access to the resources.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am impressed by the strategic focus, dedicated professionals and broad-ranging outreach at this effective voice for arts advocacy.

Objectives and tactics reflect methodical, ongoing research into the needs of constituents, the interests of supporters and economic realities. Research results are distributed widely, reflecting transparency and a smart approach to coalition-building. Resource development and goals for influencing public policy are pursued with imaginative multi-platform campaigns.

The passion of the executive director and experienced, full-time leadership team is clear and contagious. Artists, art educators and the public statewide are well-served by the dedication and long-term impact of ArtServe Michigan.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Rallying supporters via social media to contribute during a regional foundation's 2010 matching-gifts campaign.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Create a regularly updated blog.

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Artserve Michigan has educated me & others in the arts about our role in informing our legislators about the reasons arts deserve support even in times of economic decline. They've been innovative doing this when all in our state are financially hurting. Whether an actual conference or an e-conference, they produce talking points showing why the arts are crucial to both our state's future & its current economy. Ideas from them were enacted by our legislature & they've kept arts organizations & supporters aware of whom to contact & when contact is needed.

We may not win all our battles to support the arts, but with Artserve MI we at least know what battles need fighting & how to do it. This has kept the arts from being wiped out of funding, preserving a baseline from which recovery may proceed.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing some of my friends stay in MI because the film industry is becoming established here. Prior to this I've seen a departure occur, so it's good to see this reverse. Both recent grads & established artists are encouraged & any encouragement in MI is a major change!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Just keep doing what they're doing & not lose any staff nor ground in their work.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

They serve as a network for artists & organizations, keeping us aware of trends, opportunities, & challenges.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

In my experience with this organization, I have found that all Artserve Michigan staff work tirelessly on behalf of the arts, artists, arts education, and project funding. I'm always impressed with the way they communicate and never fail to disseminate crucial information and updates to the general arts community. I'm happy to be associated with such a fine arts advocacy group!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I attended some of their networking events and workshops.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I honestly can't think of a thing at the moment. They do a great job consistently!

 
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