WHAT WE DO
WHAT WE DO
Provide resources to our membership
Connect creatives with jobs and grants
Offer training for seasoned and rising leaders
Collect and share cultural sector data
Help philanthropists distribute funding
Facilitate artistic use of digital tech
WHO WE SERVE
Our resources are accessible to arts organizations, artists, and collaborators in the seven counties of Southeast Michigan: St. Clair, Macomb, Oakland, Livingston, Washtenaw, Wayne and Monroe.
HOW WE WORK
Our core focus areas are supported by three pillars around which we
center our programmatic focus: Convening, Funding, and Research.
We Connect Leaders, Organizations, and Ideas
Through regular professional development and leadership convenings both virtual and in-person we bring people, organizations, and ideas together to build skills and foster collaboration among the sector.
With discussions on special topics, regular roundtables with arts leaders, and biannual member meetings, our programs provide a space for members to share commonalities in their work and develop new strategies for advancing their missions.
We help fund creative projects and people
Through funding, regranting and fiscal sponsorship initiatives, we collaborate with partners to expediently provide needed funding to bring people, organizations, and ideas that will support our vision of a flourishing cultural sector in Southeast Michigan and beyond.
We have partnered with funders in the sector to provide audience-building opportunities to art organizations, and relief grants to artists suffering financially due to Covid-19. We are also the Wayne County regrantor for the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs minigrants program.
We share knowledge to advance the sector
We regularly engage in practices of research and learning in order to build field knowledge and enhance our work of convening and grantmaking.
In our portfolio of research activities, we are partner of the AEI Lab at Indiana Universtity and have partnerships with arts research firms locally and nationally, including WolfBrown, with whom we participated in the Audience Outlook Monitor of Southeast Michigan.
Our Big Next Step
To better position arts organizations to embrace the difficult demands of adapting to complexity, we’ve acquired the national consulting nonprofit EmcArts. We’re excited to bring their unique program model to Southeast Michigan and empower our peers to create sustainable structure to realize new models of programming.
CultureSource and EmcArts have previously offered learning experiences centered around building the skills needed for adaptive re-imagining through our Innovation Week symposium, and workshops for organizations that train them to do mission-driven work in tandem with rigorous reflection, and strategic investment.