I/ACT Newsletter March 23, 2011
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Next I/ACT meeting Reminder  - Image and Arts Council of Troy
Monday March 28, 2011  1:30 pm - Troy Public Library 

We'll discuss the the Art Marketing seminar and I/ACT fundraiser to be held at  Leon and Lulu's, the Rust Belt to Arts Belt event, I/ACT's Regional Arts Award  and the ArtXDetroit Cultural Arts Festival.  

The I/ACT meeting is free - and anyone interested in the Arts in Troy is encouraged to attend. Visit our website at www.TroyArts.org.  If I/ACT members have news items to post, please email to info@troyarts.org by the 15th of the month. 

Paint Creek  Center for the Arts - Regional Arts  & Culture Awards

I/ACT honored with the City of Troy Mayor's Award !    Thursday March 24th 


The Paint Creek Center for the Arts has organized a Regional Arts & Culture Award program. The mayors for eight municipalities (Auburn Hills, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Oakland Twp, Orion Twp, Shelby Twp, Washington Twp and Troy) have selected an individual or organization to receive this first annual award.

Event Date: Thursday, March 24, 2011   Time: Social Hour Starting at 6PM
Location: Royal Park Hotel - 600 E University Drive Rochester Michigan
Ticket Price: $50 per person  More details on Paint Creek's Website.

Thanks to all of the I/ACT members who have worked so hard to make this possible! 


Leon and Lulu's 5th birthday party is Friday, April 1st!
To celebrate, they are holding a "Let Them Eat Cake" baking extravaganza with a twist. Contestants will be challenged to create delicious desserts that also meet diabetic standards. There is no cost to enter or attend. Click here for the entry form. Kate Lawson of the Detroit News will determine the winner.

Leon and Lulu is located at  96 W 14 Mile in Clawson

More Leon and Lulu's News:    Next I/ACT Fundraiser - Courtesy  of Leon and Lulu's.

Date: Friday, June 10th  6 to 8 pm

Topic: "Sell It - A Quick Course on How to Market Your Art" - Panel Discussion and Q & A

The event is still in the planning process and there will be a charge.  Mary Liz Curtin and two additional prestigious local art retailers will offer their expertise about how to successfully and professionally sell your creations. Artsy refreshments and tasty snacks will be served.  Mary Liz Curtin, the owner of Leon and Lulu's is a nationally recognized speaker on retail sales and marketing. She is also a great supporter of the arts and artists!  

"From Rust Belt to Arts Belt" Creative Arts Event / Seminar

  - Engage in the Arts Belt Movement
  - Network With Creative Leaders
  - Discover Detroit's Assets
  - Over 50 Speakers and Panelists

Schedule: 8am-4pm on April 6 and 8am-5pm on April 7th.  However, more parties and events are scheduled until late each evening - check their website for details. There is also an evening "kick off" event on April 5th. Cost $80 total for the two day seminar. Location: Taubman Center for Design Excellence at the Center for Creative Studies. Here are links for Schedule , SpeakersRegistration.  

The event is being put together in conjunction with the inaugural  Art X Detroit Festival
which celebrates artistic excellence and Detroit's creative spirit. The midtown event runs from April 6 - 10th and features Kresge Fellowship winners from visual, literary and performing arts.

Becky and Ramona at Michigan Artisans are sponsoring another Youtique event.  Booth fees are $30 for Members and $40 for non-members.  Visit Youtique-Detroit.com for more information.

Event Date:   Saturday April 16, 2011  9am  - 3pm

Location:       D'Amato's Restaurant in Royal Oak.       




Paint A Miracle's Sixth Annual Spring Luncheon
Wednesday, May 18th 11:30 to 1PM
Location: Royal Park Hotel in downtown Rochester

This organization began operation in 2002 and now maintains a gallery in downtown Rochester. They specialize in helping people with disabilities develop their artistic potential.  Paint a Miracle is connected to I/ACT via local artist and I/ACT member Cynthia Buchanan. Read more about Paint A Miracle's history and call for tickets at 248-652-2702. 

Larry Zdeb Report        


Larry has so many things going - he has his own section this month.

TWO of his artworks were selected for the Michigan Fine Arts Competition!
The event will be held at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center and the opening is on Friday April 1st from 6 to 8pm.  BBAC has assembled a comprehensive webpage showing most of the selected artworks.

Larry is also an expert on the Lone Ranger old time radio show and its connection to Detroit history.  On Sunday April 10th at 2pm at the
Lorenzo Cultural Center of Macomb College, Larry will be giving a presentation about  the Lone Ranger and the actors who portrayed the masked man.   

Larry's TV show "Marketing Your Art - the Power of Friends  - Part Two" is currently running on CMNTV (Channel 18 on Wow and Comcast in Oakland County).
Showtimes are 8:30pm-Wed, 1pm-Fri and 10pm-Sat.

New Artists   


Three new artists attended I/ACT in February. They were Patti Fleischman, Sue Murdock and Debbie Antoniolli. Links to their websites are provided. Thank you for joining I/ACT!     

More Items of Interest

Subscribe to these newsletters if you want  info about the local creative community:
SE Michigan StartUp Alerts - (New Economy Initiative) - business leads and some art topics.
Metromedia.com / Metromode - News articles about Michigan's creative community.
Positive Detroit - Good news about the creative community in metro Detroit.
I Am Young Detroit.com - Young creatives help to revitalize the city.

Add your ideas:
Oakland County Ideas Project - Suggest ways to make Oakland County better.

Monocle - New International Arts & Culture show on the Bloomberg Financial News Network.
Detroit Lives mural artist Philip Lauri was recently featured. View Monocle's web page for this episode - look for Part Two - Monocle Briefing at the bottom of the page. The Detroit story starts at 1:10.

Detroit creatives on the radio:

This recent Michigan Radio show  describes how metro Detroit artists are helping to improve their communities.   More radio shows about local arts can be found here

Art Event Links 
Artprize 2011 kicks off with dedicated performance space.

I/ACT Meeting Dates for 2011

We have meeting dates set for the Troy Library through April 2011.  
The meeting schedule (last Monday of each month) is listed below.

Contact Linda Shears (linda@lindashears.com) or Charlene Brown  248-813-0234 with any meeting questions. Meeting time: 1:30 pm and usually lasting until 3pm. 

  • March 28
  • April 25

I/ACT Contact Names

Linda Shears - I/ACT Committee Chair  linda@lindashears.com

Charlene Brown - Newsletter / Website : Phone 248-813-0234 or info@troyarts.org.
I/ACT Website:  www.TroyArts.org