Michigan Legacy Art Park

Where Art, Nature and History Meet

Thompsonville, MI   |  http://www.michlegacyartpark.org

Mission

Michigan Legacy Art Park is a nonprofit arts organization founded by internationally acclaimed artist David Barr in 1995 to enrich lives through experiences that connect art, nature, and Michigan’s history. Contemporary art comes to life in the park’s permanent collection of almost 50 works, located in the midst of a 30-acre forest preserve. The Art Park hosts thousands of visitors and students each year, features miles of trails, world-class outdoor concerts, art and nature workshops, and extensive education programs. It is open every day of the year from dawn to dusk.

Ruling year info

1995

Executive Director

Angela Quinn

Managing Director

Madeline Saucedo

Main address

12500 Crystal Mountain Dr

Thompsonville, MI 49683 USA

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EIN

38-3172005

NTEE code info

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Michigan Legacy Art Park recognizes the value of meaningful experiences in art, nature, and history. There is a need to provide engaging opportunities for people of all ages to connect with these 3 elements. The Art Park aims to address the need for impactful and accessible art experiences in Northern Michigan.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Arts Education

Art Park Educational Programs and Services

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Students

Summer Sounds, Legacy Gala, Golf Classic, and seasonal programs.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Permanent collection, expansion of exhibits, artists in residency, and drop-in workshops.

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers

Preserving and maintaining the 30-acre wooded preserve that the Art Park is located on. The park has 1.6 miles of hiking trails that are available to the public year-round.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of fields trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Arts Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Field Trips and school visits are an integral program of the Art Park. MLAP can provide grants to schools to cover admission fees or bus costs, so all area children have access to arts and culture.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Michigan Legacy Art Park aims "to inspire artists, educators, and students to create works of art and to develop integrated educational programs using these works to provide an exciting and stimulating visual, intellectual, and emotional experience for all visitors" (Barr, 2011). Through collaborative projects, the Art Park aspires to build a stronger community and spread awareness and appreciation for the arts and culture. With this appreciation, individuals will challenge themselves to make connections to history and the world around them.

The Art Park aims to provide hands-on, innovative educational opportunities for students everywhere. Through our educational programs, students will be inspired to create, discover, and reflect. Students will build critical thinking skills, enjoy the physical and emotional benefits of the outdoors, and will hopefully discover an appreciation for the arts and culture.

Through our programs, we aim to be a consistent and invaluable resource for artists in our community. Musicians, writers, sculptors, and all who identify as an artist will benefit from the Art Park by either showcasing their works, being inspired to create, or by performing at our park. The Art Park aims to recognize the impactful contributions artists have made for our world, and the benefits their creativity has provided for centuries.

Michigan Legacy Art Park believes in collaborative projects. By working with local artists, businesses, and schools, the Art Park will ensure that its programs and services reflect best practices and address current issues.

Our dedicated Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers consist of professionals with diverse backgrounds and expertise. The combination of these skillsets improves the organization's capabilities in a multitude of ways. The Art Park has built strong and reliable relationships with local artists, businesses, and schools creating a foundation for quality, collaborative projects to exist. Michigan Legacy Art Park continues to expand its outreach and scope of the programs and services offered to spread awareness and appreciation of the arts and culture to a broader audience. Connections throughout the state of Michigan have made it possible for the Art Park to gain insight and share ideas with professionals far beyond Northwest Lower Michigan. With these connections, we have been able to bring in artists, educators, and students from all over the state. The Art Park's capabilities continue to grow.

The Art Park hosts works from 31 artists, with a collection of more than 50 major works of art and 30 poetry stones. Michigan Legacy Art Park continues to explore ways to expand its collection and broaden the diversity of its exhibits.

The Art Park provides 2 miles of hiking trails that can be enjoyed year-round. Through snowshoe tours, cross-country skiing, and hiking, outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the recreation of the trails while also observing artwork. We make it a priority to ensure that people of all abilities can appreciate the park’s trail system. Our ADA-guided trail and available golf cart tours make it possible for everyone to access this experience.

We are connected to our community and supporters in innovative and impactful projects. Through our unique public and private partnership with Crystal Mountain Resort to lease our 30-acre outdoor home, to our program collaborations with Dennos Museum Center, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Walk of Art Elk Rapids, Oliver Art Center, The Boardman Review and others.

Every year, Michigan Legacy Art Park hosts a renowned summer concert series. Summer Sounds brings together local musicians like Joshua Davis and The Accidentals to provide a moving outdoor concert experience in Northern Michigan.

In addition to our summer concert series, the Art Park hosts an annual Legacy Gala. This signature fundraiser event recognizes impactful contributions to the arts and culture sector with the Legacy Award. Past recipients include Charles McGee, Marsha Smith, Doug and Anne Stanton, and other community leaders and artists over the 10-year history of the award.

Designing for the future, we will continue to expand our accessibility through updated and inclusive signage for the visually impaired, deaf community, and for visitors whose first language is not English. We will make our educational materials available to all educators, students, and families by offering our resources online and by exploring digitization techniques that will improve a user’s experience. Through collaborative efforts, the Art Park will expand its existing collection and diversify its exhibits to ensure our outdoor museum represents all who have been a part of Michigan’s history.


Awards:

President’s Plaque, Keep Michigan Beautiful 2014
Governor’s Award for Innovative Tourism Collaboration, 2009
Great Lakes Cultural Award, Michigan Association of Community Arts Agencies, 2004
E. Ray Scott Award, Artserve Michigan for Educational Art Park Programs, 2005
Governor’s Arts Award to Crystal Mountain for Art Park Partnership, 1998
Community Arts Award, Traverse Area Arts Council, 1995

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Michigan Legacy Art Park

Board of directors
as of 06/07/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Terry Tarnow

Chemical Bank

Term: 2021 - 2023

Mary-Ann Cheney

Ret. Fund Development Professional

Terry Tarnow

Ret. Dennos Museum Center Staff

Maree Mulvoy

CEO MR Products, Inc.

Thomas Dawson

Ret. DDS

Marilyn Wheaton

Ret. Executive Director Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum

Ryan Standfast

Visiting Assistant Professor of Painting & Drawing, Oakland University, Publisher & Editor, Rotland Press

Chip Rice

Director of Marketing, Interlochen Center for the Arts

Kathyrose Pizzo

Artist, Instructor in sculpture and core areas of the Art Department at Wayne State University

Tracie MacPherson

MA Museum Studies, Docent Dennos Museum

Sammie Lukaskiewicz

VP of Marketing, Crystal Mountain Resort

Barry Levine

Attorney, specializes in Native American Law and Environmental Law

Amanda Igra

Music Instructor, Board President, Old Mission School

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/27/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/27/2020

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.