Our Partners

The Good Hart Artist Residency works with a variety of local non-profit partners each offering a different opportunity for community engagement.  In keeping with our mission, these partnerships are designed to enhance the artist’s experience while engaging the local community.  Connecting the resident artists and writers with the local community is one of the major focuses of our program.  Applicants to the residency should review the partners below.  In the application to the residency there is a listing of residency time slots and if there is a designated partner for that time slot it will be listed.  If an applicant has a specific interest in collaborating with one or our partners even if it is not indicated for the time slot they should write that into their intent statement in the application.  Artists are encouraged to carefully weigh their own abilities, capacity, and level of interest in collaboration with these partners.  In considering applications for residency, an emphasis is placed on the applicant’s description of proposed collaboration with community partners.

2020  Non-Profit Partners

2020 Partnerships

Crooked Tree Arts Center

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Crooked Tree Arts Center –  is located in the Historic Gaslight District of Petoskey, Michigan and in the Central Neighborhood District of Traverse City, Michigan. The mission of the Crooked Tree Arts Center (CTAC) is to inspire and enrich lives through arts. CTAC has worked in partnership with the Good Hart Artist Residency to host twelve artist residents over the past six years.  

Artists interested in collaborating with CTAC are encouraged to apply through the Good Hart Artist Residency Program.  The K-12 Midwest Art Educator Residency noted below is one opportunity to work with CTAC, and CTAC is open to interest from other artists applying to other Good Hart Artist Residency time slots. CTAC can provide an opportunity for the resident artist to connect with the community through a 1-2 day workshop at their facility in Petoskey. 

CTAC K-12 Midwest Art Educator Residency Program

Residency dates:  July 29-Aug 12, 2020 – In partnership with Crooked Tree Arts Center

Applications will be open to K-12 art educators in the Midwest.

We believe that childhood arts education is critical for the development of well-rounded individuals and that K-12 art teachers are often unaware of or overlooked for artist residency programs. The goal is to give an art teacher the time and space to focus on their own art practice and to refresh themselves so they can be better prepared to go back to the demands of teaching. The selected art educator will  provide a workshop at Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey, Michigan for North Michigan art educators.

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Little Traverse Conservancy

Little Traverse Conservancy –  The Little Traverse Conservancy – a non-profit regional land trust – would like to collaborate with a writer  or artist in partnership with the Good Hart Artist Residency program. The applicant should have an interest in land conservation and environmental issues such as native and invasive species, nurturing a sense of place, sustainable forestry, climate change, and similar relevant topics. The Conservancy would like to provide an opportunity for the resident to connect with the community by conducting an educational event with a school group or the general public on one of the nature preserves in the area, or a similar, mutually agreed upon event.

The mission of the Little Traverse Conservancy is to protect the natural diversity and beauty of northern Michigan by preserving significant land and scenic areas, and fostering appreciation and understanding of the environment. Our service area includes Chippewa, Mackinac, Emmet, Cheboygan, and Charlevoix counties. We Protect Land. Land is a living resource. When it is overdeveloped or misused, we all suffer. This is particularly critical in the North where natural beauty is our principal attraction and most people’s livelihoods are derived in some way from the region’s abundant resources. But in the last century, the landscape has been changing at a much faster rate than it has been protected in its natural state. In the early 1970s, the Little Traverse Conservancy was founded as a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization to take action.

  • More than 270 private properties have been given permanent protection with conservation easements
  • More than 200 nature preserves open to the public
  • Several partnerships with local units of government have protected additional lands now open to the public

Residency dates for LTC collaboration – October 16-30, 2020  These dates may change to allow for a 3-week residency stay but this will not be determined until mid 2020.
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Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan

Mission:  The Women’s Resource Center is committed to equality, justice, and the well-being of women. To that end we will engage and encourage our community to work with us toward those goals.



  • Eliminating the culture of violence
  • Quality programs and services
  • Understanding and respecting our diversity
  • Advocacy for those in need
  • Leadership in our community
  • Integrity in all we do
  • Taking action for social change
  • Yielding positive results

 Vision:  The Women’s Resource Center will be recognized as leaders for social change and respected as a strong voice for women, children and families.  Our community will see us as an inclusive organization known for excellent services, effective programs and a dedicated staff.  We will be responsible stewards and operate a fiscally sound organization, encouraging others to see us as a worthy investment and a valuable community asset.

Collaboration Opportunity:  The Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan would like to collaborate with an artist or writer in a socially engaged art event in the community.  Artist or writer provides a stand-alone workshop, or in combination with a ‘Farm to Table’ dinner, to inspire attendees in the artist’s or writer’s medium-of-choice and how to use this medium to create an image or written work that addresses our vision of providing a strong voice for women, children and families.  We would promote the workshop to our donors, volunteers and WRCNM friends.  The art created during the workshop may be combined to create an art installation that will be displayed within our 5-county service area during October’s Domestic Abuse Awareness Month and/or April’s Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Residency dates for WRCNM collaboration – May 8-22, 2020
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Harbor Inc.

HARBOR, Inc is a regional nonprofit which serves as the voice of the local community, providing resources and technical assistance to local units of government, community organizations and residents in pursuit of improved quality of life.

As a part of its mission, Harbor Inc. runs the Loft Coworking space in downtown Harbor Springs. In conjunction with our emerging artist program, the selected artist will have an opening and show at the Loft Coworkng space during their residency.

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Harbor Springs Festival of the Book

Harbor Springs Festival of the Book

The Harbor Springs Festival of the Book is a three-day celebration of readers, writers, books and the literary craft held the last full weekend of September. Featuring nationally-published authors and illustrators across eight genres, the Festival sessions are held in venues in downtown Harbor Springs. Established in 2016, the Festival’s mission is to inspire readers of all ages and to celebrate the cultural of books in a beautiful part of the world. The Festival programming includes a keynote, panel discussions, authors in conversation, readings, and book signings. The first day of Festival schedule also includes visits to area schools for all picture book, middle grade and young adult presenters. 

The writer selected to collaborate with the Harbor Springs Festival of the Book would be invited to participate in the 2020 Festival activities, held September 25-27, 2020.  Such activities could include a classroom visit, public reading and session panel discussion.

There may be other opportunities outside of the festival weekend for Good Hart Artist Residency resident writers to collaborate with HSFOTB to provide author talks/readings in the Harbor Springs community.

Residency dates for HSFOTB collaboration –  Sept. 23 – Oct. 7, 2020

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Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council 

Mission: The Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council speaks for Northern Michigan’s waters.

We are dedicated to protecting our lakes, streams, wetlands, and groundwater through respected advocacy, innovative education, technically sound water quality monitoring, thorough research, and restoration actions. We achieve our mission by empowering others and we believe in the capacity to make a positive difference. We work locally, regionally and throughout the Great Lakes Basin to achieve our goals.

Water resources in our service area include:

  • More than 2,500 miles of rivers and streams
  • Multiple blue-ribbon trout streams
  • 14 lakes larger than 1,000 acres
  • 38 lakes between 100-1,000 acres
  • 148 lakes that are less than 10 acres
  • 363,998 acres of wetlands according to 2006 Landcover Statistics

Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council is interested in collaborating with a writer or artist.  The residency opportunity is a flexible date, 1-2 week stay scheduled sometime between February 13 – March 26, 2021.  Applicants interested in water related environmental issues are welcome to apply.

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CharEm ISD (Lakeview High School)

Lakeview High School is operated by Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District in partnership with Emmet County Probate Court. It is a positive learning environment where students’ individual needs are considered. To ensure that this will happen, we promote a community of respect. Our mission is to allow juveniles who have experienced difficulties in school the opportunity to earn a diploma, thereby reducing the number of adjudicated juveniles without high school diplomas.

A writer selected for this program would work with a teacher to provide some type of meaningful educational program/writing workshop for the students of Lakeview High School.

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Harbor Springs Library

Open to the Public Since 1894

The mission of the Harbor Springs Library is to foster a love of reading, promote lifelong learning, and enrich our community, young and old, by providing free access to a broad range of resources and programs.

Proposals for community engagement events such as author readings or workshops would be considered in collaboration with Harbor Springs Library.

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We are interested in partnering with other organizations in the Emmet County area.