Our Partners

The Good Hart Artist Residency works with a variety of local 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.  Applicants to the residency should review the partners below and include their preference to work with a particular partner in their application for residency.  Artists are encouraged to carefully weigh their own abilities, capacity and level of interest in collaboration with these partners.

2018 Partnerships

crooked tree logoCrooked 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 Klco family in Good Hart to host nine artist residents over the past four years.  CTAC is currently exhibiting the works of all nine past resident artists in the Fresh AIR Exhibition in the CTAC Gilbert Gallery in Petoskey.

During the summer of 2018, Crooked Tree Arts Center will exhibit the work of two women artists Susan Offield and Cynthia Rutherford. With women in art being a thematic focus, artists interested in collaborating with CTAC are encouraged to apply through the Good Hart Artist Residency Program.  CTAC will provide an opportunity for the resident artist to connect with the community through a 1-2 day workshop at their facility in Petoskey.  CTAC will pay the artist for the workshop based on a typical tuition split of 65% to the instructor and 35% to CTAC.


Harbor Inc. – The Harbor Area Regional Board of Resources, Inc. (HARBOR, Inc.) is a citizen based, non-profit, Michigan Corporation founded in 2001.

HARBOR, Inc in support of the arts will provide an emerging artist a business work space and mentorship opportunities on the business of art during their 2 week stay at the Good Hart Artist Residency.   The selected artist’s work would be exhibited at The Loft Coworking Space on Main Street in downtown Harbor Springs, Michigan.

HARBOR, Inc. is a citizen based, non-profit Michigan Corporation formed as a result of grass-roots effort by concerned local citizens focusing on technology development, recreation and alternative transportation, and community engagement and development.  HARBOR, Inc. serves the greater Harbor Springs area including residents and property owners of the City of Harbor Springs and the Townships of Cross Village, Friendship, Little Traverse, Pleasantview, Readmond, and West Traverse.  For more information, please visit www.harborinc.org.

LTC logoLittle Traverse Conservancy –  The Little Traverse Conservancy – a non-profit regional land trust – would like to collaborate with an artist in partnership with the Good Hart Artist Residency program. This artist 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 artist to connect with the public by conducting a plein air workshop on one of the nature preserves in the area, or teaching an art/writing class as part of our summer community field trip series, 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

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.

 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 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 the following question:

 How would you conceptualize a world where all men and boys are loving and respectful and all women and girls are valued and safe.

 We would promote the workshop to our donors, volunteers and WRCNM friends.  The art created during the workshop will 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.

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