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 resident’s experience while engaging the local community.  Connecting the resident artists, writers, composers with the local community is one of the major focuses of our program.  Applicants to the residency should review the partners below.  A few residency time slots have a partner that is listed for that specific time slot. If a specific partner is not listed in the application then the applicant can indicate a preference for working with a partner listed below.  In the application there is a box for the applicant to indicate what partnering organization they would like to collaborate with and to describe a proposed community event.  Once a candidate is selected they will work with the Good Hart Artist Residency and a nonprofit partner to better define a community event that works for all parties. 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 the proposed community event with community partners.

2021 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 seven years.  

Artists interested in collaborating with CTAC are encouraged to apply through the Good Hart Artist Residency Program.  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. 

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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

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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. 22 – Oct. 6, 2021

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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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Petoskey District Library

The Petoskey District Library was established in 1905. Proposals for community engagement events such as author readings or workshops would be considered in collaboration with Petoskey District Library.

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Springfed Arts – Lamb’s Retreat for Songwriters

Springfed Arts/Lamb’s Retreat for Songwriters is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization with a mission to educate and inspire in the craft of writing, be it prose or song, the performance of works, spoken or sung.

The organization offers workshops in schools and communities that encourage diverse individual artistic achievement. Collaboration with the Good Hart Residency is specifically tied to Lamb’s Retreat for Songwriters held annually at the Birchwood Inn, Harbor Springs, Michigan. John D. Lamb, executive director of Springfed Arts, invites you to participate in the annual Lamb’s Retreat for Songwriters one of two weekends during your residency at the Good Hart Artist Residency. This collaboration is appropriate for a singer-songwriter who desires an opportunity to network with other songwriters during the GHAR stay and is interested in a potential public performance with other participants at Lamb’s Retreat. Residency dates for Springfed Arts collaboration – November 3 – 21, 2021 (2-week residency with flexible dates between Nov. 3 – 21, 2021)

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Big Water Creative Arts

Big Water Creative Arts is dedicated to promoting the arts in the Great Lakes region through education, instruction, interaction and performance. Why do we all love music? Because it moves us. Because it lifts us up. Because it soothes us. Because it makes our lives better. Because it makes EVERYTHING better. Think of how powerful a gift it is to pass that on to someone. Think of how different our world would be if we could pass that on to ALL human beings. To everyone. THAT’s what we want to do.

Big Water Creative Arts has worked with the Petoskey Montessori Children’s House, Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey, Mackinac Island Public Schools, Mancelona Public Schools, Bergmann Center, Independence Village and other programs and schools in northwest Michigan. We’re continuing on that path, branching out this coming year by providing virtual learning programs for school students, seniors and special needs adults.

Big Water Creative Arts would like to collaborate with a composer/songwriter that is interested in helping us meet these new program goals by engaging with the local community for a half day event.  We would work with the resident to come up with mutually agreed upon programming that provides an enriching experience for the artist as well as the community.

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