Michigan Culture Link

Statewide Arts/Culture Directory

The Michigan Association of Community Arts Agencies now offers an on-line version of its database of over 3,000 arts and cultural organizations from all parts of Michigan. The directory allows searches for organizations by name, city, county, discipline and programs/services and provides limited profiles of organizations that match search criteria. Organization representatives can also update information in their on-line profiles.

Disaster Preparedness Available On-Line

Preserving our cultural heritage is a vital task of museums, libraries, archives and historical societies.

A Disaster Preparedness Web Site is now available, offering essential information to organizations and individuals who collect art objects, books, papers, and other valuable cultural artifacts.

The site features:

  • a checklist for disaster planning,
  • information on handling and recovering from calamities such as fire, flood, earthquake and mold,
  • an extensive list of Michigan suppliers offering special services, such as sources for refrigerating and drying wet objects or art conservators.

The site is the latest project of the Michigan Alliance for conservation of Cultural Heritage, a statewide organization of libraries, archives, museums, historical societies and preservation networks founded in 1988. The Detroit Institute of Arts developed and maintains it for the Alliance.

The Alliance's goals are to promote public discussion among citizens of the value of our cultural resources; to be active advocates of conservation through workshops and public forums; help statewide organizations coordinate attention to the jeopardized condition of Michigan's cultural artifacts, and to foster action by individuals, organizations and government to ensure the vitality and continuity of our cultural heritage.

For more information, see the site or contact Susan Bandes, Alliance president, at 517/353-9836 or Barbara Heller, head conservator, Detroit Institute of Arts at 313/833-7834.

A cooperative on-line service of
Michigan Council for Arts
and Cultural Affairs Michigan Humanities
Council H-net: Humantites & Social Sciences OnLine