Arts & Culture Funds


The Arts and Culture Fund supports greater access to arts and cultural experiences in Charlevoix County.  In the spring and fall, awards are presented to non-profit organizations to provide opportunities in Charlevoix County for the public to enjoy or participate in arts, music, dance, theater, and more.  C3F grants also help to preserve what makes our community special, and has supported oral history projects, the digitization of photos and historical documents, and the preservation of physical spaces around Charlevoix County.

Because the Arts and Culture Fund is endowed, it will continue to grow and provide grant dollars for these kinds of programs and projects and more, both now and into the future.  Contributions to the Arts and Culture Fund join together, resulting in greater impact for this community we love.

Photo above: An exhibit of items created by local artists on display at Jordan River Arts Council.

Bonnie Staffel Fund for arts & culture

Bonnie Staffel is an artist: a sculptor, potter, painter, teacher.  She has lived and worked in many places – including Texas, Illinois, Ohio, North Carolina, Mississippi, and Michigan.  “I've always been in art, ever since I was a little girl. I had always wanted to be an artist for work and I pursued that as my goal," she said.

Bonnie explains that she was going to art fairs to sell her work when a gallery in Traverse City showed interest in carrying her pieces. Through that opportunity, Bonnie and her husband became acquainted with Northern Michigan.  "We started looking for a place to open up a shop and we took five vacations up here and ultimately ended up in Charlevoix," she said.  For 20 years, Bonnie and her husband owned their gallery in Norwood, now the location of the Cycling Salamander.

The Bonnie Staffel Fund for Arts and Culture was established by her daughter, Marell Staffel, and many friends, in honor of Bonnie’s 80th birthday.  The Fund has supported visual art exhibits, hands-on arts experiences, and more since 2001.  Because the Fund is endowed, Bonnie’s contribution to the arts will be honored into the future, for generations to come.

(Excerpts were taken from Petoskey News Review article of January 9, 2017 by Sean Miller)



More funds that support Arts & Culture

Andrew Lonyo Fund
     Provides support for the Charlevoix Historical Society and Harsha House Museum

Arts and Culture Fund
Provides support for arts and cultural programs, projects and services

Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association Funds
Supports the mission of the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association

Beaver Island Historical Society Fund
     Supports the operations and programs of the Beaver Island Historical Society

Bonnie Staffel Fund for Arts & Culture
    Provides support for arts and cultural program, projects and services

Boyne City Booster Foundation - Performing Arts Fund
     Supports the performing arts programs at Boyne City Public Schools

Charlevoix Historical Society Fund
     Supports the operations and programs of the Charlevoix Historical Society

Charlevoix Historical Society Preservation Fund
     Supports the long-term care and protection of the Society's facilities and collections

Crooked Tree Arts Center Cultural Fund
     Supports the mission of the Crooked Tree Arts Center

East Jordan Historical Society Endowment Fund
     Supports the East Jordan Historical Society's museum and mission

Helen Hoffman Collar Memorial Fund
      Benefits the general operations of the Beaver Island Historical Society

Jordan River Arts Council Building Fund   
Dedicated to supporting the facility needs of the Jordan River Arts Council

Jordan River Arts Council Fund
Supports the mission of the Jordan River Arts Council

Wisser-Saworski Endowment for the Arts
Provides support for programs, projects and services around the classical arts