Lake Huron Discovery Tour

Oct. 9 – 12, 2015

All along the shore from Standish to Mackinaw City, special events will be celebrating the Columbus Day holiday.

Inspiration Alcona will offer short painting lessons for kids and adults, as well as cosponsor showings at the Harrisville library of the short film “The Teacher and the Student,” written and produced by Alcona resident Mary Ellen Jones.

Dance Alcona

Contra Dances
in Fall and Winter 

Party like it’s 1815 at an all-ages Contra dance, held each month at the Lincoln Senior Center. This easy-to-learn dance style is the original version of modern line and square dances. 
Learn more 

Alcona GospelFest

April 30, 2016

Over 200 people came to sing or listen at the 2015 inaugural Alcona Gospelfest at Harrisville United Methodist Church. The choir numbered 34, including soloists, plus four musicians and there were 160 people in the audience.

We’re planning even more fun for 2016.
Click here for photos of the April 25, 2015, Gospelfest

Alcona Writers Retreat

Coming back in 2016

Two prominent Michigan writers of fiction and memoirs led students to discover their own stories and how to tell them.

This event will repeat in 2016 at a date to be determined.
Click here to see photos of the 2015 writers retreat

Live Art at the Harbor

July 14, 2016

Bring a kid for a day of exciting two-hour art lessons, or just bring yourself for short, fun sessions with experienced local artists. Click below to see what went on at the 2015 event.
Learn more, and see photos from 2015

Alcona Arts Retreat

Sept. 8 – 11, 2016

Art camp for adults features 3-day workshops in plein air painting, basket-making, printmaking, silver jewelry making, songwriting, painting with collage and poetry writing.
Learn more or sign up

About us

We’re a 501c3 arts organization dedicated to the idea that our friendly rural beauty can be the basis of a new economic base for Alcona County. We encourage art and cultural activity for visitors and for ourselves.
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Inspiration Alcona 
PO Box 506
Lincoln, MI 48742

or call 989-736-3000

Community Dance At the Harbor

July 14, 2016

The Chicken Pluckers Band played at the 2015 edition of this dance. 

Learn more, and see photos from 2015

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Inspiration Alcona

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We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization providing art and cultural activities to Alcona County, both to help artists discover the natural beauty of the area and to enhance economic vitality of the community. We’re making our county a better place to live. We thank our major partners and granting agencies shown below for their support.

Paint Your Own Masterpiece

Give everyone in the family an art break during the Lake Huron Discovery Tour. In less than an hour, each person traveling with you can create a piece of artwork to take home and show off. Simple enough for kids, interesting enough for older kids at heart, this is an excellent, inexpensive way to put extra fun into the course you've charted for the Discovery Tour. Among the things to be painted are squiggly lizards for the youngest, treasure boxes for everyone with stuff to store, and canvasses ready to be painted with fall leaves and dreamcatcher images.

Visit Inspiration Alcona and CobbyGoose artists at Harbortown Marketplace, 410 E Main in downtown Harrisville, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. October 10. Turn east off US-23 at the only stoplight in Alcona County, then look for the Inspiration Alcona banner outside the marketplace, on your right opposite the grocery store.

And don't forget to stop at the Dragonfly Gallery as you pass to or from the painting site. Artists will be outdoors and indoors on both sides of the street, featuring a real birchbark canoe and other nature-based work handmade by artist Jim Miller.