We’re a 501c3 arts organization dedicated to the idea that the friendly rural beauty of Alcona County can help us develop a new economic base. We encourage art and cultural activity for visitors and for our neighbors.
Inspiration Alcona grew out of a 2011 MSU Extension conference on local leadership. The founding board members were all part of that experience, which encouraged not just learning about leadership but actually taking on and completing a project.
The first event we held was the 2012 Alcona Arts Retreat in September of that year, which drew 37 students to a variety of classes. The second was a program for elementary students at Alcona Community Schools that used American dance styles through history to connect with social and political events of their times.
Since we gained federal recognition as a 501c3 group in 2013, we have been able to obtain support from individuals and community groups, state arts and humanities grants and other foundations to expand our art and cultural offerings to Alcona County. We owe many thanks to these supporters for trusting us in our earliest years and in continuing to back our efforts. We are also grateful to our various partners over the years who have cosponsored or otherwise joined us in programs.
We are proud to carry the platinum Guidestar designation from that charitable overseer and the Sunrise Coast Pure Michigan seal. We also participate in the Data Arts organization's review of charitable organizations. Reports from both Guidestar and Data Arts about Inspiration Alcona are available by clicking on the appropriate button below.
Board meetings are generally held at 5:15 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Harrisville branch of the Alcona County Library, 314 W. Main Street. The meetings are open to the public. Meetings are occasionally rescheduled when they fall near holidays or when too many members cannot attend the regular time.
About the photos on this site: Ted Fines shot most of the images for us, including almost all of the page-top photos. Other event photos come from a variety of people, including Joe Thomas, Judy St. John, Michelle Mercoullier, Mary Ellen Jones, Ron Casper, Meg Nesbit, Ron Lamrock and a few others.