The mission

Mission Statement

We build cultural opportunities in Alcona County to make our county a destination and home for creative people of all kinds.


Inspiration Alcona, Inc., is committed to the premise that the natural beauty of the area will serve as a perfect backdrop for those wishing to engage in creative pursuits. By utilizing what the community has to offer by way of natural beauty and inspiration, to host educational seminars, workshops and other events of various types so that people who wish to engage in those pursuits will be drawn to the area and will thereby enhance and revitalize the economic vitality of the community.

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 through the arts 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. By 2020 Inspiration Alcona had expanded to include not only the annual Alcoona Arts Retreat and an annual school presentation or two, but also the annual Lost Lake Writers Retreat, the annual Alcona Small Farms Conference, weekly after-school art, guitar and ukulele lessons for Alcona students, the twice-monthly Alcona Authors workshop group, the weekly Art for Adults sessions, the weekly Dockside Jams music nights, the annual Summer Art for Youth, as well as occasional concerts, film showings, dances, author readings and more events.

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 fourth 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 at the regular time.

Photo credits

The photos on this site were shot by a number of people, including Ted Fines of Ted Fines Photography, Joe Thomas, Judy St. John, Michelle Mercoullier, Mary Ellen Jones, Ron Casper, Meg Nesbit, Will St. John, Ron Lamrock and others.