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Top of Michigan Trails Council

Michigan has the largest network of rail trails in the country. Top of Michigan Trails Council helps that effort by empowering and supporting the efforts of local trail groups and providing guidance to trail communities throughout the state on how to market themselves as trail-friendly destinations for tourists.

Crooked Tree Arts Center

When a meeting was held in the basement of the Petoskey Library one cold winter evening for people “interested in the arts,” attendance was thin. Exactly seven local residents and one member of the Michigan Council for the Arts showed up. But the seeds took root. More than 40 years later, executive director Liz Ahrens describes the resulting Crooked Tree Arts Center as a true community art center with multilayered financial and volunteer support, more than 2,000 members and twelve full-time staff.

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