feb. 8, 2023
Creative Connection is your bi-weekly member-exclusive newsletter, providing opportunities such as grants, workshops, calls to artists, jobs, resources and more! (Pictured above: Old Town Lansing's Brrs, Beards, & Brews: A Lumberjack Festival. This year's festival is March 4, 2023 from noon - 5 p.m. Photo by Chamberlin photography.
The world needs you and your creativity, now and every day, so please keep making art, seeking out opportunities, going to those auditions and submitting those applications.
last call y'all
last call for renewal!
We hate to say it, but here it is...this is your LAST CHANCE to renew your membership before this email and member page on our website gets the "pause" treatment. So if you hate goodbyes the way we do, it is seriously time to renew. And the good news is, to save you from any oversights next year, we now have an auto-renew option for you to take advantage of for the future. Talk about peace of mind...this will end all those sleepless nights of wondering...hmmm..."Did I renew my Arts Council membership?" Y'all can rest assured, that we don't want to say so long to anyone! So here's to renewing and staying in the loop with all your arts and culture news and peeps. And if you already renewed, then thank you so much and congratulations! We are so happy you are here getting all the goodness!
calls to artists
ScrapFest is excited to announce that applications for ScrapFest 13 competition are now live! The 2023 ScrapFest event will be held on Friday, July 14, (along with Arts Night Out) and Saturday, July 15. They are seeking those interested in entering the sculpture competition and/or having an eco-art booth at the ScrapFest event. Competition deadline: March 18, 2023. Art booth Deadline: April 1, 2023. 

Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center, in partnership with the City of Lansing, announces a call to artists for the 6th annual ArtPath River Trail Exhibition. More than two and a half miles of the Lansing River Trail will highlight talented Michigan artists at multiple scenic and historic locations through the heart of downtown Lansing. Artwork of all media is eligible, including natural materials, murals, paintings, sculptures, and fiber installations. Deadline: Feb. 15, 2023.

Riverwalk Theatre is seeking an artist volunteer to help paint backdrops for their upcoming production of "Peter and the Starcatcher." Those interested should contact Brian Farnham at rwt@riverwalktheatre.com. Deadline: April 1, 2023.

The Village Fine Arts Association in Milford, Michigan, seeks submissions for its 31st annual Poetry Art Night (PAN) competition and exhibit to be held at the Suzanne Haskew Arts Center. PAN is a visual arts and poetry competition and sale. Artists are invited to enter their 2- or 3-dimensional artwork, accompanied by a poem. All entered artwork must be inspired by, or related to, a poem and must be accompanied by that poem. Entered work is reviewed with poetry selection. Entered poetry may be written by the artist or commissioned poet, or can be previously published. Deadline: March 17, 2023.

Grosse Pointe Artist Association in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, is seeking entries for its "Green" exhibition. Green, being the color of nature, represents growth, harmony, fertility and freshness. It is the most restful and relaxing color to the eye, yet there is the "green-eyed monster" in Shakespearean plays and the phrase "turning green with envy." Green can be expressed in many ways, it's all up to you and your interpretation. Deadline: Feb. 27, 2023.

Higher Art Gallery in Traverse City, Michigan, is seeking artwork for their summer small group exhibit, "Great Bodies," Images of Michigan conjure the shape of our state, (a mitten) surrounded by The Great Lakes, but also consider the hundreds of Inland Lakes, streams, rivers and wetlands which flow to the larger bodies. This is what makes Michigan so special. Paintings, pastels, drawings, watercolor (all wet and dry mediums), mixed media, sculpture and other mediums will also be considered. Deadline: May 10, 2023.

and beyond...
The City of Springfield/Springfield Art Museum in Springfield, Missouri, seeks entries for its juried watercolor exhibition, "Watercolor USA 2023." Artwork must be original, executed after Jan. 1, 2022, and not previously shown at the Museum. A maximum of two artworks per artist may be submitted. The Museum is particularly interested in artists who utilize watercolor in intriguing ways, in terms of both imagery and process. Deadline: Feb. 22, 2023.

Praxis Gallery, Photo Arts Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, seeks entries for its juried photography exhibition "The Still Life." Praxis Gallery seeks the submission of photographic art that investigates the genre of the Still Life. Submissions may explore classical to conceptual aspects of the still life, photographing object arrangements that intrigue, engage or entertain the viewer. All genres, capture types, color and black & white, traditional and non-traditional photographic and digital post-production processes are welcome for submission. Deadline: Feb. 28, 2023.

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, seeks artists for their "Midsummer Festival of the Arts." Cash awards will be given. The Festival is open to all artists eighteen years of age and older. All works on display must be for sale. No commission will be taken by the Arts Center. Artists may exhibit works in up to two categories if they are accepted in those categories. Deadline: March 1, 2023. 

Discover Wauwatosa seeks artists for "ART 64," a two-day interactive live painting bracket-style tournament, held June 9 and 10, 2023, at The Village of Wauwatosa in Wisconsin. Awards: Receive minimum $100 for participation, up to $20,000 grand prize for winner. Required: 3-5 examples of previous work for consideration. No fee. Deadline: March 10, 2023.
chats and learning
march grant chat
Join us on March 14, 2023, at Biggby Coffee on Elmwood Drive in Lansing for a Grant Chat! Stop by any time between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to talk about grants, membership, project ideas and more! Specific grant application questions? We've got you! Our membership and program manager, Taylor Haslett, will be there waiting for you to stop in and pull up a chair! Learn more!
join the arts action fund
As an artist or arts organization leader, it's important to know what is happening big picture!

Where is funding coming from? What is the overall impact of arts and culture on our region's economy? How many jobs do the arts create? How do the arts help keep kids in school?

And this is just the beginning of all there is to know about arts advocacy and you! You can join the Arts Action Fund for free and get updates, a newsletter, access to conversations online and many other benefits. Learn more!
on the horizon
Don't forget to check our Events Calendar for upcoming arts and cultural festivals and events in our area! If you know an organization or event organizer who should be a member of our Festival Alliance, have them contact Taylor at taylor@lansingarts.org for more info.
career opportunities
Impression 5 Science Center is seeking an exhibition fabricator specialist. This is a one-year temporary position with full-time hours. Applicants must be familiar with using hand tools and power tools, be creative thinkers, have previous fabrication experience and excellent multi-tasking skills. Deadline: Until Filled.

Impression 5 Science Center is seeking a summer L.A.B.S. instructor. This is a full-time/temporary position from May - August. Applicants must enjoy working with children, have experience in informal education, science and customer service and strong communication skills. Deadline: Until Filled.

REACH Studio Art Center is seeking an enthusiastic, dedicated individual to succeed the current executive director, carrying on the leadership of the organization, sustaining and furthering its mission in the community. The new executive director will, in collaboration with the board of directors, REACH staff and community partners, creatively and strategically expand their stakeholders (staff, volunteers, donors, participants) and their programming to accomplish their mission, activating and leveraging the potential of the newly expanded facility. Deadline: Until Filled.
call for proposals
you did what??!!
We know you are doing cool things! So WOW us! Send us photos of you making creative connections. Did you have an art show, play a concert, have a festival, collaborate on a creative project? Well we want to share it here, in this bi-weekly newsletter. Let all of your fellow members know what you are creating and doing. Share the love! Email dawn@lansingarts.org with all the goods.
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