feb. 22, 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: The Capital City Film Festival gang at the 2022 festival! This year's annual CCFF is April 5-15, 2023. Photo by Alyssa Schultz.)
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.
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. 

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.

Capital City Film Festival announces its Fortnight Film Contest! The competition is for teams of amateur, student and professional filmmakers in Michigan to create a short film for a chance to win some big cash prizes!
Entry fee is $100 and includes two (2) all-access passes to the 2023 Capital City Film Festival ($50 value each). Cash prizes of $5,000+ total March 23, 2023. Competition runs from March 9-23, 2023.

The Village Fine Arts Association 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.

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 be considered. Deadline: May 10, 2023.

Grosse Pointe News in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, announces a call to all Michigan artists for their "Fresh Takes"art contest. Awards include, $1000 1st prize; $500 2nd prize; $500 Gretchen Valade Spirit Award; $500 Readers' Choice Awards. There are three areas of focus this year: Photography, Digital Art and a sneaker art category. Deadline: April 7, 2023.

and beyond...
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. Receive Minimum $100 for participation and up to $20,000 for the grand prize for winner. Required for application: 3-5 examples of previous work for consideration. No fee. Deadline: March 10, 2023.

The Midwest Center for Photography in Wichita, Kansas, seeks entries for a juried photography exhibition, "Nesting." Selected artists will be featured in the gallery and online. Photographs using domestic subject matter, images of people and places we all call home are what make up the images in this exhibition, which will encompass a range of approaches to the concept homemaking. MWCP will print the images at no cost to the artists and frame them using the gallery rental frames. Deadline: March 15, 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 anytime 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!
spring wine around
Join us at Hooked bookstore from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. on March 21, 2023, for conversation around the arts! March 21 is World Poetry Day, so let's talk about poetry. There is so much happening in the poetry community in our region. How can we support it, how can artists and arts and cultural organizations collaborate and support our poets? Let's explore that and more! Get info!
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.

Arts Midwest is seeking a controller to direct and oversee the daily accounting and finance operations. with a focus on financial stability and success of the organization. They are looking for applicants with 5+ years of experience in accounting and finance and know how to manage the finances of an organization with a focus on accuracy, timeliness, and process improvement. This is a remote position. Deadline: February 27, 2023.

Arts Midwest is seeking a national director--USRAO Collective. The United States Regional Arts Organizations (USRAOs) are a collective of six non-profit arts service organizations committed to strengthening America’s infrastructure by increasing access to creativity for all Americans. The USRAO collective includes Arts Midwest, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Mid Atlantic Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, South Arts and Western States Arts Federation. The full-time director will play a critical role in developing and coordinating the shared national programmatic and fundraising vision of the USRAOs as a united national collective. This is a remote position. Deadline: Feb. 28, 2023.
festival volunteers needed
old town needs you
Old Town's Lumberjack Festival "Brrs, Beards & Brews," is returning to Turner St. for 2023, and they need some enthusiastic volunteers who want to channel their inner lumber jack! The festival is from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, in the heart of Old Town. Shifts are available all day from setup, to bartending to check-in and games.
If you have any questions, please email Shannon. Or just grab all the info and sign up!
call for proposals
WOW us!
Send us photos of you engaging creatively. Did you have an art show? Did you play a concert? Did you collaborate on a creative project? We want to know! And we want to share what's happenin' 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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