jan. 11, 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: Arts Council membership and program manager Taylor Haslett with artist members Steph Joy Hogan and Daniel J. Hogan at our 2022 Spring Creative Mixer.)
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
The Arts Council announces a call to teachers for its Young Creatives Billboard Project. Teachers and homeschool educators who work with students ages K-12 in the Ingham, Eaton, or Clinton school districts are invited to submit one student artwork that is suitable for a digital billboard. The project launches in March 2023 and runs for a full month. Deadline: Jan. 30, 2023.

Foster Community Center in Lansing, Michigan, announces a call to local Eastside Lansing, Lansing and Greater Lansing artists who would like to exhibit their work in a small display case located in the Center. Chosen artist's work will be displayed for one to two months at a time. Artists who would like to sell their artwork could include contact info and instructions at the display. There is no formal application process. Interested artists should contact senior clerk Zacharie Spurlock with inquiries.

LowellArts in Lowell, Michigan, is seeking applications for the "37th Annual West Michigan Art Competition," highlighting outstanding artwork by Lower West Michigan artists who reside in a 25-county region. Artwork in any visual art media can be submitted by artists 18 years and older. Artists may submit one piece for consideration by the juror. Deadline: Feb. 1, 2023.

Lakeshore Art Festival held in beautiful downtown Muskegon, Michigan, is seeking artists for their annual, nationally recognized, festival, which features a unique blend of fine art, handcrafted goods, music, food and fun. Guests will enjoy a juried fine art and craft fair, as well as vibrant streets brimming with unique artisan food products, children's activities, entertainment and more! Deadline: Feb. 1, 2023.

and beyond...
Art Show International Gallery announces a call to artists for an online art exhibition. Up to $2,000 in cash prizes. Certificates of Recognition will be given to all, including Honorable Mention and Finalist awards. Global exposure and social media promotion guaranteed. For this animal theme, feel free to represent any animal, from the teeny-tiny insects to the massive blue whales, and even fictional, mythological or imagined creatures. All media considered - painting, sculpture, digital, printmaking, fiber, photography, graphic, mixed media, installation. There is a $10 submission fee. Deadline: Jan. 15, 2023.

Camelback Gallery announces a call to artists for a three-month online exhibition. Opportunities include, cash awards, social promotion, e-blast promotion, Camelback website main-page promotion, virtual award exhibition, top artist award video and award certificates. All subject matter and styles allowed. Artwork must be an oil painting. Deadline: Jan. 15, 2023. 

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for its "12th Annual All Women" online juried art competition. The gallery invites women artists, regardless of where they reside, to apply to this competition by submitting their best representational or abstract art. There is no theme, so any subject matter and any media are acceptable for consideration. Deadline: Jan. 27, 2023.

Hamilton County Artists Association and Nickel Plate Arts in Noblesville, Indiana, announce a call to artists for the "2nd Annual Midwest Juried Exhibit." This fine art competition is open to artists 18 years and older who are residents of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota or Wisconsin. Deadline: Feb. 1, 2023. 

Art Fluent invites artists worldwide to submit artwork to their online exhibit, "Art-SHE." Throughout the ages, women have held the world on their shoulders. Femininity conjures up deep emotions and feelings that are as vast and varied as there are people. Show us SHE from your perspective.
Deadline: Feb. 3, 2023.

Webster Arts Fair seeks submissions from across the country for its annual fair held at the Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, Missouri. Eligible media includes ceramics/clay, digital, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, 2-dimensional mixed media, 3-dimensional mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture, wood, works on paper (drawing /printmaking). Deadline: Feb. 7, 2023.
chats and learning
arts finances and you
Join us at MICA on Jan. 25, 2023, at 3:00 p.m. along with financial professional and benefits consultant Andrea Binoniemi. She will explore the basics of financial planning both as a part-time and full-time artist, helping you to plan for the future. Her work at Centennial Group has equipped her with all the tools to ensure you’re aligning your financial goals with your artistic ones. Learn more and register! 
pull up a chair...
Get the date on your calendar for the upcoming Arts Council Grant Chat. February's Chat is happening on Feb. 9, 2023, at the Eastside Strange Matter between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Stop by the cafe, pull up a chair and visit with our membership and program manager, Taylor Haslett. Ask questions about grants, project ideas, membership and more! Get the details.
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.
arts night out
We are curious...
Some changes are in the making, and we want to hear from you. Arts Night Out is ready for a makeover, and we are curious if you have any thoughts about this event that so many of you have participated in or attended. We have a little survey that we'd really love you to fill out. Your answers will help guide us toward making a fresh event that everyone is excited about. Take the survey.
there's still a little time...
clock's a ticking...
We know that reminders and deadlines can be stressful, but the fact remains, that time is ticking, and we're pretty sure you don't want to miss out on the many awesome benefits you receive as an Arts Council member--especially this informative newsletter made just for you. If your membership expires, your benefits will be put on hold, and my oh my, we don't want to see that happen. So kindly click the button below and stay connected to your member-only opportunities. Memberships expire at January's end! So click that button and renew!
Come on...WOW us!
We want to share your stuff. 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' in this bi-weekly newsletter. Let all of your fellow members know what you are creating and doing.
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