march 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: Lansing Symphony Orchestra and All of the Above Hip Hop Academy's Anthony James-Player (L) and Devin Jones (R) perform at The Robin Theatre. To learn more about performances at The Robin, visit Also visit and for information about their programming. Photo by Marques Davis.)
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. COMPETITION DEADLINE SOON!

Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center is accepting proposals for a group exhibition of artists who identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. The Gallery is seeking submissions of artwork made within the past three years which explores the experience of LGBTQ+ identified artists living in Michigan. This exhibition is in partnership with “Suits and the City,” whose mission is to promote the interests of LGBTQ+ persons in the Mid-Michigan area through education and advocacy and increase the visibility and integration of LGBTQ+ persons in the broader community through networking events. Deadline: April 5, 2023. NEW!

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 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.

Detroit Artists Market is seeking artists to exhibit for their "Call for the Wall" solo exhibition on the featured artist wall. DAM is looking for early-career artists who have limited experience exhibiting artwork. Artists must be unrepresented by any gallery or organization. We encourage artists to include a variety of price points and all chosen work for display must be priced below $500, The Call for the Wall is open to all media and artists 18 years and over. Deadline: March 18, 2023.

and beyond...
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. 

The Colored Pencil Society of America seeks entries for a juried art exhibition, July 2-30, 2023, at The Summit Hotel Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio. Artwork must be 100 percent colored pencil on a manufacturer-prepared surface. Must be solely the original concept, design, and execution of the submitting artist, and must have been created in 2020 or later. Deadline: April 3, 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 program assistant, Tabor Vits, 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!
advocate for the arts!
arts advocacy
March is Arts Advocacy Month, and we invite you to join us in using your voice and your resources to support the arts. There are so many things you can do to show your love for the arts in March (and all year round). Here are some ideas to help get you started.

ways you can support the arts this month and beyond!
 1) Join our Articulate Activators Group 2) Participate in Advocacy Day. Don't forget to support local artists and arts events and visit local galleries and arts and culture organizations. Learn more.
Don't forget to check our Events Calendar
Find out about 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 for more info.
arts roll call episode 16
petra daher--uniting people, making change
We invite you to have a look at/give a listen to episode 16 of Arts Roll Call. Our host, Robin Miner-Swartz, talks with local photographer and filmmaker Petra Daher about her career, her films and how to make change through the arts. They delve into Petra's 20-plus years as owner of Petra Daher Productions and how Petra's love of photography and film have led her down a path of activism. Check it out!
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who's awesome?
You Are! You're awesome! And we want to share that! So 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 your photos here. Let all of your fellow members know what you are creating and doing. Share the love! Email communications manager Dawn Gorman with all the goods.
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