april 5, 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: A young attendee makes a new friend at the MSU Science Festival. The festival runs through the entire month of April, and has lots of offerings!)
right out of the gate!
We really want to know...is the content of this newsletter relevant to you?
🥰 I adore it!
🙂 It' pretty good.
🤔 Sometimes, yes...sometimes, not so much.
🤨 I don't really need it. Sorry.
We would love to hear more! If you have thoughts or suggestions about what you would like to see in this newsletter, email its creator, Dawn! She wants it to be AMAZING for you! 🤩
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
Island Art Fair and Ledge Craft Lane are seeking artists and vendors for their juried 50th annual "Island Art Fair" held at Island Park in Grand Ledge, Michigan. All art and craft items must be created by the exhibitor. Exhibitors are chosen by the art fair committee. Space is limited so early registration is recommended. Deadline: June 1, 2023.

The 2023 Congressional Art Competition is now open! A wonderful opportunity for young Michiganders to showcase their talent and gain recognition for their work, the contest is open to students in grades 9-12 who reside or attend school in Michigan’s 7th Congressional District.
Winning submission will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year alongside works from across the country, and its artist will be invited to attend a ceremony in Washington, D.C. later in the summer. Deadline: April 17, 2023. SHARE WITH YOUR YOUNG ARTISTS!

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...
ARC Gallery in Chicago, Illinois, seeks entries for its juried sculpture exhibition, "Motley Cruise." This is a call for sculpture in any form. Works can be either indoor or outdoor. All sculptural mediums are welcome and non-traditional mediums are encouraged. Deadline: April 16, 2023.

The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin, invites submissions to its annual juried "Birds in Art" exhibition. The exhibition has showcased the remarkable talents of more than 1,000 international artists since 1976 and is recognized globally as the exhibition setting the standard for avian art. Artists working in all mediums other than photography can submit up to two original artworks interpreting birds and related subject matter. Deadline: April 17, 2023.

The Toledo Zoo & Aquarium in Toledo, Ohio, announces a call to artists for "Wild about Art," a two-day art fair held Aug. 12-13, 2023. Eligible media include the following: ceramics, drawing, painting, glass, jewelry, mixed media, metal working, photography, printmaking/graphics, sculpture, textiles and wood. Work does not have to be animal related. Deadline: April 24, 2023. 
chats and learning
april grant chat
Stop by  Flour Child Bakery and Cafe in Grand Ledge on April 7, 2023, for a Grant Chat! Come grab a seat between 10 a.m. and noon to discuss grants, membership, project ideas and more! Our membership and program manager, Taylor Haslett, can't wait for you to pop in and pay her a visit (say that three-times fast 🙂). Come share all of your granting and membership questions! Learn more!
smARTS workshop
get that grant!
Join the Arts Council's membership and program manager, Taylor Haslett, on April 19, 2023, from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. for a free workshop dedicated to choosing the best grant, breaking down grant requirements, and explaining just what it is that funders are seeking. Find out tips for success and the absolute "no-nos" when it comes to applying. Learn what really helps boost applications to the next level while keeping your stress to a minimum and your optimism high. Questions? Contact membership and program manager Taylor Haslett.
Don't just Survive, Thrive!
You don't want to miss it!
We have an amazing Creative Exchange coming at you on May 31, 2023, from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Join us for "Artists Thrive in Greater Lansing!"

We are pleased and excited to welcome Artists Thrive! who will engage us all in an interactive experience and activities that will offer important insight to artists, creatives and arts organization leaders.

The Artists Thrive! team will seek to find out how we all feel using words like: silenced, struggle, survive and thrive, using a variety of probing questions and innovative approaches to get us thinking. This day is all about changing our narrative around the arts! We hope you will join us. (photo: 2022 Creative Placemaking Summit.)
35 Days of Giving
spread the word
We're excited to announce that we're participating in the Community Foundation's inaugural 35 Days of Giving online fundraiser. The event kicks off at 7 a.m., May 3, 2023, and runs until 6 p.m., May 4. We are looking for ambassadors to help spread the word. If you would like more information about how you can take part in this evet and help raise dollars for our Arts Advancement Fund contact our director Meghan Martin.
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 taylor@lansingarts.org for more info.
members helping members
metro melik offers "me2u"
Artists seeking to up their marketing game can look to fellow artist member Melik Brown for support and resources. Melik has created his "me2u" promo package for artists, which can be custom built to artists' needs. Arts Council members receive a 10 percent discount and 10 percent of proceeds will be donated to the Arts Council. For complete information visit Metro Melik me2u.
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.
visit lansingarts.org for complete arts info!