dec. 14, 2022
Creative Connection is your bi-weekly member-exclusive newsletter providing opportunities such as grants, workshops, calls to artists, jobs, resources and more! (Pictured above: Creatively dressed Scrooge Scramblers running the annual Scrooge Scramble 5K Run in Old Town. Photo Credit: 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.
calls to artists
NAMI of Lansing announces a call for visual artists and writers to participate in their annual "Healing Through Art" fundraiser happening on Friday, March 3, 2023, at UrbanBeat in Old Town, Lansing. Deadline: Jan. 11, 2023.

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.

Rehmann and the Detroit Red Wings invite Red Wing fans to submit hockey-themed artwork based on the theme of driving net results on the ice. Artwork should focus on teamwork, winning plays, community and being a part of something greater than oneself. On Feb. 16, 2023, one winner will be chosen and receive a $5,000 cash prize and four Red Wings tickets. Their artwork will also join last year's winner in the Rehmann Club art gallery at Little Caesars Arena. Deadline: Feb. 1, 2023.

and beyond...
ARC Gallery in Chicago, Illinois, seeks entries for its juried art exhibition, "Color." Color is one of the most exciting elements of art. It personifies beauty, expresses emotion and creates a mood. Color is magical. Color is cultural. Color is symbolic. Color signifies. Help them transform and saturate the gallery with an exploration and celebration of color. All mediums and materials are eligible, including video and performance. Deadline: Dec. 30, 2022.

Perspective Gallery in Evanston, Illinois, announces a call to artists for a juried photography exhibition. This 13th annual international exhibition of fine art photography welcomes all subject matter and photographic processes. Photographers are invited to submit up to five photographic images in JPEG format, which have been created within the past five years. Deadline: Jan. 11, 2023.

Art Fluent invites artists worldwide to submit artwork to its 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.
chats and learning
come chat with us
With the MACC Minigrant deadline coming up very soon, there is no better time to drop into an Arts Council Grant Chat. This month's Chat is happening on Jan. 9, 2023, at the Blue Owl in East Lansing from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Stop by and visit with our membership and program manager, Taylor Haslett. She will be happy to discuss any questions you have regarding grants, applications or project ideas! Learn more.
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! 
calling entrepreneurs
Applications are now open for the first Ingham County One and All Program! This cohort will run from February - April 2023 and has been generously funded by the Ingham County Board of Commissioners with money specifically reserved for small-business owners in Ingham County.

One and All is an eight-week program designed to support more equitable access to successful entrepreneurship and small-business ownership through a combination of webinar-based learning, networking, mentorship, business coaching, engagement with subject matter experts and access to an extended resource network.  Learn more.
on the horizon
We have so many exciting things coming your way in the new year, so get out your calendars and fill them in with the following upcoming February events. Stay tuned for more details coming soon.

smARTS Workshop -- Advocacy for the Arts and You (virtual) Feb. 6, 2023, noon - 2:00 p.m.
Grant Chat -- Feb. 8, 2023, Strange Matter, Eastside, 11:30 - 1:30 p.m.
take art, leave art
Free Little Art Gallery
Emily Frushour and Marissa Tawney Thaler are pleased to announce the launch of the Free Little Art Gallery (aka FLAG) of DeWitt. Folks are invited take art, leave art or both to spread creativity and joy! Keep up with little FLAG on Instagram @freelittleartgallery_dewitt, and feel free to drop off your tiny art in support of this project created by two of our artist members!
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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 for more info.
Come on...WOW us!
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holiday break
As the holiday season is upon us, we would like to wish you and yours lots of joy, love and time with family and friends. Don't forget to support small business, artists and arts and cultural organizations as you shop this season.

Please note: the Arts Council team is taking a break
Dec. 23 - Jan. 2.
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