Feb. 26, 2020 edition
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Wharton Center for Performing Arts is seeking an assistant director of development who will work collaboratively to plan and implement a comprehensive fundraising program to sustain and build on the current goals of Wharton Center. The selected candidate should understand and have an appreciation for the arts and humanities in order to build upon the foundation of the existing advancement program. Learn more.
The Old Town Commercial Association is seeking a full-time executive director who can continue the growth and revitalization of the Old Town, Lansing corridor. The executive director will help promote commercial district activities, facilitate business collaboration and growth, promote public awareness of the Main Street program and act as a liaison to other government and community organizations. Learn more.

Impression 5 Science Center is accepting applications for a full-time/temporary position. L.A.B.S. camp instructor to begin in May 2020. The camp instructor Leads and delivers our L.A.B.S. camp program and supports opportunities in the main exploration area, delivers workshops and outreaches. Learn more.

Riverwalk Theatre 's Costume Shop is seeking a costume shop associate to run the shop between 4-10 hrs. per week (more during high volume seasons). Applicants must be comfortable working with the public when selecting and fitting costumes and should have costume experience, such as working at a theater, a school or a store that sells or rents costumes. Learn more.

The State News is seeking candidates for the position of art director. The director will serve as creative lead for all concepts and projects and play a key role in setting student media's identity by adhering to branding standards, quality control and industry trends/standards. Learn more.

Arts Council of Greater Lansing  is seeking interns in a variety of positions for the spring and summer months! Students with advocacy, administration, general programming, public relations or graphic design experience are encouraged to submit an application.  Learn more.

Allen Neighborhood Center   has openings for a variety of  internships , including youth programs, food projects, outreach, farmers market, market bank and Hunter Park GardenHouse. Learn more.  

Martin Waymire is looking for two to three student practitioners to work full-time during summer 2020 who are interested in getting hands-on experience in all areas of integrated public relations. Over the summer, you'll get a chance to write and edit, create social media campaigns, handle digital media and graphic design, plan events and deal with clients and reporters. Learn more.

Arts Council of Greater Lansing is seeking volunteers to help with the annual distribution of their Festival Alliance Brochures and Young Creatives Guide. Contact Taylor Haslett at taylor@lansingarts.org if you'd like to help us deliver these informative publications throughout the region.

Allen Neighborhood Center is seeking volunteers for the following programs: Breadbasket, Take Root Garden Club, Senior Discovery Group, Youth Service Corps, Allen Farmers Market and Hunter Park Garden House. Learn more.

Old Town's Lumberjack Festival is seeking volunteers for their event which takes place this Saturday, Feb. 29, on Turner St. in Old Town. Shifts are still available for setup, check-in, bartending and game host/perimeter security. Please note this is a 21+ event. No one under 21 can be in the festival grounds after noon. This is also an outdoor event, so dress warmly! Learn more.

CCFF is seeking volunteers for its 10th annual festival. Positions include ticketing & pass check-in, information table, ushers, line management/crowd control, setup & tear-down and concessions. Receive a free all access pass, a CCFF t-shirt and more. Learn more.
featured calls ● CCFF
The Capital City Film Festival is seeking submissions for their 2020 Fortnight Film Contest which begins on March 19 and ends on April 2. They are also seeking submissions for their inaugural Poetry Project. The call for poets is open through March 5.
Williamston Theatre announces general auditions for the 2020/2021 theatre season. Calls for appointments begin March 17. Auditions take place March 30, 5-9 p.m. and March 31, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. and are by appointment only. Call 517-655-7469 for info.

Ixion Theatre Ensemble announces auditions for the "rUSt Monologues." Auditions take place April 4, from 3-4:30 p.m. Performance dates are May 9-17. Monologues will be cold reads. Send an email to Learn more.

Generations Conmmunity Theatre announces auditions for "Agatha Christie Made Me Do It." Auditions take place March 9-10 at 6:30 p.m. Learn more.
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calls to artists
ScrapFest 12    team and booth applications are now live for this event that takes place in Old Town Lansing July 10 - 11, 2020. Scrap collection date for teams is Saturday, May 2. Application deadline is March 6, 2020 for teams and June 6, 2020 for art vendor booths (or until spots are full). Learn more.

MICA Gallery announces calls for artists for 2020. The gallery seeks proposals for upcoming solo and/or group exhibitions in any media. Original digital, 2 or 3-dimensional artwork created by artists 18 years or older will be considered. Artwork featuring social commentary, political themes, experimental techniques and innovative approaches is welcome. Exhibitions will be selected by a jury of qualified art professionals. Learn more.

all SHE makes announces a call for women artists for their new curated online directory for "women creatives worldwide." Founded by immigrant artist Svitlana Martynjuk, the site offers a curated space for woman artists. Learn more.

Cracked Pot Studio Tour announ  ces a call to artists for their fourth annual Cracked Pot Studio Tour which takes place Sept. 19 - 20, 2020. Artists must be juried and be from, or living in, Michigan. Application fee is $25 and deadline for submissions is April 30, 2020. Learn more.

City of Detroit and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announces a global open call for artists to paint a mural on 1,500 foot wall located behind the Jefferson Assembly Plant. The work will be done by either artists or teams of artists, but the community’s input is needed too. The selection committee will choose an artist or team by June 1, 2020, with the project expected to be completed by late October. Application deadline is March 31, 2020. Learn more.

Manifest Creative Research Gallery announces a call to artists for their Magnitude SEVEN exhibition. Every year Manifest produces an exhibit of little works of art from around the world. Magnitude SEVEN is open to everyone. The only limitation is that entries must represent original works of art that are 7" or smaller not including framing or presentation parts not considered part of the artwork itself. Grand cash prize of $2,500. Application deadline is March 24, 2020. Learn more.

Women Made Gallery announces a call to women artists for Craftivism: The Art of Action. Craftivism is an art-form that fuses art, craft, and action. This broad definition creates endless opportunities for artists to innovative solutions to today’s biggest cultural, structural and societal issues. Open to women-identified and non-binary artists from the local, national and international community, Woman Made Gallery is inviting artwork in any media that focuses on the message to engage the broader community with the intend to effect change. Application deadline is April 1, 2020. Learn more.

The Rio Grande Balley International Poetry Festival announces a call to poets for the International Poetry Festival Anthology. Submit up to three typewritten poems in a legible font. Poems may be of any topic, any style—although visual/shape poems can be difficult due to margin limitations. Submissions accepted by email ONLY. Deadline is March 25, 2020. Learn more.

Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center announces the Ingham Student Art Exhibit, a competition open to all K-12 students within the Ingham Intermediate School District service area. A qualified juror will select 50 works of art to be professionally framed and exhibited at one of several locations across the mid-Michigan area. Scholarship opportunities are offered. Learn more. 

State Representative Sarah Anthony announces a call to student artists! Have your art showcased in the state representatives office! Competition theme is Love Lansing. Applicants must be Lansing students ages K-12. All submissions must be photographed and sent to Sarahanthony@house.mi.gov . For more info email Sarahanthony@house.mi.gov or call 517-373-0826.

Elissa Slotkin announces Congressional Arts Competition call to all high school students residing in Michigan's 8th Congressional District. The winning student will have his or her artwork displayed for one year in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Deadline for submissions is March 15, 2020. Learn more.

Tupelo Press announces the Snowbound Chap Book Award. The award includes a cash award of $1,000 in addition to publication by Tupelo Press, 25 copies of the winning title, a book launch and national distribution with energetic publicity and promotion. Manuscripts are judged anonymously and all finalists will be considered for publication. Application deadline is Feb. 29, 2020. Learn more.

Association of Writers & Writing Programs announces the AWP's Award Series annual competition for the publication of excellent new book-length works and is open to both published and unpublished authors alike. Along with the cash prize, the grand prize winner receives publication by the New Issue Press. Application deadline is March 1, 2020. Learn more.

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing announces its March Open Group Grant Consultation. These casual consultations offer the opportunity for you to explore the world of grantwriting in a relaxing setting with our membership and program manager Taylor Haslett. Feel free to bring a friend o r your laptop and all your grant questions. This month's consult will be held on March 11, 2020 at Looking Glass Brewing Company (115 N. Bridge St., DeWitt, MI 48820) from 3 - 5 p.m. Learn more.

Small Business Development Center (SBDC) presents their "Introduction to Marketing Your Business" webinar on March 11, 2020, from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. This one-hour webinar helps you look at your marketing strategy and helps you find ways to make it work for you. M arket analysis and research, competitive analysis, product price and promotion as well as strategy implementation are some of the topics that will be covered. Learn more.

A Rally of Writers announces their 2020 writers conference, which will feature keynote speaker, bestselling author Doug Stanton and up to 16 sessions. The event takes place on Saturday, April 4, 2020 on LCC West Campus. Online registration is now open. Learn more.

Creative Capital announces Building Community for a Sustainable Creative Life Four-Part Online Workshop Series. Sharon Louden excels at building artistic communities as a means to circumnavigate the traditional ways to create a sustainable art practice. Louden shares her expertise in turning generosity into opportunities. This workshop is great for artists who feel isolated, or are located outside typical creative city hubs.
Begins Monday, March 16, 2020, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. ET. Learn more.

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The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is a free tax service provided to households that make less than $55,000 per year. Their team of volunteers, supported by full-time staff, are IRS trained and certified and will provide you with the highest quality return possible. Learn more.
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