Feb. 12, 2020 edition
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Creative Capital announces the Creative Capital Awards. Creative Capital supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel and career development services. Our pioneering venture philanthropy approach helps artists working in all creative disciplines realize their visions and build sustainable practices. Creative Capital provides each funded project with up to $50,000 in direct funding and career development services valued at more than $50,000, for a total commitment of over $100,000 per project. Creative Capital supports artists working in all disciplines, including interdisciplinary work. Application deadline is 4 p.m. ET, Feb. 29, 2020. Learn more.

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Need more resources for grant opportunities? Check out the Artwork Archives Complete Guide to 2020 Artist Grants & Opportunities .
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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.

Lansing Community College has an opening for PT support for the Art & Photo Resource Center. The position is responsible for day-to-day maintenance activities of the Art and Photo Resource Center, including equipment circulation, helping students and faculty with general Art and Photo related questions, printer maintenance and assisting students with Art and Photo software and technology. Learn more.

SET SEG   is looking for an imaginative associate graphic designer to create engaging and impactful designs according to specifications to capture and promote their vision. The associate graphic designer reports to the director of marketing and communications to produce high-quality work and develop existing skills by working on a range of projects.   Learn more.

Arts Council of Greater Lansing  is seeking interns in a variety of positions for the winter semester! 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.
calls ● conferences ● classes
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.

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.

Capital City Film Festival announces call to poets for a poetry project. The Poetry Project will call for 20 local poets who will respond to a CCFF feature film or collection of short films through poetry. Poets will be required to attend a training session on how to respond to film as a medium using a form of ekphrasis poetry that has been adapted for film. Each poet will have 24 hours to write a poem that responds to the work/s they viewed. Learn more.

MvVO Art Ad Art Show announces call to artists for big screen moment. MvVO celebrates the ART created by artists currently working in advertising, or with roots in the advertising/design/commercial arts industries. Artist works will be showcased on monumental screens at the Oculus at Westfield World Trace Center in New York City. Application deadline is Feb. 24, 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 $2500. 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 all 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.

Capital City Film Festival seeks submissions for the Fortnight Film Contest. Contest will begin on March 19 and final edited entries are due by 7 p.m. on April 2. Contest is open to all Michigan filmmakers. The entire team does NOT have to be made up of Michigan people as long as at least one of the following key creative positions is a Michigan resident: writer, director, cinematographer or editor. Entries must be shot and edited in Michigan during the contest fortnight. $100 entry fee is required; cash prizes will be awarded. 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 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.

SBDC Capital Region Office announces Build Your Own Business Website with Weebly, presented by Jessica Goodrich, business & careers outreach librarian. This free workshop will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Lansing Community College. Pizza and pop will be served. Learn more.

A Rally of Writers announces 2020 writers conference. The event will feature Keynote Speaker Bestselling author Doug Stanton and up to 16 sessions and takes place on Sat. April 4, 2020 on LCC West Campus. Online registration is now open. Learn more.

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing announces it February Open Group Grant Consultation. These casual consultations offer the opportunity for you to explore the world of grantwriting in a casual setting with our membership and programs manager Taylor Haslet. Feel free to bring a friend or your laptop and all your grant questions. This month's consult will be held at Flour Child Bakery (323 S. Bridge St. Grand Ledge, MI 48837) Feb. 14 from 9-11 a.m. 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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