Jan. 29, 2020 edition
Creative Connection is your exclusive member source for current creative opportunities in the arts and cultural sector. For additional happenings and news visit  lansingarts.org.
grants funding
Grants for individual artists -- IACA believes the arts are essential to the health and vitality of our communities and our nation. IACA Mini-Grants generally average $250. Funding is intended to assist with such things as: art supplies, recording studio time, exhibits, performances, project related expenses, etc. Application deadline, Feb. 12, 2020. Learn more.

Grants for nonprofit organizations -- IACA Mini-Grants for organizations generally average $350 and are intended to assist with the following: artistic programs that engage the community; projects that involve educating youth in the arts; services for artists; leadership training that will increase an arts organization's strength and capacity for the long term, etc. Application deadline is March 1, 2020. Learn more.

new grant resource
Need more resources for grant opportunities? Check out the Artwork Archives Complete Guide to 2020 Artist Grants & Opportunities .
work intern volunteer
SET SEG is looking for an imaginative graphic designer to create engaging and impactful designs according to specifications to capture and promote their vision. The 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. SET SEG's passion is delivering peace of mind to Michigan public schools, and they look for team members who are motivated by their cause. L earn 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.  

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.

Old Town Commercial Association is seeking volunteers for their annual Lumberjack Festival held on Feb. 29, 2020 in Old Town. Learn more.

Peppermint Creek Theatre is hosting auditions for the musical "Fun Home." Auditions will be held Feb. 2-3, 2020, at the Central United Methodist Church at 215, N. Capital Ave., Lansing. Learn more .
calls ● conferences ● classes
Calls to artists
City of East Lansing  announces a call to artists for its annual  East Lansing Art Festival   to be held on May 16-17, 2020. Fee to apply is $35. Application deadline is Jan. 31, 2020. 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.

Swartz Creek Kiwanis Club, Swartz Creek Area Art Guild and Swartz Creek GFWC Women's Club announce a call to artists for the 12th annual Art in the Park fine art festival at Elms Park in Swartz Creek, Mich. Artists are invited to submit application to the jury selection committee. Learn more.

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts   announces a call to artists for its 69th annual Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair held in June 2020. This juried show features up to 190 fine artists. Application deadline: Jan. 31, 2020. Application fee is $35.  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.

Soul by Southwest 2020 is seeking submissions for its literary and visual arts journal that engage or illuminate the theme of "rupture and repair" on some level -- the personal, the communal, the global, or the cosmic. Creative interpretations of the theme are welcome. Deadline is Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, and entries from professionals and amateurs of all ages.  Learn more.

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing announces a call to all Greater Lansing Teachers for student art for our "Support Young Creatives" billboard program. Teachers who work with K-12 students who attend any Eaton, Ingham or Clinton County school may apply and submit one artwork to be considered for placement on a digital billboard. Teachers of home-schooled children may also apply. 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 Congressional Arts Competition announces 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.

Manifest Creative Research Gallery , Cincinnati, Ohio, announces a call to artists for "Reduction," works of art about scaling back. Reduction is open to everyone. The only limitation is that entries must represent original works which address the theme. Cash prize of $2500 to a single work. Learn more.

LowellArts announces its 34th Annual LowellArts West Michigan Art Competition highlights outstanding artwork by Lower West Michigan artists who reside in a 25-county region. Artwork in any visual art media can be submitted by artists 18 yrs. and older. Five cash awards totaling $2500 are awarded. Deadline to apply is Feb. 1, 2020. Learn more .

Boynes Emerging Artist Award  announces a call for entries for paintings, drawings and photography of any size or support. Artwork must have been completed in the last three (3) years. Work will be judged based on skill, composition, impact and originality. Open to all artists regardless of country of origin/residence, sex and age. Purpose is to give a platform to talented artists around the world who remain unrecognized for their brilliant work, as well as to support artists at the beginning of their artistic careers. Cash prizes and more will be awarded. Learn more.

Arts Council of Greater Lansing announces its upcoming smARTS Workshop, "What Does an Arts Council Membership Look Like?" facilitated by Arts Council membership and program manager, Taylor Haslett. T his workshop will inform you on all aspects of Arts Council membership. Open to members and non-members who want to learn more about being part of the Arts Council's growing community of members. Learn more.

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Shout Out to Our 2020 Members
We are excited to welcome all of our new and renewing members for the upcoming year! Thanks for being a part of our growing, creative arts community. If you haven't joined or renewed... there's still time!

Nancy Aitcheson Sarah Allen Matthew Anderson Natalie Anwar Juanita Baldwin Christine Beal Linda Beeman Patricia Bender Catherine Blatnik Nathan Blixt Ingrid Blixt Max Boyang Louis Boyang Lauren Brady Anita Brett
Sharron Brooks Melik Brown Andrea Collier Michelle Detering Rajita Dnyate
Christopher Donaldson Bridget Doyle Lisa Dulany Katerina Emmons Candace Farmer Tom Ferris Aral Gribble Ben Hall Kelly Hansen Jack Hetherington
Sarah Hillman Janice Hironaka Daniel Hogan Barb Hranilovich Ivan Iler Karen Jennings Jerry Jennings Claude Johnson-Perry Rita LaMoreaux Kiersten Latham LaDanian Lewis Mike Marriott Clara Martinez Douglas Milligan Lindsay Motson Matt Mulford Sheri Munce Diane Newman Dawn Newton Erika Noud Angela Owen W. Spencer Parshall Sara Perleberg James Peters Curtis Pratt Dennis Prestion Sara Pulver Tyson Pumphrey Sadhia Rehman Kyle Richard Lolo Robison Wendy Shaft Erin Simonson Carol Spry Melissa Sterenberg Sara Surface-Evans Kathryn Sutton Masaki Takahashi Douglas Thayer Justin Troisi Dave Trumpie Richard Van Horn Lindsey Ventre Dane Vermeulen Tania Watt Lisa Whiting Dobson Nia Whittaker Stacey Wilder Liz Wylegala Joseph Yarbrough Against All Odds All of the Above Hip Hop Academy ARTSpace of Lansing Broad Art Museum Capital City Ringers Cedar Street Art Collective Circe Productions Delta Township East Lansing Kiwanis Community band Friends of Turner Dodge House Lansing Art Gallery Lansing Makers Network Lansing Matinee Musicale Media Messengers MSU Global Festival MSU Department of Romance Studies MSU Latinx Film Festival MSU Science Festival MSU Writing Center Phil Denny's Smooth Armory Jazz Fete R.E. Olds Transportation Museum Red Cedar Writing Project Riverwalk Theatre Salsa Capital Steiner Chorale Women in the Arts Festival Your name here...
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