july 1, 2020
Welcome to your Creative Connection. We hope you find these resources helpful. Let us know what you are working on and i f there is anything we might be able to help you with . We really mean this! What do you need from us? How can we best help you? (Pictured above: the Old Town General Store Community Mural Project lead by Arts Council artist member Barb Hranilovich .)
pockets empty? how about $500!
Get yourself a super-simple-easy-to-apply-for City of Lansing Pocket Grant!
Do you have a creative arts-based idea you want to see come to fruition? Then a $500 pocket-sized grant could be your answer! Anyone interested in producing arts-based projects, events or installations in neighborhoods within the City of Lansing can submit brief proposals for a monthly review and quick turnaround. The Mini Pocket Grants for Art are awarded to people and organizations who collaborate with a Lansing non-profit to artistically bring an area to life. These grants are ongoing. Learn more.
grants funding
creators & organizations
Looking for COVID-related financial resources or inspiration? We have created a page on our website and hope you will explore it. Please note that some of the resources are lists that have been curated by numerous organizations and institutions; as a result, there may be some overlap and some options may have expired. We will continue to add to and update the page as more opportunities arise.

calling creative entrepreneurs!
One&All initiative supports underrepresented businesses
Applications are now open for One&All, a new, inclusive entrepreneurship program from LEAP , generously funded by the  Michigan Economic Development Corporation  Innovative Fund and  Consumers Energy Foundation .

The initiative, the first of its kind in the state of Michigan, aims to address inequity in entrepreneurship and small-business ownership by supporting underrepresented entrepreneurs who fall below the ALICE threshold during the most vulnerable time of the startup process.

LEAP is proud to partner with  The Fledge  and  Refugee Development Center  to reach aspiring entrepreneurs from traditionally underserved populations, including people of color, women, persons with disabilities, immigrants, military veterans, racial or ethnic minority groups and refugees.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more and apply! Interested in being a One&All Mentor? Learn more here.
work intern volunteer
Lansing Community College is seeking adjunct graphic design faculty to teach courses in the art and design curriculum: graphic and web design. Responsibilities include teaching graphic design and visual communication courses, including but not limited to, digital media foundations, graphic design, typography, publication design, web design, interaction design (UI/UX), motion graphics and interactive media and more. Application deadline is Aug. 16, 2020. Learn more.

WILX is accepting applications for a news editor/photographer. General purpose of this position is to generate content for broadcasts, web channel and social media. The photographer’s primary focus will be to shooting/editing video and general news gathering, either teamed with a reporter or solo for across various media channels. Learn more.

Foster Swift Collins & Smith , a Michigan law firm, is looking for a talented graphic design intern for its Lansing office. The primary focus of this position is to work to fulfill graphic design, presentation and other visual brand stewardship responsibilities. This is a part-time position, working 10 – 15 hours per week during normal business hours. There is a possibility that some work could be done remotely. Learn more.
calls competitions ● classes
While some things have gone away, new things are being created. Creativity matters, so please keep making art, seeking out calls and submitting those applications when you can.

calls to artists
Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) and Eastside Neighborhoods in partnership with Allen Neighborhood Center announce call to artists for Eastside CATA Bus Shelter! The Prospect PLACE and Frog Holler Neighborhoods in partnership with CATA and the City of Lansing, invite artists and graphic designers to submit their concepts for art installation, including bus shelter design, seating and functional art. Designs are requested for two different Eastside bus stops on CATA’s Route 15, along the Kalamazoo Street corridor in Lansing, Mich. Learn more.

Peppermint Creek Theatre Company is asking people to share suggestions for powerful and important texts from America’s past, reflecting all types of American voices. Be it via letters, texts, speeches, song lyrics, PCTC is looking to raise voices that are not necessarily recorded in our history books. These texts will be combined into a project during their 2020-21 season with a goal to learn how we as a country have managed to get where we stand today. Once submitted, selected texts will be compiled into a presentation in partnership with young members of our communities to reflect upon and interpret through words, art and performance. Submission deadline is July 10, 2020. Learn more.

Ixion Theatre announces call for actors for "Turn, Turn, Turn." The production will include an ensemble of actors to perform a collection of monologues written by Ixion's Wheel writers group. Performance dates Aug. 21-23. Rehearsals will be via zoom and in person. Anticipated casting: one man any age; one woman, 20-30; two women 30-50; 1 woman 60+. Auditions take place July 7, 2020. Learn more.

Chesterfield Music & Arts Festival announces a call to artists for this annual festival, held this year Sept. 5-6, 2020 at Chesterfield Amphitheater in St. Louis, Missouri. All mediums welcome. $25 application fee. Submission deadline is Aug. 15, 2020.   Learn more.

Huron Valley Council for the Arts is seeking 50 artists to display and sell their work at the Arts & Greens Holiday Market. The Market is set amidst the beautiful greenery inside the Bogie Lake Greenhouses in Highland, Mich. and held Nov. 20-22, 2020. Submission deadline is Aug. 1 2020.   Learn more.

The City of Lansing announces a request for proposals for a new public art piece to be located in the northeast corner of Reutter Park in downtown Lansing.  LEAP  awarded the City of Lansing a Public Art for Communities 2020 Placemaking Grant to support the installation of permanent public art in Reutter Park at the corner of W. Kalamazoo Street and S. Capitol Avenue to enhance the area’s economic vibrancy and sense of place. Submission deadline is July 24, 2020. Learn more.

The Northville Art House seeks contemporary artworks created in any media by artists who experiment with traditional techniques, technologies and media or employ new and emerging developments for the annual West of Center: Juried All-Media Exhibition to be held Sept. 1-26, 2020. Juried by Michigan painter Tom Hale, the exhibition has $700 in cash awards for 1st-4th place plus honorable mentions. Enter up to three works. Submission deadline is July 12, 2020. Learn more.

AuSable Artisan Village is thrilled to announce a call to artists for the second annual Great Northern Art Explosion public and juried art exhibition in Grayling, Mich. Artists will compete for a $5,000 grand prize sponsored by Kirtland Community College, and $3,000 in juried awards selected by juror, artist and MONA founder Jef Bourgeau. Open to all artists in the US, especially the Midwest region, any theme or medium. Application deadline is July 10, 2020. Learn more.

Camelback Gallery is seeking artists for their international online "Paint Your Pet" competition. This competition is open to all artists 18 years and older. All painting mediums allowed, including pencil and charcoal. Artwork must be a pet. Any domestic or tamed animal kept for companionship or pleasure. Dogs, cats, bunnies, mice, fish, horses, birds, reptiles, goats, hamsters, pigs, etc. Cash awards. Application deadline is July 12, 2020.   Learn more.

The Cedarburg Art Museum is accepting submissions for its 7th annual juried exhibition, “Masters as Muses.” Many artists can look back and find master artists who have provided inspiration for their style of execution or subject matter. In “Masters as Muses,” artists are challenged to include an image of a master artist’s creation in their application that has inspired their style of art or a specific subject matter. The idea is not to copy or re-create the master, but to re-invent. Application deadline is July 31, 2020. Learn more.

additional resources
highlighted competition -- calling women
The Bennett Prize , created in 2018, awards $50,000 to a woman artist to create her own solo exhibition of figurative realist paintings, which will travel the country. The Prize will propel the careers of women painters who have not yet realized full professional recognition, empowering new artists and those who have painted for many years. The Prize will expand opportunities for the public, who may not be familiar with figurative realist painting, to learn more about the creative vision of talented women painters in this increasingly popular genre. Deadline to apply is Oct. 16, 2020. Learn more.
going virtual? send us your opportunities
If you are developing online video classes, webinars, holding art sales etc., please let us know. Email the Arts Council at  dawn@lansingarts.org  to list your opportunity in our next Creative Connection.
photo opp! share your creative connections
Now more than ever, we would love you to send us photos of you. Whether it's earlier pics of you or your organization connecting with others or photos of what you're doing now to keep busy and make the best of these quarantined times! We want to keep our communications fresh, fun and full of our members doing what they do best! Send photos to dawn@lansingarts.org.
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