april 9, 2020
Welcome to your Creative Connection. We hope you're all hanging in there and are tapping into your creativity when the mood strikes; the world really needs it! If you have questions regarding grants, funding or your arts business, just shoot us an email , and we will do our best to provide an answer for you!
grants funding
creators & organizations
We know you are all looking for resources to support your arts business and organizations during this unsure time, and we are actively seeking out funding and other opportunities to help you. We have created a page on our website to assist you, 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 as things are changing so quickly. We will continue to add to the page as we find more opportunities for you. Please email us if you have questions or concerns or just need a listening ear. We've got you!
calls & competitions
With galleries closing, festivals canceled and performance spaces closing, the arts and culture landscape is a little shaky right now; this can be scary and even paralyzing for some. We want you to take care of yourself in the ways that you need to, but we also want you to keep creating when you can. Creativity matters, so please keep making art, seeking out calls and submitting those applications.

calls to artists
ArtPrize announces call to artists for its event on Sept. 16-Oct. 4, 2020. Artist registration is open April 13-June 4, 2020. Learn more.

Friends of Durant Park in Lansing, Mich. is seeking an experienced artist or team to give new life to a dying tree in the park by turning it into an art work. This project idea was inspired by Chicago Tree Project artist Samantha Rausch. Application deadline is April 30, 2020. Learn more.
Cracked Pot Studio   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.

South Haven Center for the Arts is seeking submissions of self-portraits that ask the artist to share not just a likeness but also their narrative. This national juried exhibition will run in conjunction with "Frida Kahlo’s Garden"- a National Endowment for the Humanities traveling exhibit that presents an intimate look at how nature and culture nourished her creativity and informed the narrative in her art. Deadline for submissions is April 18, 2020. Learn more.

Higher Art Gallery announces a call to artists for its annual all-media juried exhibit,
"Citizens Coping: artists respond to the last four years." As this exhibit lands smack dab during the month of the 2020 election, the gallery invites artists of all mediums to examine how the last four years have changed them personally (or not), and express how the actions of this administration have affected them. Learn more.

Film Pipeline   announces 2020 Short Film Competition. The third Annual Film Pipeline Shorts Competition seeks remarkable directors and diverse, engaging content--the type of work defined by forward-thinking perspectives and unconventional yet universally appealing stories. Cash prizes and more. Early deadline is May 31, 2020.  Learn more.

AT&T Shape  announces the seventh edition of the AT&T Film Awards, offering $60,000 in cash and prizes. Maximum film length is 10 minutes. Submissions will be accepted through April 30, 2020.  Learn more.

Arizona State University announces its third annual Everything Change Climate Fiction Contest. Submissions must be 5,000 words or less. All short fiction genres are welcome. First place winner will be awarded $1,000, and nine finalists will receive prizes of $100. All winners will be published in the third "Everything Change" digital anthology. Submission deadline is April 15, 2020. Learn more.

Artists Magazine Annual Art Competition wants to honor your most outstanding work. If your art is deserving of being celebrated in the pages of Artists Magazine, this competition is for you! $24,000 in cash prizes plus publication in Artists Magazine. Submission deadline is May 1, 2020. Learn more.

additional resources

virtual workshops
what y'all are making
So many of our area artists, musicians, poets, actors, dancers, fine crafters, arts organizations and other local businesses are finding ways to share the arts with our region. Here are a few that have come to our attention that we hope will inspire you to create your own. Please contact us i f you are taking your creativity online!
things to do
advocate for the arts
Now more than ever, we need to advocate for the arts! We invite you to sign up for the Articulate Action Network . It's free and the only requirement is that you love the arts! Want more? Join our Articulate Activators Facebook Group!

take the survey
Americans for the Arts   is collecting impact stories to see how COVID-19 affects arts and culture. The survey will capture the effects of the outbreak on operations through cancelled events, lost wages and additional expenses. So much important information could come out of this collection! Please take a few minutes to  fill out the survey. And... s ee data results so far . 
help artists mobilize
Mid-America Arts Alliance wants to hear from individual artists about the specifics of how the disruption caused by COVID-19 is affecting you. Please help them by taking 5–10 minutes to complete this survey . If you have any questions, contact maaa.org.
take a break
Playbill reminds us that while we can't go to the theatre, we can still enjoy musical entertainment. They've curated a list of "11 Musical TV Shows to Binge While Self-Quarantined During the Coronavirus Outbreak."

need more?
Here's a list of grown-up and kid-friendly movies for you: 30 Best Movies to Stream During the Coronavirus Quarantine.
just need a blankie

Lets face it, some days we just feel like we need a blankie and a hug. Who better to give that to us than Mr. Rodgers (and Tom Hanks ). If this is you, you can rent A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood on Prime.

send us your creative 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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