Your source for regional creative opportunities!
January 17, 2019
Welcome to your exclusive source for current creative opportunities in the arts and cultural sector! This resource is brought to you by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing. For additional opportunities, visit our website at

Instrument Matching Grant (Classics for Kids)
Creative Placemaking Support (Kresge Foundation)
USArtists International  (Mid Atlantic Art Foundation)
Music Program Support (D'Addario Foundation)


The MSU College of Music seeks  instructors  to teach special topics courses in music entrepreneurship and music-career development in the fall, spring and summer semesters. These positions will be filled per course/per semester, on an as needed basis.  Applicants in this pool are reviewed when the program has an immediate need to fill a vacancy (as needed within two years to begin as early as May 2019).

If you are currently hiring for a part- or full-time position, offering an internship, or looking for volunteers, please let us know! Email the Arts Council at to put your opportunity in our next Creative Connection!

Conferences, Classes and Creative Opportunities

Rochester Contemporary Art Center's annual 6x6 Exhibition is an international small art phenomenon with thousands of works from all around the world and they want you to be a part of it. It is completely free and you may enter up to three 6 by 6-inch pieces in any medium (except glitter) by April 14.

The Lansing Poetry Club, the RCAH Center for Poetry at Michigan State University and LEAP are seeking a Poet Laureate to engage the tri-county community in the literary arts. The intent of the program is to promote poetry as an art form, expand access to the literary arts, connect the community to poetry as well as showcase poetry as a literary voice that contributes to a greater sense of place. Deadline to apply is Feb. 1.

The East Lansing Art Festival is a juried fine art festival, consistently ranked in the Sunshine Artists Magazine's "Top 200" fine art and craft shows. The East Lansing Art Festival provides an exhibition and marketplace opportunity for artists who create original works of art. Their Emerging Artist program encourages future art festival exhibitors by giving up-and-coming artists an opportunity to be awarded free space to exhibit among seasoned artists in a fine art festival setting.

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing is honored to partner once again with Adams Outdoor Advertising to create this free opportunity - the 2019 Young Creatives Billboard Project - for tri-county educators and their students. Teachers who work with K-12 students who attend any Eaton, Ingham or Clinton county school have until Feb. 4 to submit one artwork to be considered for placement on a digital billboard.

The 33rd Annual LowellArts West Michigan Art Competition highlights outstanding artwork by 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. Artists may submit one piece for consideration by the juror. Cash awards totaling $2500 are awarded to 1st-5th place.

Art as Healing Foundation seeks entries for a juried art exhibition entitled Hear Us! / The Female Voice, March 1-31 at the Riverside Art Center in Ypsilanti, Mich. This is a regional call for art by women artists from Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. This is an all-media exhibit; however, works submitted must be wired and ready to hang on a wall. Deadline is Feb 1.

Abrams Planetarium director, Shannon Schmoll will walk attendees through the ins and outs of photographing work for the planetarium dome in a smARTS Workshop on Jan. 22. Abrams Planetarium often uses these photographs for virtual tours of various places, but with some creativity and standard photo-manipulation techniques, those environments can become works of art. In this workshop, you will learn about various 360-degree cameras; see how you can use the planetarium software to place photos on to the dome; and experiment with the Planetarium's cameras.

The LCC Small Business Development Center is hosting a Build Your Own Website workshop on Jan. 24.  You will learn the basics of creating your website, obtaining your own web address and what information a typical business website should have to get you started for your online success.

Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center is seeking collegiate artists to participate in the 2019 Michigan Collegiate Art Exhibition. Artworks of all medias are eligible; including but not limited to the following: paintings, sculpture, mixed media, photography, graphic design, installations, short film and video games. Deadline to enter is Feb. 1.

The  VSA Playwright Discovery Award Program  is currently seeking applicants. Young writers with disabilities and collaborative groups that include students with disabilities, grades 6-12, are invited to explore the disability experience through the art of writing for performance-in the form of plays, screenplays or music theater.  Writers are encouraged to craft short (10-minute) works from their own experiences and observations in the style of realism, through the creation of fictional characters and settings or writing metaphorically or abstractly about the disability experience.

 Featured Creative Opportunity

Shiawassee Art Center presents a water-themed art competition

To celebrate the upcoming Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibition in Owosso, the Shiawassee Arts Center invites all Michigan artists to enter an All-Media, Water-Themed, Juried Art Competition.

Entries may be in any media, including photography, but all entries must depict a form of water and be original work of the artist's own creation and not shown prior at SAC.

Entry Procedure: Complete entry form online, and submit a maximum of two high-quality jpegs of the actual work to be considered by 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 1. All entries must be identified with the artist's last name, first name and size of your work (i.e. DoeJohn 24x30.jpg). Slides and CD entries are not accepted.

About the Juror: Shelly Hendrick Kasprzycki is the President and CEO of the Michigan Humanities Council. Shelly is a Michigan native and has held leadership positions with nonprofits for 25 years. Shelly says, "Arts and the humanities go hand in hand and I look forward to the opportunity to exercise my love of art as a jurist." 

Grand Prize $500
Juror's Choice $250
Second Place $150
Third Place $100

The competition is open to all Michigan artists 18 years of age or older.

The deadline to submit a body of work for consideration is Feb . 1.

See the  website for more information.

Arts Council of Greater Lansing
1208 Turner St.
Lansing, MI 48906


This resource is generously supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.