Your source for regional creative opportunities!
February 27, 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 lansingarts.org.
Funding

Instrument Matching Grant (Classics for Kids)
Creative Placemaking Support (Kresge Foundation)
USArtists International  (Mid Atlantic Art Foundation)
Music Program Support (D'Addario Foundation)
 Power of Youth Challenge (America's Promise Alliance)

Employment/Volunteer

Woldumar Nature Center is currently seeking a  Camp Discovery activities director. Under the supervision of the program director, the Camp Discovery activities director works with camp counselors in the development and implementation of Camp Discovery at Woldumar Nature Center. This position supervises counselors and campers and is responsible for overseeing all camp activities, maintaining camp schedules and assisting counselors in implementing environmental education programs.

Saper Galleries is seeking a professional picture framer who demonstrates the highest level of quality, proven dedication to excellence and competence in all tasks related to picture framing. The perfect candidate must be an excellent communicator, intelligent, personable, friendly, reliable, responsible and a hard-worker with a strong work history and references. Preference is for a fine  arts graduate with experience in quality work with the hands. Please email Roy Saper directly with any inquiries.

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 info@lansingarts.org to put your opportunity in our next Creative Connection!


Conferences, Classes and Creative Opportunities


LAFCU is hosting a Call to Artists to be a part of a traveling art exhibit called the ' LAFCU Serves Series.' They are looking for five artists to paint their own representation of some of their products and services on each of their large, life-size LAFCU block letters. 

Soulfire is a multimedia art show based on the experiences of adult
survivors of child sexual trauma. This year they are again looking for 10 artists to partner with survivors to produce pieces based on their individual stories. The artwork will be exhibited from November 2019 through August 2020 to generate dialogue and advocacy for child survivors and the work of The Firecracker Foundation.

The Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge is a national songwriting competition open to high school students who have a passion for writing songs of any musical style that could be part of a musical theater production. This year's competition follows a successful inaugural year in 2018 that featured finalists from across the country. For this second year, the Songwriting Challenge will again pair six finalist songwriters (either single songwriters or duos) with professional musical theater artists to develop the students' original song into a Broadway-stage-ready composition. 

The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs will be conducting free informational grant workshops on FY20 grant guidelines and the application process for potential applicants throughout the state in March and April in anticipation of the June 1 deadline. Workshop attendance is not required for grant applicants; however, updated guidelines and application process changes will be reviewed at each meeting, so attendance is encouraged. 

A Spring Cleaning Art Sale is happening next month in Williamston. Any artists who have studio seconds, unloved arts and craft supplies, beads, buttons, paintings, books and art "remainders" are welcome to sign up for a table to participate in the sale. Contact Jane Reiter directly with any questions.

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.

Scrapfest 11  is currently accepting applications. Competing Scrapfest Art Teams and Eco Vendors must apply online. A "team" consists of 1 to 5 members, but teams may have anyone help with their sculpture during build-time. Each team must appoint one team leader who will act as the team's main contact. Deadline to apply is March 1.

Art in the Wild is creating a new outdoor art mural series and requesting proposals of original, already completed artwork. Selected works will be photographed and used as digital high-definition images adhered to exterior walls surrounding Ranney Park and the Red Cedar Park for the purpose of promoting clean water. Deadline to enter is April 15.

The construction of the Susan and Jack Davis Nature Pavilion at Fenner Nature Center opens the door to new opportunities. Among them, is the ability to host ecological art exhibitions.  Fenner Nature Center is seeking artist submissions for their inaugural ecological art exhibition "Sunrises & smokestacks: Deconstructing the Divide Between Urban & Wild Spaces." Deadline to apply is June 28.

2019 marks the third year of the  Cracked Pot Studio Tour, which is a celebration of clay art, clay artists and the amazing studios where the work is created. It is a unique opportunity for ceramic artists to sell their work in a private studio setting with other ceramic artists from around the state. Twelve rural ceramic studio artists, located from Bath to Williamston to Mason, have opened their studios for this tour and will invite a total of 40 additional Michigan ceramic artists to join the tour and sell their work at their studios. Deadline to be considered is April 30.

The Austin Veteran Art Festival is seeking national submissions for visual art by Veteran artists and their family members to be on exhibit during the AVA Fest. This city-wide festival held in Austin, Texas will include visual art, performance art, literary arts, music, health and wellness, culinary arts and so much more in various venues across the city. Deadline is April 1.


 New and Renewing Member Highlight
Say hello to the Arts Council's  new and renewing members for February! Thanks for being a part of our creative community.

Lorie Ann-Dodge Carlson *
Dave Downing
Mary Fritz
Cheryl Grabski
Stephanie Hogan
Menaka Jayawardene *
Dace Koenigsknecht

James Peters *
Sandra Seaton
Nevin Speerbrecker
Alixandra Summitt
Arts Chorale of Greater Lansing
Framer's Edge
Lansing for Cesar Chavez

* Denotes a new member
Arts Council of Greater Lansing
1208 Turner St.
Lansing, MI 48906

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