may 5, 2021
Welcome to Creative Connection--your bi-monthly member resource for arts and culture grants, fellowships, workshops, calls to artists, organization resources, competitions and more!
Pictured above is muralist Dustin Hunt of Muralmatics and his mural model Santoria Bell. This shot was captured by McShane Photography in front of Dustin's Artery Alley mural in Downtown Lansing. Learn more.
grants funding
Michigan State University is seeking an instructor. Are you a filmmaker, editor or digital storyteller? Apply to teach in the Michigan State University College of Communication Arts and Sciences school of journalism digital storytelling program. Minimum of Bachelor’s degree is required. Advanced degree preferred. Learn more.
featured call
The Arts Council of Greater Lansing announces a request for qualifications (RFQ) for a new public art project in partnership with Provision Living Senior Communities. The project will be installed at 6350 Abbot Rd., East Lansing, Michigan. This creation should tie back to the history of the Greater Lansing Area in hopes of providing a pleasant memory to community elders who may reside in our building or who are simply passing by. Application deadline is May 15, 2021. Learn more.
calls competitions
The world needs you and your creativity, now and every day, so please keep making art, seeking out calls and submitting those applications. Share your gifts.

The East Lansing House of Prayer announces a call to artists for its "517 Agape: Racial Healing Prayer Room," which is coming to Lansing in June to help people process, lament, pray and heal. "517 Agape" brings art and local history into one space. They are looking for artists who create with God at the center of their practice and have a heart for racial healing and justice. Art submissions should incorporate themes around race and the Christian faith. Application deadline is May 10, 2021. Learn more.

Meridian Township is seeking proposals from artists, designers, sculptors, fabricators, etc. to create a commissioned public art sculpture at the newly established Marketplace on the Green at 1995 Okemos Road, Okemos, Michigan. The project is aimed at enriching the plaza area experience for all visitors and residents of the community by creating a sense of place and complementing existing efforts to make public art a defining characteristic of Meridian Township. Artwork will be chosen for its ability to showcase notonly the artist’s skills, but how the artist embraces, interprets, and conveys the overall sense of place in Meridian Township. Application deadline is May 28, 2021. Learn more.

Delhi Township is seeking proposals for a sculpture in the passive park
next to Keller Road on Cedar Street. There is a circle in the pavement there which was created to showcase a sculpture. The art piece must be highly visible to both automobile and pedestrian traffic, and act as an iconic landmark representing the unique character of the "Realize Cedar Corridor" area. The sculpture will be viewed from all sides, and ideally would
invoke a sense of movement or change between different vantage points. It will help create a sense of place, foster excitement, and set a progressive tone for the corridor. Ideally, the sculpture will provoke conversation between those that view it. It will reflect the community and the space in which it is situated. Application deadline is May 28,2021. Learn more.

A local Greater Lansing business owner is looking to commission an artist to paint a new mural on the side of the building located at 629 N. Butler Blvd. This property is a high-traffic area with plenty of neighborhood traffic and visited by others outside of the neighborhood. The building is intended for use as a car detail shop. With a desire for bright colors and perhaps a "jazzy" theme, the design is open for interpretation with the owner of the property. Please contact Aaron Williams at if interested.

A local Greater Lansing business is looking to commission an artist to create a mural on a building located at 1033 S. Washington Ave. A variety of mediums are being considered, including painting, tile, vinyl or mosaic. The business would ideally work with a local artist on the design before searching outside the region. For more information and specs related to the proposed project, please reach out to Leo Trumble at The artist will be paid for design rendering, supplies and creation of the artwork.

The Indianapolis Art Center announces a call for entry to their "Women’s Work" exhibition, a juried exhibition centered on gender and feminist politics. Historically, women have been excluded from the art world, from being kept out of academies and apprenticeships to being woefully underrepresented in galleries and museums today. Along with this, the art skills that were deemed feminine or appropriate for women, such as sewing, embroidery or weaving are dismissed as “just” crafts and hobbies. This exhibition, open to women-identified and non-binary artists from the local and national community, seeks to highlight female artists and intersectionality in femininity. Application deadline is May 12, 2021. Learn more.

PleinAir magazine presents the annual PleinAir Salon Art Competition. In the spirit of the French Salon created by the Academie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, this annual competition, includes 11 monthly cycles, leading to the annual Salon Grand Prize winners. All individuals entering must be at least 18 years of age to accept cash prizes. Competition is open to residents of any state or country where acceptable by law. All types of paintings are eligible and do not need to have been completed in plein air, but should originate from a plein air study or plein air experience. Application deadline is May 31,2021. Learn more.

Praxis Gallery seeks the submission of photographic art that explores the ideas of liquid and sky in their myriad iterations; from landscapes to still life – from scientific to conceptual for its "Liquid-Sky" exhibition. They are looking for a broadly interpreted investigation of these forever flowing, forever ethereal ideas. Open to artists 18 years of age or older worldwide. All genres, capture types, black & white and monochromatic, traditional and non-traditional photographic and digital post-production processes are welcome for submission. Application deadline is May 31, 2021. Learn more.
please note--event cancellation
We were so looking forward to gathering with you all at this year's Creative Exchange, but unfortunately we have had to cancel this event, due to the sudden death of one of our presenters, Simone Joyaux.

We have worked closely with Simone and her life partner, Tom Ahern, over the past year to build a fundraising strategy for our organization, and during that time, a strong bond and friendship was also formed. Simone will be greatly missed, and we are sorry that you all didn't get the opportunity to meet her and learn from her expertice.

We invite you to visit our Creative Exchange page for a variety of excellent fundraising resources provided by Tom and Simone. Learn more.
classes webinars conferences readings
Arts Council Greater Lansing is offering a virtual Open Group Grant Consultation to support those applying for upcoming grants. Join member and program manager Taylor Haslett to ask all of your grant questions on May 17, 2021, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Email Taylor at to register.

Michigan Small Business Development Center presents, "Marketing Monday: What's the Big Deal with Podcasts?" Are you looking to join the ranks of the more than 800,000 people who are sharing their ideas via podcasting? Podcasts can share an important message, spotlight you as an industry leader, build brand awareness and generate leads for your business. In this session, you'll learn from a panel of podcasting experts what it takes to launch a successful program. They'll discuss the benefits of podcasting, what you need to get started and how to build and sustain an audience. Monday, May 17, 2021, from 12-1 p.m. Learn more.

Nonprofit Network presents its Executive Director Leadership Academy. Perfect for new executive directors (less than five years of experience) who are still learning the basics of working with a board, fundraising, fair labor laws and managing personnel, financial management and communication (crisis, crucial and public). This is a nine-month deep dive course, also perfect for succession planning, c-suite leaders or someone who wants to be an executive director. Begins August 2021. Learn more.

Nonprofit Network announces its Peer Coaching Groups forming now! Perfect for leaders who have the knowledge but need help applying it to make big change or manage all of the pressures of the mission, the work and the expectations in an organization. Peer Coaching is seven sessions with a small, intimate group of leaders who provide feedback, support and help as you tap into your own skills and expertise to problem solve. Some groups develop long-lasting supportive networks and friendships that extend well beyond the formal constructs of peer coaching. Learn more.
listen & engage!
Make sure you give a listen to this month's episode of Arts Roll Call. In episode 5 of the podcast, we speak with local poet and founder of The Poetry Room, Masaki Takahashi about all things poetry, building a movement and the importance of collaborations. Listen & Learn.
Downtown Lansing Inc. and Michigan Premier Events are teaming up to Lift Up Local businesses once again this summer! They are seeking a minimum of 15 enthusiastic participants to join in their three-month Ambassador Program, with a concentrated effort to Lift Up Local businesses during one week of each month from June-August. Ambassadors are part of the Lift Up Local Team, with a focus on furthering the #LiftUpLocal social media presence with their involvement in Lansing’s art, entrepreneurial, food, non-profit, recreational and retail scenes. As you can see in the photo above, many of our arts community members participated last year! This year it could be you! Learn more.
send us your info !
If you have a call to artists, a position or internship opening or are looking for volunteers, please let us know. Email the Arts Council at to list your opportunity in our next Creative Connection.
visit for complete arts info!