august 10, 2022
Creative Connection is your bi-weekly member-exclusive newsletter providing opportunities such as grants, workshops, calls to artists, jobs, resources and more! (Pictured above: Tabor Vits, Ozay Moore, Asa Pumphrey, Young Yi and William Kang at the All of the Above Hip Hop Academy Cap City Breaking Jam that took place in downtown and REO Town Aug. 5-6, 2022.)
The world needs you and your creativity, now and every day, so please keep making art, seeking out opportunities, going to those auditions and submitting those applications.
Arts Council Greater Lansing has opportunities available for fall communications, graphic design, public relations, marketing or build-your-own internships. These positions will be mostly remote with some in-office hours. Please share far and wide with the students in your life. Contact our communications manager at with questions. Deadline: Ongoing

Arts Council Greater Lansing announces its upcoming Grant Chat. Grant Chats are monthly drop-in events that are one part networking and one part grant consultation, held at cafes in the Capital Region. Swing by Taste Coffee Co. on Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. to discuss your creative ideas with membership & program manager Taylor Haslett! Get information on local grant opportunities and assistance in planning your applications. RSVP by email at, or just pop into the cafe!

PlacemakingUs announces its Placemaking Mastery Program: Portland. Dive deep with Portland local experts into the intriguing models, policies, tactics and zeitgeist behind America's most placemade city. Aug. 17, 2022, 5:00 p.m. - Aug. 21, 2022, 11:00 a.m. PDT. Includes hotel, meetups and tours, excursions and more. Deadline: Aug. 16, 2022.

Wharton Center’s Institute for Arts & Creativity announces its inaugural Teaching Artist Institute from Sept. 15-17, 2022. This workshop is for emerging fine artists—performing and visual arts—who would like a thorough look at the profession of teaching artistry. This three-day session will be presented by Wharton guest facilitator Eric Booth. Participants will receive three days of workshops, lunch each day and a copy of Eric’s book "The Everyday Work of Art." The cost of the event is $40 and financial assistance is available. Apply today!
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We want to hear from you
This year's Creative Placemaking Summit is all about centering the voices of our city's creatives, artists and placemakers.

We're focusing on local voices, local flavor and local perspectives, while also inviting some outside expertise and vision to inspire us as well! We hope you will add your voice and help us co-create a captivating and eye-opening creative placemaking experience.

So tell us...
Do you have a presentation or workshop you’d like to present that fits with this year's theme on retrospection? Or would you like to contribute to a panel discussion? If so, we invite you to submit a proposal by Aug. 15, 2022.
calls to artists
The City of East Lansing announces its 2022 East Lansing Photo Contest! They want to see some of your favorite spots in the community! Submit your best #EastLansing photos to the 2022 East Lansing Community Photo Contest! There are some great prizes up for grabs! Deadline: Oct. 16, 2022.

Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center seeks artists for the Michigan Made Holiday Art Exhibition, which will feature artworks that range from fine art to small gifts, including jewelry, paintings, pottery, metal work, leather goods, paper products, glass works, woodworking and more. They seek contemporary fine art, inspired modern craft and items designed by Michigan makers. Deadline: Sept. 7, 2022.

The Allen Neighborhood Center and Prospect P.L.A.C.E. Neighborhood are currently accepting proposals from artists interested in creating two commissioned public art pieces to be located near the pavilion in Hunter Park in front of Allen Place. The pieces are to be creatively themed, functional bike racks. The proposed bike racks will be highly visible to pedestrian and automobile traffic and serve as landmarks representing the vibrancy of the Eastside and Hunter Park. Deadline: Aug. 19, 2022.

IQHub is seeking artists to participate in their fall/winter Art Explosion exhibition held at IQHub in St. Johns, Michigan. Paintings, drawing, jewelry, sculptures, glass and multiple other disciplines will be accepted. Contact IQHub at Check out last year's event.

The East Lansing Art Festival (ELAF) announces a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for graphic designers, artists and/or firms interested in designing the poster and other deliverables for next year’s festival. The new festival poster design will be used to develop corresponding printable pieces, such as festival t-shirts and advertising. The design should encapsulate the ELAF and showcase its fine art mission, while also getting the community excited for the next event and being easily transferrable to different mediums. Michigan-based artists/designers/firms are preferred, with local artists/designers/firms (those in the tri-county area) given priority consideration. Deadline: Sept. 8, 2022.

and beyond...
Northern Illinois University Art Museum in DeKalb, Illinois, announces a call to artists for its exhibition, "Stories from My Childhood." They are seeking artists to encapsulate and share a story of a transformative or impactful event from their childhood via an original work of art and accompanying text. Deadline: Aug. 19, 2022.

Deines Cultural Center in Russell, Kansas, seeks entries for a juried art exhibition, "Mystery, Magic & the Macabre." This exhibition celebrates thoughtful and unique portrayals of the dark, the mystifying and the hair-raising. All works must be for sale. Deadline: Aug. 28, 2022. 

Canvas Pontiac in Pontiac, Michigan, announces a call to artists for a juried art contest & outdoor exhibit. Cash awards of $1000 to $3000 will be presented in each category. They are accepting paintings, drawings, photographs, digital art, NFTs and mixed media. Deadline: Aug. 31, 2022.

The Gallery at Cherry Hill in Canton, Michigan, is now accepting entries for the 28th annual "Canton Fine Arts Exhibition," which will be on display Oct. 4 - 30, 2022. Entries for this distinguished exhibition are currently being accepted. All media is accepted for this outstanding exhibition. Michigan artists are encouraged to enter online. The competition will award $1,950 in cash prizes. Deadline: Aug. 31, 2022.

McCord Gallery & Cultural Center in Palos Park, Illinois, is seeking entries for its exhibition “Unmasked." After so much time being hidden behind masks, this exhibition seeks to capture artists' interpretations of “unmasking:” to reveal the true character of something. This is a juried exhibition. Acceptable mediums include acrylic, charcoal, collage, color pencil, drawings, mixed media, oil, pastel, pen & ink and watercolor. Deadline: Sept. 2, 2022.
Old Town ArtFeast Needs You!
That's right, it's almost ArtFeast time! Old Town Lansing's ArtFeast is happening on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022, and the Old Town Commercial Association (OTCA) needs your help!
Grab a shift
This art-full day brings artists, activities, food trucks and so much fun to Old Town! Who wouldn't want to be a part of that? Luckily the OTCA has several volunteer opportunities available throughout the day, beginning at 7 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m. Help with setting up, assisting vendors, tearing down and a light cleaning at the end of the day. Three shifts are available! Get the details and sign up!
Become a Salus Center Board Member
Salus Center is seeking board members. Salus Center is Lansing's LGBTQIA+ Community and Resource Center providing resources, connection and community for Lansing, Michigan. Applicants will be evaluated on a rolling basis. They are hoping to start inviting new board members to their Sept. 12, 2022, meeting, held from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Fill out an application here.
festival fever
Festival and event season is here!
Mark your calendars for these upcoming events created by your fellow Arts Council members. Get out and support!

Stay tuned for more to come and don't forget
to check our Events Calendar! If you know someone who should be a member of our Festival Alliance, have them contact Taylor at for more info!

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