may 19, 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 artist Sara Pulver working on her ArtPath mural. Learn more about Sara and make sure to check out ArtPath June 1- Aug. 31, 2021.
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this week's highlights
Check out some of the highlights of this week's Creative Connection! (Scroll the newsletter for complete info!)

MCACA grant applications
Meridian and Delhi Township calls to artists
Ingham County Fair garden design call to artists
Innovate Grant Awards for Artists and Photographers
Forbes Article on balancing work and life
Executive Director Leadership Academy
The Power of Mid-Michigan Arts debut
grants funding
special survey
Reach Studio Art Center is collecting the stories and creative work created as a way to cope through the COVID-19 pandemic. They are especially interested in hearing from people who have been deeply affected by negative aspects of the pandemic. This will be accomplished through a special survey that is part of a Michigan State University grant project funded by a Mellon Foundation “Just Futures” initiative. Reach will be creating digital and physical exhibits of the creative work they collect. These exhibits will work to tell an inclusive picture of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Take the survey.
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.

Ingham County Fair announces a call for artists. They are seeking a design for a 60 ft. x 120 ft. memory garden. The garden will feature a variety of memory bricks, to be displayed both on the ground and on a wall. Features must include seating, plants with a blooming season between July and August and more. Prizes of $1,000, $600 and $400. Applicants must live in Ingham County. Deadline to apply is July 19, 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 not only the artist’s skills, but how the artist embraces, interprets, and conveys the overall sense of place in Meridian Township. Application deadline is May 20, 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.

Harper College of Illinois, announces a call to artists for its annual "Small Works." This national juried exhibition highlights work selected from entries by artists from across the country. Open to artworks, 24 inches or less, including the frame. The show will feature a wide array of media, ranging from photography and prints to painting and sculpture. Application deadline is June 28, 2021. Learn more.

The McLean County Arts Center of Illinois, seeks artists for the 2021 Sugar Creek Arts Festival to be held Oct. 9-10, 2021. A total of $1,500 in awards will be presented for first- and second-place fine art; first- and second-place fine craft; and the D. Bill Memorial Award for best use of recycled material. Categories include the following: ceramics, fiber, glass, graphics, jewelry, photography, painting, sculpture, wood and more. All fine art and fine craft will be accepted for jury. The artwork presented must be original and created by the exhibiting artist. Application deadline is May 31, 2021. Learn more.

The AuSable Artisan Village in Grayling, seeks entries for a juried art exhibition to be held Aug. 28 - Sept. 11, 2021. Any artists age 18 and over can register their artwork to compete for more than $10,000 in awards. Open to all visual mediums. See rules for more details. Application deadline is July 15, 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 of Minnesota 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.

Praxis Gallery of Minnesota seeks entries for its juried photography exhibition, "Anthologies 2--Six Artists, Six Stories." A Directors Choice will be awarded and featured in the exhibition, the printed exhibit book and the online exhibit gallery. All themes, genres, capture types, black & white and color, traditional and non-traditional photographic and digital post-production processes are welcome for submission. Application deadline is June 15, 2021. Learn more.

Northwest Arts Center of North Dakota announces a call to artists for its juried art exhibition, "Americas 2021: All Media" being held Aug. 13 through Sept. 25, 2021. Cash and purchase awards will be presented in the following categories: Merit Awards (5) and Best of Show. Best of Show winner earns a solo exhibition and an invitation to the Best of the Best exhibit. Juror for the exhibition is Zig Jackson. Works in any medium, traditional or experimental, including photographs, qualify. All works must be original. Application deadline is June 15, 2021. Learn more.
classes webinars conferences readings
Do More Good presents "Ask The Expert Session: Google Ad Grant Management." Join the Do More Good team and a subject matter expert on the last Wednesday of each month as they discuss a trending nonprofit topic. Judson Aulie of Click Nonprofit will talk about how to maximize the $10K/month Google Ad Grant. This is also your chance to ask all of your Google Ad Grant-related questions! This free webinar takes place on May 26, 2021, 11:00 a.m. Learn more.

Springboard for the Arts presents "Ask Me Anything: Springboard ACCs."
Springboard has a team of Artist Career Consultants (ACCs), each of whom is well-established in their field. Join Naomi RaMona Schliesman, David Unowsky and Raymond Rea for a Zoom Q&A session moderated by Adia Morris Swanger, as the ACCs offer advice, assistance and encouragement in a variety of areas, for artists in all disciplines. This free Zoom event takes place on May 20, 2021, at 12 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.

Forbes Nonprofit Council, "Is a Healthy Work-Life Balance Possible?" Excerpt: "Have you ever thought of your life as a movie? Play out what the movie of your life would look like if you keep up your current pace. Does your life’s movie have a good ending? Do you implode along the way? Think through the cost of your current pace: How is your family being impacted by your current pace? How is your health being impacted? Your future goals?" Read more.
watch & engage
We've Got the Power...The Power of the Arts!
The Arts Council is so excited to be a part of this upcoming project along with WLAJ ABC 53 and our region's vibrant arts community. "The Power of Mid-Michigan Arts" will air on Thursday, May 20, at 7:00 p.m. and you don't want to miss it! There is so much happening in arts and culture in our great region, and we can't wait for you to experience it all! Watch the promo!
See the Guide! Be the Guide!
Looking for youth arts programming this summer? Check out the Arts Council’s 2021 Young Creatives Guide.

Our virtual guide provides Greater Lansing’s young creatives, their parents and teachers with a comprehensive listing of classes, camps, lectures, workshops and more, all happening in the Capital Region. In it you will find offerings for everything from art, music, writing, dancing, theatre and beyond!

Update or participate
The guide will be updated regularly to allow for flexibility, so check back regularly for up-to-date program offerings. There's still time for your organization to participate in the guide. To submit your program information (or to make updates to current entries), click here.
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