august 11, 2021
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Pictured above: Moonlight Film Festival attendees enjoying an outdoor movie experience. Coming up on Aug. 23, 2021, is "Jurassic Park" (1993), beginning at 9:00 p.m. at Valley Court Park in East Lansing. Photo by City of East Lansing
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this week's highlights
Short on time? Check out some of the highlights of this week's Creative Connection below! Something catch your eye? Scroll the newsletter for complete info!

-Did You Read the Questions Above?
-Davey Foundation Short Film Grants
-City of Lansing Arts & Culture Grants
-Lansing Art Gallery Michigan Made Holiday Exhibition
-US Artists International Grants
-Arts Night In and Out
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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.

Lansing Art Gallery and Education Center announces a call to artists for its Michigan Made Holiday Exhibition. They are seeking contemporary fine art, inspired modern craft and items designed by Michigan makers. The exhibition will be co-curated by area artist Najeema Iman and gallery exhibitions and sales director Katrina M. Daniels. Exhibition is open to all artists 18 years of age or older who reside in Michigan. All artwork must be original and of the artist’s own creation. Original artworks in any media will be considered. All artwork must have been created within the last three years and meet Lansing Art Gallery & Education Centers' Framing and Presentation Guidelines. Artwork does NOT have to be holiday-themed. Application deadline is Sept. 9, 2021. Learn more.

Michigan State University has a team of faculty and students working to make inclusive and accessible creative exhibits that illustrate how people are using creativity during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are collecting creative work made throughout the pandemic, particularly creative pieces that encourage new conversations, activism and creativity around the racial and social injustices revealed. Participants will 1) Have their creative work and connected stories documented and included in a major online collection;
2) Contribute to history by preserving crucial moments and memories from COVID-19 for themselves and future generations through the online collection; 3) Have their creative work considered for a physical exhibit that will show the range of creative work collected. If selected for the physical exhibit in 2023, shipping costs will be covered and you will receive a gift card for $100.00. To participate, take the survey, which is funded by the Mellon Foundation "Just Futures" initiative.

Praxis Gallery Photo Arts Center in Minneapolis seeks entries for "After Dark," a juried photography exhibition being held Oct. 16-30, 2021. Jurors Choice, Directors Choice and Honorable Mentions will be selected. Praxis Gallery seeks the submission of photographic works that explore the fundamental qualities that make night photography - from dusk to dawn - a compelling contemporary art form. All genres, capture types, black & white and color, traditional and non-traditional photographic and digital post-production processes are welcome for submission. Fee is $35 for a set of five images and $5 for each additional image. Application deadline is Aug. 31, 2021. Learn more. 

Northville Art House in Northville, Michigan, announces a call to artists for its small works juried art exhibition held Nov. 12 - Dec. 18, 2021. Cash awards of $650 will be given plus Honorable Mention Awards. Artists 18 and over may submit a maximum of six works of art created in any media, excluding electronic/sound and video/film, within the last five years, and not previously exhibited at the Art House. The maximum size of all artworks, including the frame, is 16 inches in any direction. Artwork is required to be for sale. Entry fee: $25 Members / $35 Non-members. Application deadline is Sept. 26, 2021. Learn more.

The New Mexico Watercolor Society is seeking original watermedia for its fall exhibition to be held Oct. 2-24, 2021, at the Expo NM Fine Arts Gallery in Albuquerque. Cash prizes total $2000 and merchandise prizes total $1500. Entries must be original and entirely the work of the unsupervised artist and must have been completed within the last two (2) years. Artists may enter up to three paintings with a maximum of two selected for exhibition/judging. Application deadline is Aug. 20, 2021. Learn more.

Arc Gallery in San Francisco seeks entries for their juried art exhibition, "Vices," Nov. 20 - Dec. 18, 2021. They are seeking works that depict vices in all their wicked glory. It can be your own secret vice or something you've observed. Examples include drinking alcohol, smoking, gambling, prostitution, promiscuity, shoplifting, taking drugs for pleasure, over-indulgence in rich foods, driving over the speed limit, receiving kickbacks or bribes, failing to recycle, blackmailing or cheating. They await your interpretations from humorous to moralistic to sleazy. Media: Sculpture, painting, drawing, photo, printmaking, ceramics, assemblage, collage, mixed media, fiber art, glass art, artist book. $35 for three works. Application deadline is Sept. 13, 2021. Learn more.

Toni Beauchamp Prize in Critical Art Writing seeks to bring exposure to writers who are dealing with the spirit of the age and unafraid to ask difficult questions. The 2021 Beauchamp Prize will be judged by Jenna Wortham, journalist and culture writer from The New York Times Magazine. Grounded in both scholarship and journalism, critical art writing occupies a specific niche. The best examples appeal to a diverse readership through an accessible approach and maintain a unique voice and literary excellence. The Beauchamp Prize will consider submissions of work that have been written (or published) within the last year. A variety of creative approaches and formats to writing on the visual arts are encouraged and can include thematic essays, exhibition reviews and scholarly essays. Learn more.
classes webinars conferences readings
Springboard for the Arts presents "Work of Art+: Going Beyond Grants for Artists of Color and Native Artists Panel." Join them for a panel that will look closer at how artists who are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and Native can go beyond grants to more sustainable, regenerative and community-driven options such as crowdfunding, microfinance and earned income strategies. Presented in partnership with Dakota County Library. This free Zoom webinar is happening on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, 7-9 p.m. EST. Learn more.

Forbes Nonprofit Council, "Equity Requires Ongoing Action: How Nonprofit Leaders Can Create An Equitable Future," by Chastity Lord, CEO at Jeremiah Program. Excerpt: "We must remember that building a world where opportunity is equally distributed requires ongoing action, sacrifice and vigilance from each of us. This is especially true for nonprofit leaders." Read more.
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We had such a great time at our recent Arts Night In with Odd Nodd Art Supply and guest artist Randi Richards! In case you missed it, we are sharing it here again with you. Click the link below for a lovely tour of Odd Nodd with shop owner, Casey Sorrow, and then enjoy a printmaking demonstration and conversation with Randi. She talks about her art and her new project, Print Club! of Lansing. Have a watch!
Join us this Friday, Aug. 13, for our first Arts Night Out since 2020! We are so exited to bringing our event back out into the community. We are also super stoked to have local artist Sara Pulver as our guest artist at the event along with lots of other artists and area businesses who are participating. Old Town Shop Hop is happening at the same time, so things will be hoppin'! Learn more!
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