may 4, 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 is teacher Jeff Croley and attendees at the Dewitt High School Second-Chances Fashion Show. Students created new fashion or put together outfits from entirely thrifted items. Proceeds were used to purchase Hustle workbooks for Ingham County inmates. Watch the story.)
GRIT Grants Are Here!
We are beyond excited to announce that our Gaining Recovery in Transition (GRIT) Grants are now live! These grants are open to both artists and nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in the Greater Lansing Region. We have $200,000 in recovery funds to grant out to all of you in support of your work as creators and organizers in the arts. Numerous workshops will be held to assist you in preparing your application. See the schedule below, and learn more on our website! Deadline: July 1, 2022.
The world needs you and your creativity, now and every day, so please keep making art, seeking out opportunities and submitting those applications. Below is a list of calls, competitions, auditions, etc.

Looking Glass Brewing Company is planning some outdoor live-music events in the coming months and are seeking blues musicians for May 20, 2022, and jazz musicians for Sept. 21, 2022. Email Joel at if you are interested or have referrals.

Artless Bastard Gallery in De Pere, Wisconsin, seeks entries for the "Still Life Group Show." Submit your original or limited edition artwork where the main theme is inanimate objects. Open to all mediums of artwork. Deadline: May 31, 2022.

SOS Art seeks entries for its juried art exhibition, "USA Miniprints for Peace and Justice" at the Art Academy of Cincinnati in Ohio. Only traditional printmaking techniques (no digital) will be accepted, size must be 6" x 6" image centered on a 10" x 10" paper. Deadline: June 5, 2022. 

The Fremont Chamber of Commerce of Fremont, Indiana, seeks artists and crafters for the Fremont Music Fest. They welcome all crafters, including painters, stained glass artists, potters, wood workers, glassblowers, jewelry makers, etc. Email or call 260-495-5225. Deadline: June 10, 2022.

Artstreet 2022, a juried art exhibition at Ashwaubomay Park in Green Bay, Wisconsin, is seeking artists and emerging artists to submit entries for this event that attracts an estimated 75,000 visitors annually. Multiple mediums accepted. Deadline: June 15, 2022. 

The Dairy Barn Arts Center, with support from Ohio University School of Visual Communication, seeks entries for "WideOpen: Excellence in Photography." Each accepted photo will be featured in the "WideOpen: Excellence in Photography" 2022 exhibition catalog. Deadline: June 30, 2022.
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Orgs! You do not want to miss this Exchange!
Have you saved your spot for the Creative Exchange? Don't miss this great opportunity to get the stuff you need for upping your fundraising game! Find out how you can add impact to donor letters, build stronger relationships with your community and connect more authentically to your funders.

Get all the secrets
On May 12, 2022, we will virtually welcome internationally-known fundraising communications expert Tom Ahern. Tom will share with his tried, true and celebrated secrets with us on how to communicate to donors. Come learn the ins and outs of writing successful donor communications and creating more engagement. Learn more! Follow the event!

1:00 - 3:30 p.m.
$35 Members
$40 Non-Members
Grit Grant Workshops!
Boost your chances at getting a grant. Attend one of our GRIT workshops with member and program manager Taylor Haslett and program assistant, Tabor Vits. Register for one today!

Additional Assistance
If accommodations are needed due to disability, please submit your request via the form here. We are also available for application review prior to submission as long as an appointment is made well in advance of the grant deadline of 11:59 p.m., July 1, 2022. Requests for accommodations made after the grant deadline cannot be honored. For help with your grant application, contact the grants team at

Special Walk-in Hours
Have questions and want to talk to someone in person? Our membership and program manager, Taylor Haslett, will be holding special walk-in office hours at the Arts Council every Tuesday from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. from May 3 - Aug. 2, 2022, for anyone who needs grant assistance. Feel free to stop by during this open time!
Creative Pep Talk: Episode 363 - The 4 Step Process to Turn Strangers into Super Fans--Join illustrator and public speaker Andy J. Pizza, host of Creative Pep Talk in this conversation about failed launches and feeling like you "suck."

This episode looks at the two very different processes of making creative work and having a successful launch. Andy dives deep into the vulnerability that goes into putting our work out there; he shares how to keep taking risks and explores new ways to launch that make us feel empowered. Have a listen!
This book by fundraising communications expert, Tom Ahern, is just what you need to guide you on your fundraising journey. "What Your Donors Want...and Why!" talks about treating donors as customers and so much more. See all of Tom's books here.

And...make sure that you join us for our virtual Creative Exchange on May 12, 2022! Tom is our guest speaker, and he is going to share his tips for creating engaging and successful donor communications and creating strong and longlasting relationships. Get your ticket here.
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Guess what?
The Michigan Arts & Culture Council got a new logo (Yay! look to your left). They also want you to know some really important info regarding applying for grants. Please take note of their tip regarding UEIs for organizations applying for MACC's upcoming grants: "Beginning with MACC's upcoming June 1, 2022, deadline, all organizations will be required to have a valid Unique Entity ID (UEI) number in order to submit an application.

This new identification number replaces the previously used DUNS number. The UEI number is entered in the Organization Profile of your organization's SmartSimple account, and you will not be able to submit an application without entering your UEI. For more information and to access a step-by-step guide on how to obtain your organization's UEI, click here.
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