july 28, 2021
Welcome to Creative Connection--your bi-weekly member resource for arts and culture grants, fellowships, workshops, calls to artists, arts and cultural organization resources, jobs, competitions and more!
Pictured above: Street scene from the 2018 East Lansing Art Festival. The Festival is returning this year to Downtown East Lansing on Aug. 7 , 2021 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Aug. 8, 2021, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Photo is by State News
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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!

-Arts Midwest Gig Fund Touring Grants
-Ingham County Sunrise Grants (Deadline approaching)
-MSU Museum Internships
-Lansing Art Gallery Michigan Made Holiday Exhibition
-DLI and Michigan Premier Events, Forks & Corks Call to Artists
-Nonprofit Hub, "Three Factors Nonprofits Should Not Leave Out of Their DEI Strategies" 

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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.

Arts Council of Greater Lansing announces the return of Arts Night Out on August 13, 2021, from 5-8 p.m. in Old Town. Artists who are interested in participating and would like help being connected to an Old Town business are invited to fill out our participation form. If you have a business that you know you would like to collaborate with for Arts Night Out, you can reach out to them directly or let us know if you would like us to make an introduction and connect you! Learn more.

Downtown Lansing, Inc. and Michigan Premier Events announces a call to artists for its Forks and Corks event. Forks and Corks is an upscale evening of unparalleled wine and food pairings showcasing culinary treats from some of the top dining spots in Downtown Lansing. The event will be held on Allegan Street downtown on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021 from 6-9 p.m. This year there will be art and live music with local artist booths to be set up along Washington Square. Application deadline is Aug. 6, 2021. To participate, simply fill out the Forks and Corks Artist Vendor Form.

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.

Swartz Creek announces a call to artists for its 12th annual "Art in the Park" juried art and fine craft show on Aug. 28, 2021, at Elms Park. The general criteria for acceptance are that the artwork must be the applicant's original design, be created by the applicant and have artistic merit. Chosen artists receive a 12'x12' booth, promotion, artist hospitality booth and more. Nearly $200 in prizes will be awarded. Application deadline is Aug. 28, 2021. Learn more.

ROY G BIV Gallery in Franklinton, Ohio, is seeking proposals for the 2022 exhibition season. Each selected artist will be featured as a "ROY Presents" artist in the gallery for one month where they can explore their work more fully. Group show proposals will also be considered. Jurors (Jaime Bennati, Duarte Brown, Daisy Desrosiers, Cem A aka Freeze Magazine, Danielle Julian Norton, Dean Taylor) are given the freedom to curate exhibitions combining the work of one or more artists. Eligibility: Emerging artists who are early in their careers, have a focused direction and goals, have yet to be substantially celebrated within their field, the media, funding circles or the public at large. $10 Jury fee. Application deadline is Aug. 15, 2021. Learn more.

Third Eye Theatre Ensemble of Chicago, Illinois, is producing an opera, "The Woman that Opened the Universe," based on Ada Lovelace, the prophet of the computer age. The opera runs Sept. 17 - Oct. 3 at the Edge Theater in Chicago. The theatre is seeking applications for an art exhibition to run concurrently in the theater with the production. Awards up to $300 will be given. They are seeking photography, digital art, painting (all mediums), prints, paper and collage submissions. $25 entry fee. Application deadline is Aug. 31, 2021. Learn more. 

The d'Art Center in Norfolk, Virginia, seeks entries for its juried art exhibition, "Nature Homage: Artworks featuring the great outdoors and its creatures" being held Aug. 28 - Sept. 19, 2021. Awards of up to $950 will be given. Work must either depict an outdoor scene or landscape and/or wild animals, plants, or insects (from anywhere on the planet) to be considered. Works can include manmade objects and/or items, but the work itself should highlight and/or focus on the beauty of nature and the landscape and/or creature(s) in its majority. Work may be no longer than 60" in its longest dimension and weigh no more than 50 pounds. Entry fee is $45 for three entries (one image per entry). Application deadline is Aug. 1, 2021. Learn more.

Las Laguna Art Gallery in Laguna Beach, California, seeks entries for an upcoming art exhibition, Sept. 2-30, 2021. They are asking artists to explore the notion of cultural and pop icons. Acceptable mediums include acrylic, airbrush, charcoal, collage, color pencil, computer art, digital art, digital photography, drawings, encaustic, fiber arts, mixed media, oil, pastel and many more. All artists will have at least one of their submitted works posted and promoted on their website. A select number of artists will send their work to their gallery for the in-person exhibition. Fee is $35 for up to three images. Application deadline is Aug. 8, 2021. Learn more.

Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon, seeks entries for its juried photography exhibition, "Framed: Shadow and Light" taking place Sept. 1-20, 2021. For this exhibition, 24 photographs will be selected for display at the gallery. An additional 30 photographs will be displayed online. Open to all photographers. $40 entry fee. Deadline: August 12, 2021. Learn more.
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Springboard for the Arts presents "Work of Art+: E-commerce Basics." Learn how to maximize your online sales with Big Cartel, Etsy, Shopify, SquareSpace and other platforms. We will discuss how to accept payments, and package and ship your work. Presented in partnership with Dakota County Library. Event is free and virtual on the Zoom platform on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, 4:30-7:00 p.m. EST Learn more.

Creative Capital presents "Creative Evolutions: Artist Roles in Reimagining the Social. In this cross-field live conversation, Kenneth Bailey of the Design Studio for Social Intervention will discuss the “Ideas-Arrangements-Effects” methodology and how artists can lead the way in imagining more just and vibrant arrangements for everyday life. Artists Tiago Gualberto and Marina Zurkow, will share their artistic social justice projects, uncovering the overlaps of insight and impact that come about when these two fields meet. This live-stream conversation will include audience Q&A via YouTube chat. Event takes place on July 29, 2021, 4-5 p.m. EST. Learn more.

Forbes Nonprofit Council, "Three Factors Nonprofits Should Not Leave Out of Their DEI Strategies." Excerpt: "Staying nimble as a nonprofit will be essential the deeper we move into the future of work post-Covid. This fact is especially true when organizations start developing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategies that incorporate the changes 2020 made clear are direly needed.
While some small or mid-sized nonprofits may lack the resources or the teams to implement DEI strategies in the same manner as larger organizations or corporations, this isn’t something to be ashamed of. In fact, a nonprofit’s size and ability to adjust strategies on their toes may be the exact competitive advantage they need to implement an ever-expanding DEI strategy in an efficient way..." Read more.
The MSU Museum is seeking candidates for its “Excellence in Museum Practice Internship” positions. This program offers opportunities for students to explore different careers in museums and gain professional experience.
Potential candidates should have an interest in museums, should be able to work collaboratively and independently as well as take direction and should be prepared to interact with museum visitors (including the general public, MSU faculty and students, and/or PreK-12 audiences) and museum staff. The "Excellence in Museum Practice Internship" is open to sophomore, junior and senior MSU undergraduates. Applications will be accepted through August 15, 2021, for the Fall 2021 internship. Learn more.
Free Stained Glass Supplies!
Do you or your organization create stained glass art? Would you if you had the materials? Now’s your chance! One of our community members is donating a large quantity of stained glass supplies (copper foil, glass pieces, magazines with patterns, etc.) that will be available to any member organizations or individual members.

You can take as much or as little of the supplies as you would like. This offer is a first-come-first-serve basis, make sure you don't miss out! Contact Clarice at clarice@lansingarts.org if you are interested, and we will schedule a time for you to pick them up.
Need a Space?
Briarwood Art Collective announces 475 sq. foot studio space (entire lower level of studio) at 4245 Okemos Rd., Okemos, Michigan. Your $500 a month rent includes utilities and internet, free parking and 24-hour access. Lease is on a month-to-month basis with 30-day notice of moving. For questions or a tour email arts.mt@gmail.com
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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 dawn@lansingarts.org to list your opportunity in our next Creative Connection.
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