june 2, 2021
Welcome to Creative Connection--your bi-monthly a member resource for arts and culture grants, fellowships, workshops, calls to artists, arts and cultural organization resources, jobs, competitions and more!
Pictured above is artist Ryan Holmes using his creativity to help beautify Downtown Lansing on 517 Day--a day of community and camaraderie in our region. Photo by Tinalooa Photography.
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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!

-New Arts Council Grants
-Eli and Edythe Broad Job Opportunity
-City of East Lansing Job Opportunity
-Youth K-12 Free Public Art Workshops in Downtown Lansing
-REACH Studio COVID-19 Creative Survey
-Nonprofit Network Workshop "Grant Writing's Optimum Role in Your Organization
-Forbes Article: "Unleash Your Potential as a Leader With a Growth Mindset"
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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.

Public Art Project in Downtown Lansing seeking area youth. Mila Lynne, REACH Studio Art Center artist in residence, will be hosting a public art workshop that beautifies local downtown areas. At the first public art event, picnic tables will be provided by Downtown Lansing Inc. for attendees to paint. This workshop is targeted for students K-12 that have had limited access to creative activity in their public schools due to the pandemic; however everyone is welcome to participate in this community event. This event is free and will take place June 2-3 in front of Soul Nutrition, 222 S. Washington Square, Lansing. These will be four-hour workshops that run from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Learn more.

Old Town Commercial Association (OTCA) announces a call to artists for its annual Art Feast festival being held on Saturday, Aug. 21 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Turner Street in the heart of Old Town, Lansing. Artists of all mediums are invited to apply for space. Goods must be handmade. The OTCA will provide a 10 ft. × 10 ft. space. Artists are required to provide their own tables, chairs, pop-up tents and anything else they may need. A $65 booth fee will be required on acceptance of application in order to reserve a space. Application deadline and registration details TBD. Learn more.

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. Application deadline is July 19, 2021. Learn more.

The Huron Valley Council for the Arts and its partners are now accepting aprons for "Stories in the Apron Strings: a collection of old and new aprons." From blacksmiths to Grandma, aprons tell a story. The humble apron and the stories behind them will be exhibited in Steeple Hall Gallery at Huron Valley Council for the Arts (HVCA). Application deadline is June 5, 2021. Learn more.

Gallery at Medford Arts announces a call to artists for its 2021 Equestrian Art online juried exhibition. Throughout history the horse has been depicted in works of art as 2D, in a variety of media from pencil to paint, and 3D bas relief and sculpture. Subjects have included Military battles, racing horses, working horses, competitive riding, American Indian horses, cowboy horses, fox hunters on horses, polo horses, rocking horses, carousel horses, horse drawn carriages and more. Artists may submit up to three pieces. Opened to all media including photography. Only original work, conceived and signed by the artist, will be accepted. Application deadline is June 7, 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 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.

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.

Oil Painters of America announces a call to artists for a juried art exhibition, Oct. 15 - Nov. 27, 2021 at Marks Arts in Witchita. Cash prizes and merchandise up to $11,500. Submission must be originally conceived: your own reference, your own drawing, your own concept and must have been self-painted. Representational oil paintings must be within the maximum size restriction of 1,200 square inches. Fees include $30 for one entry; $45 for to and $60 for three. Application deadline is July 7, 2021. Learn more.

Manifest Gallery invites visual artists and designers to submit works in any media, of any style or genre (abstract, conceptual, realistic, etc.), and of any size, for consideration in Manifest's thirteenth annual "Nude," an international competitive exhibit exploring the uncovered human form, Aug. 13 - Sept. 10, 2021. Entry fee is $40 for up to four entries, plus $5 per each additional entry. Application deadline is June 7, 2021. Learn more.
classes webinars conferences readings
Springboard for the Arts presents "Work of Art: Time Management."
Discover analytical and tool-based approaches to manage your time. These tools will help you tackle hurdles related to efficiency, flexibility and structure to help you reach your artistic goals. This free Zoom event takes place on June 8, 2021, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. These meetings are designed to be collaborative events with all participants being able to screen share, turn on their video and audio and see who else is in attendance. This event can be attended for free using a cell phone or landline number and does not require video conferencing equipment or an internet connection. Learn more.

Nonprofit Network presents "Grant Writing's Optimum Role in Your Organization." This free fast-paced and interactive workshop will assist you in assessing grant writing's role in your overall fund development
efforts and using your strategic-planning process to guide your grant applications. Review key policies and practices that every organization should deploy, how to get key players involved in the development process and what makes a good application great. June 3, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Learn more.

Forbes Nonprofit Council, "Unleash Your Potential as a Leader With a Growth Mindset," By Dr. Lobna Karoui Forbes Council Member. Excerpt: "We need to move forward and develop a growth mindset that helps us build a set of healthy thoughts that brings an evolution. We as leaders are well-positioned to be these changemakers, in thinking about our organization's purpose in this world, by creating a new set of behaviors and actions to embrace and enhance your inner power." Read more.
The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University seeks candidates for the position of Assistant Curator. This position will assist in conception, budgeting, research, development, planning, production, implementation and interpretation of both collection-based and temporary exhibitions that explore the museum collections through the lens of diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion (DEAI). Learn more.

City of East Lansing is seeking a theatre technician for the East Lansing Hannah Community Center Albert A. White performing Arts Theater. Position includes providing technical support for all audio/video equipment within the community center to ensure a professional quality-finished product and more. The successful candidate must possess a high school diploma or equivalent with two-three years of progressively responsible experience in a theater setting, including stage management with considerable knowledge in theater protocol, theater lighting and design, sound, stage and set design. Learn more.
REACH Studio Art Center is asking for everyone's help with an important project. They are collecting information about the stories and work that people have created through the COVID-19 pandemic. They are especially interested in hearing from those deeply affected by negative aspects of the pandemic. Learn more.
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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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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