september 8, 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: The 2019 Michigan Bluesfest in Old Town Lansing. This year's festival will be held in Old Town on Sept. 16-18, 2021 on Turner St.
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 Council Art in the Sky Billboards Call to Artists
-Arts Council Job Opportunities (NEW)
-Arts Council Creative Placemaking Summit 7
-City of Lansing Arts & Culture Grants (Deadline Sept. 14)
-Wharton Center Job Opportunity (NEW)
featured call to artists
Arts Council Greater Lansing announces a call to artist members for its annual Art in the Sky Billboard Project. This juried digital billboard project for 2021/2022 is now open. Six artist's works will be selected and featured on Adam's Outdoor Advertising digital billboards in and around the Greater Lansing region beginning in December and throughout next year. Application deadline is Oct. 18, 2020. (Watch for Jacob Erickson's art which is running on area billboards now through October 2021.) Learn more.
grants funding
calls competitions ● auditions
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.

Midway Theatre Company announces auditions for "Mary Poppins Jr." to be held Sept. 18, 2021, and Sept. 28, 2021, at Grace Baptist Church, Lansing. The show will take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28, 29, 30, 2021. Everyone ages 8- 18 are eligible to audition. Learn more.

Riverwalk Theatre announces auditions for "All Together Now," a musical revue directed by Tricia Rogers. Auditions will be held at Riverwalk Theatre on Sept. 26 and Sept. 27, 2021, at 7 p.m. Bring sheet music to sing any musical theatre song; be prepared to learn a short dance. Learn more.

The Saginaw Street Corridor Improvement Authority (SSCIA) announces a request for proposals (RFP) for a new public art project, funded by the City of Lansing Neighborhood Grants in partnership with Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA). This RFP is a great opportunity for artists and graphic designers to submit their concepts for a vinyl art installation on a new bus stop. The stop is in a highly visible public location that will serve as practical waiting place for transit users and as public art for the community. The chosen artist’s work will be seen by hundreds of people each day. Application deadline is Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, 5 p.m. (THIS IS AN EXTENDED DEADLINE) Learn more.

The Dimondale Arts Commission announces a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a new public art project funded by the Village of Dimondale. This premiere project for the Arts Commission will be installed at the pocket park located at the corner of Bridge and Jefferson Streets in Dimondale. The RFQ is open to all professional artists and/or artist-led teams, based in Michigan. Interested artists will have demonstrated capacity in innovative place-making and are welcome to propose work in all media. Project budget is $8,500. Application deadline is Sept. 13, 2021, at 5 p.m. 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. Application deadline is Sept. 26, 2021. Learn more.

Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, Illinois, seeks artwork exploring food through an intersectional feminist lens across mediums for its "Word of Mouth (food + feminism)" exhibition. They ask artists to subvert socially conditioned, gendered conceptions of a kitchen, an ingredient, a word or even a plate. They encourage intersectional feminist approaches that include consideration of sexuality, race, ethnicity, class and disability, among other social locations. Due to limited staff and wall-size restrictions, artworks must fall within 6 ft. horizontally and under 75 pounds in weight, unless delivered to and picked up from our fourth-floor gallery by the artist. Artists may be additionally responsible for the installation of oversized works. Application deadline is Oct. 2, 2021. Learn more.

Midwest Center for Photography in Wichita, Kansas, invites entries for the "Gesture" exhibition, Oct. 1-29, 2021. We all have people in our lives that are important to us and who are visually interesting. Documenting the likeness of these people as well as capturing the pure personality of a person through a range of emotional gestures is a phenomenal experience. The act of capturing a moment in time through taking a photograph of someone is one of the highest gestures that a person can give. This exhibition represents the human likeness in all of its forms, whether it is a documentary approach, a snapshot genre, a fashion statement, an editorial statement or simply a straight forward compositional body study. Entry fee is $40. Application deadline is Sept. 20, 2021. Learn more.

Miami University of Oxford, Ohio, announces a call to artists for its juried "Young Painters Competition" art exhibition, Jan. 13 - March 3, 2022. at Hiestand Galleries. More than $14,000 in awards will be given. Juror: José Carlos Diaz, chief curator at The Andy Warhol Museum. Competition is open to U.S. artists, aged 25-35. Entry fee is $25. Application deadline is Oct.1, 2021. Learn more.

Manifest Gallery of Cincinnati, Ohio, invites visual artists and designers to submit round works or those that incorporate the circle as a primary element for its upcoming exhibit, "Tondo," being held Dec. 10, 2021, through Jan. 7, 2022. Submissions can range from the most traditional to the most conceptual, abstract or experimental of any media addressing this theme. Entry fee of $40 for up to four entries and $5 per additional entry. Application deadline is Oct. 4, 2021. Learn more.

Anderson Arts Center in Kenosha, Wisconsin, announces a call to artists for its annual "Winter Juried Art Exhibition," to be held Nov. 21, 2021 - Jan. 9, 2022. Awards totaling $450 will be given, and five artists will be awarded solo shows. Artists must be 18 or older and can be at any stage in their career. All media produced within the last three years is accepted. Two works per artist may be submitted. Drop off dates (in-person only) are between October 19 - 22 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Entry fee is $20 for up to two works. Application deadline is Oct. 22, 2021. Learn more.

The Caldwell Arts Council seeks entries for the "35th Annual Sculpture Celebration" held Sept. 11, 2021 at Broyhill Walking Park in Lenoir, North Carolina. Total of $11,000 in awards will be given. Sculptors may bring up to three sculptural works in competition for cash awards in this one-day event. Any 3-D works, indoor/outdoor, large/small, all sculptural artwork is welcome. Event is held outdoors rain or shine. Entry fee is $50-80. Application deadline is Sept. 10, 2021. Learn more.

3 Square Art Gallery in Fort Collins, Colorado, announces a call to artists for an international juried art exhibition, "100 Square Inches of Art" Nov. 5 - Dec. 17, 2021. Up to $525 in awards will be given. This exhibition pushes the creative powers of local and national artists to express their artistic vision inside of 100 square inches or less... no more. Application deadline is Sept. 19, 2021. Learn more.

Main Street Arts of Clifton Springs, New York, announces a call to artists for its eighth annual national juried exhibition "Small Works 2021" (12 inches or smaller in any direction). The exhibition is open to artists working in all media and to all U.S. residents. A total of $2,000 in cash awards, best in show receives $1,000! All entries must be submitted electronically via the online Submittable platform. Judging will be done entirely from JPEGs. No other formats will be accepted. JPEGs must be 72 dpi and at least 1,200 pixels in one direction. Submit 1 - 3 pieces for a $30 entry fee or up to 6 pieces for $35. Application deadline is Sept. 18, 2021. Learn more.
classes webinars conferences readings
Arts Council Greater Lansing announces the 2021 Creative Placemaking Summit 7: ReConnect! Mark your calendars for this exciting and innovative event that will span two days this year. Once again we will bring together experts in the field and entertainment. We hope you will join us for a virtual and in-person (interactive options in Downtown Lansing) exploration of creative placemaking as we look toward 2022. Save the dates--Oct. 20 - 21, 2021, and be on the lookout for more info coming soon. Learn more.

Springboard for the Arts presents free Art-Train Individual Artist Training. This training is for artists who are interested in building on their existing skills to collaborate in, and with, their communities through their local agencies, non-profits and arts councils. Artists will deepen practices around creative problem solving, equitable community engagement and creating arts-based strategies to address recovery efforts. After taking a synchronous virtual training, artists receive one year of ongoing virtual support through an online resource library and optional bi-weekly group coaching rooms with Art-Train staff, experts and an expanding network of peers (every other Thursday). Learn more.

Creative Capital presents "Artist Finances: Mindset & Money" This workshop is for artists of all disciplines who want to heal, renew or start a new relationship with money. It will be conducted via Zoom Meeting where active participation and sharing on video, audio and in breakout groups is expected. In order to create a space of interactivity and sharing as well as personal exploration, there is limited capacity for this workshop. All registrants will receive a recording of the workshop and workshop resources.
Workshop takes place Sept. 14, 2021, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. EST. Admission is
$25 plus a special $12.50 offer to lessen barriers for those in need. Learn more.

Artwork Archive "Making SMART Goals for Your Art Business (+ Free Download)" Excerpt: "The thing about being an artist is that it’s easy to get excited about a million different projects and ideas. It’s easy to get distracted or go down a thousand paths all at once and not realize you have veered from your original path. If you are already a full-time artist, think about why you pursued this path. Was it to have flexibility, autonomy or creative expression? If you haven’t made the leap yet, get clear about why you want to pursue this career. Your artwork, projects, galleries and business decisions should support your personal goals." Read more.

Arts Council Greater Lansing is seeking applicants for an administrative assistant and a program assistant. We are excited to grow our team and our capacity to support our creative community in Greater Lansing.
These are currently both virtual positions with occasional office visits. Laptops will be provided. If you love arts and culture and want to work with a creative, supportive and innovative team, the Arts Council could be the place for you. Apply today! Learn more.

Wharton Center is seeking applicants for a full-time copy writer. The copy writer will coordinate and create the production of publications and promotional materials, including copywriting and design. They will also oversee other materials and maintain strict brand standards. Ideal candidate will have knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in journalism, English, graphic design, public relations, marketing or a related liberal arts program and three to five years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience. Learn more.

Wharton Center is seeking applicants for a retail/gift shop manager/ administrative business professional. The Gift Shop manager will lead a collaborative team charged with the success of the store by driving sales, supporting and mentoring a student and volunteer staff. This person will oversee buying, inventory control and merchandising and will participate in marketing efforts of the shop. The Gift Shop manager will ensure productivity and profitability while creating a welcoming and safe environment focused on customer service and operational goals. Application deadline is Sept. 18, 2021. Learn more.
Arts Night Out Again
You heard it right! Another Arts Night Out is coming at you all on Sept. 10, 2021, from 5 - 8 p.m., and we hope you will join us along with our featured artist, Randi Richards. If you would like to participate as an artist there are still opportunities. Or just come on down and enjoy the event, support fellow artists and local businesses and have some fun! Check out our Facebook event. Learn more.
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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 to list your opportunity in our next Creative Connection.
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