september 22, 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: Artist Emily Frushour paints a window mural on the storefront of Bridge + Main Market.
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 Creative Placemaking Summit 7: REconnect
-Arts Council Art in the Sky Billboards Call to Artists
-Arts Council Job Opportunities
-Arts Council Call for Creativity (NEW)
-Impression 5 Science Center Job Opportunities
-Share your stuff (See post at bottom of the newsletter.)
featured call...for creativity
Arts Council Greater Lansing announces call for creativity! We are seeking speakers, performers and ideas for our upcoming Creative Placemaking Summit 7: REconnect. We want to hear from you. What can you share? What do you want to experience or discover? 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.

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 digital billboards until Oct. 31, 2021.) Learn more.

Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center is accepting proposals for solo and/or group exhibitions for 2022 and 2023. Artworks of all media are eligible; including but not limited to: painting, sculpture, printmaking, mixed media, fiber, photography, graphic design, installations, short film and video games. Utilizing guidelines approved by their board of directors, a panel of art specialists will adjudicate exhibition proposals. Proposals showcasing innovation in theme, media or style will be given preference. Adjudication will be based on originality/creativity, quality and consistency, technical competence and strength of concept. Learn more.

Cause and Effect Gallery in Fenton, Michigan, announces a call to artists for "See It, Hear It, Speak Out!" This exhibition will focus on the elimination of violence against women. Throughout history, women around the world continue to be impacted by violence in many forms--domestic violence, rape, child marriage, female genital mutilation, human trafficking, acid burning and, sadly, too many others to name. This exhibition will feature art by female artists about this subject matter. Who better to speak of these atrocities than women. Exhibition will take place Nov. 20 - Dec. 30, 2021. Application deadline is Sept. 30, 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 is 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 Oct. 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.

Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon, announces a call to artists for its juried group photo show "Trees and Water." This exhibition will look to feature both subjects in a dynamic and diverse exhibition on contemporary photography. This exhibit will look at both subjects and the powerful visual language of contemporary photographers who are exploring and documenting these exciting subjects. Exhibition takes place Nov. 1 - 20, 2021. Application deadline is Oct. 8, 2021. Learn more.

Camelback Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona, announces a call to artists. Cash award, two-month online solo exhibition, main-page slider promotion, e-blast promotion, social and art media promotion and more! Visual art mediums allowed are painting, mixed media, drawing, collage, digital paintings, photography and sculpture. The artwork must be a cohesive body of work with the same distinct style, consistency and theme. The artist must have at least six cohesive pieces for the solo exhibition, however, the artist may present up to 10 for jury review and selection. A $35 non-refundable entry fee is required. Application deadline is Sept. 30, 2021. Learn more.

Contemporary Art Gallery Online announces a call to artists for its "All Animal" online art exhibition, being held Oct. 6 - Nov. 2, 2021. Prizes include memberships to Contemporary Art Gallery Online, radio interviews, inclusion in the year-end anthology publication and more. All work must belong to the person submitting the application. The art or a print of the original must be available for sale. The artist must be at least 18 years old. Fees of $15 for up to three images, $25 for up to five and $35 for up to eight are required. Application deadline is Oct. 3, 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 REGISTRATION 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 "Career Documentation and Your Legacy as an Artist." This online workshop will look at career documentation and preserving one’s legacy as essential components of an artist’s life and practice–even early on in their careers. In this online workshop, Antonia Perez will provide a summary of, and rationale for, entering into the career documentation process. Workshop takes place Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021
7:00 - 8:30 p.m. EST. Learn more.

Arts Engines with Aaron Dworkin talks with Titus Underwood who inspires us to bring change to arts organizations. Arts Engines highlights the perspectives of the thought leaders and game-changers who are creating significant impact in the field of the arts. Watch and listen.

Artwork Archive blog: "How to Make Money as an Artist on Instagram," Excerpt: "I can post a painting and it will sell before the paint is dry,” explains Ashley Longshore, who sells her eccentric pop art for upwards of $30,000 straight off of Instagram. And, she’s not the only one. Artist Chris Austin enjoys “flash sales” of his latest work, getting emails from eager buyers within minutes of posting on Instagram. With these examples and more in mind, it’s safe to say Instagram has become the social media platform for artists. It’s launching careers, eliminating the need for big-name critics to call the shots, and helping artists connect with buyers across the globe willing to pay for their work." Read more.


Arts Council Greater Lansing's City of Lansing Arts Impact Project Workshop
City of Lansing Arts Impact Project Pitch Panel
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.

Impression 5 Science Center is seeking applications for a full-time operations coordinator. Position requirements include: Customer service experience; knowledge and skills typically acquired through coursework in an educational program, with emphasis on areas such as education; science background; customer service; and program development; experience in educational programs; ability to communicate with visitors of all ages; skill in Windows-based software (word processing and spreadsheets)and many more. Application deadline is Sept. 30, 2020. Learn more.

Impression 5 Science Center is seeking applications for a full-time programs innovator. Position requirements include: Knowledge and skills typically acquired through experience and coursework in informal
education, with emphasis on education, science, and customer service; ability to understand and follow curriculum guides; ability to communicate effectively and professionally in individual and group settings
and work with people of all ages; ability to prioritize multiple, overlapping tasks while maintaining a pleasant, guest-focused attitude; skill in using a computer with Windows-based software (word processing,
spreadsheets, Google Drive, email) and many more. Application deadline is Sept. 30, 2021. Learn more.
Here are some podcasts you might like, including our recent episode of Arts Roll Call. Have a listen and stretch your brain!
Arts Council Greater Lansing presents Arts Roll Call Episode 7--Michael Beebe: For the Love of History and the Arts. In this episode Robin Miner-Swartz talks with Michael about the Turner-Dodge House, its fascinating history and how arts and culture has been a big piece of its success over the years. Have a listen.
Hubcast presents "The Beautiful Room: Making Diversity First Nature for Your Nonprofit" with guest Skot Welch of Global Bridgebuilders the Mosaic Film Experience. Skot describes what it means to make diversity and inclusion the ‘first nature’ of your organization by not only inviting everyone to the room but interacting in meaningful ways once there. Skot shares tips and insights for building connections outside your comfort zone. Have a Listen.
we want to share your stuff!
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. And please SHARE YOUR PHOTOS with us! We are always looking for photos of creative connections to add to this newsletter. Share with us and let everyone know what you are up to.
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