april 20, 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 the Capital City Film Festival crew, happily celebrating the in-person return of their beloved festival which took place last week! )
GRIT Grants Coming Soon
We are beyond excited to announce our Gaining Recovery in Transition (GRIT) Grants, which will be opening in a few days! We are busy putting a few final touches on this amazing program that will be available to both artists and nonprofit arts 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. Be on the lookout for an announcement coming to your inbox very soon! We can't wait to work with you all!
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.

The Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce invites submissions from artists and fine crafters in all media and categories for the Brighton Art and Music Festival held in Brighton, Michigan. Deadline: May 1, 2022.

LowellArts is seeking proposals for its 2023/2024 exhibitions.
Artists, curators, artist groups and instructors are encouraged to submit a proposal for an exhibition at LowellArts between the winter of 2023 and fall of 2024. Approximately 6-8 exhibitions slots are available. Deadline: May 1, 2022.

Kellogg Community College is seeking sculptures to install and display at the North Avenue campus in Battle Creek, Michigan, as part of the 3rd Biennial Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. Selected artists will be awarded a $750 stipend for general project expenses. Selected sculptures will be on display for public viewing on campus for 24 months, with the possibility for extended installation or purchase. Deadline: May 1,2022.

The Kenosha Community Foundation Arts Fund in Kenosha, Wisconsin, is seeking outdoor sculptures for their "2022-2024 Sculpture Walk - HarborPark Exhibition," on the grounds of HarborPark area located on Lake Michigan. Installation of works is anticipated for September 2022. Special consideration will be given to life size and/or monumental sculptures. No application fee. Deadline: May 2, 2022.

SOS Art seeks entries for its juried art exhibition, "USA Miniprints for Peace and Justice," to be held June 24 - July 10, 2022, at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Only traditional printmaking techniques (no digital) will be accepted, size must be 6 in x 6 in image centered on a 10 in x 10 in paper. Artist may submit up to three different miniprints, must be created within the past five years. No entry fee. Deadline: June 5, 2022. 

The Fremont Chamber of Commerce seeks artists and crafters for the Fremont Music Fest, June 24, 2022, 4:00 - 9:30 p.m. and June 25, 2022, 12:00 - 10:00 p.m. on Fremont Road, Fremont, Indiana. They welcome all crafters, including painters, stained glass artists, potters, wood workers, glassblowers, jewelry makers, etc. Artists provide their own table, chairs, canopy, etc. $25 fee. Email or call 260-495-5225. Deadline: June 10, 2022.

The Dairy Barn Arts Center with support from Ohio University School of Visual Communication seeks entries for the third biennial international exhibition, "WideOpen: Excellence in Photography." This exhibition has featured outstanding work by established, emerging and amateur photographers. Each accepted photo will be featured in the "WideOpen: Excellence in Photography" 2022 exhibition catalog. Deadline: June 30, 2022.
workshops conferences residencies
Arts Council Greater Lansing presents the Ingham County Hotel/Motel Funds for Arts & Tourism Grant Workshop. Join membership and program manager Taylor Haslett who will introduce the 2022 Ingham County Hotel/ Motel Grant, go over changes, guidelines, applications and deadlines and open the floor for Q&A from attendees. Event will be held at MICA Gallery, 1210 Turner St., Old Town. Virtual option via Zoom is also available. Date & Time: April 22, 2022, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Arts Council of Greater Lansing presents its April smARTS workshop, "Elevating Stories in the Fresh Coast State." In this workshop, marketing and communications professional Josh Holliday will detail his work as founder and editor of the statewide digital storytelling platform, "Fresh Perspective." Come learn about this unique publication that shares stories of the artists, creatives and innovators who are making Michigan a vibrant and exciting place and find out how you or your organization can be featured! Date & Time: April 27, 2022, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Attend the 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
Beyond the Studio: BTS x The Side Woo: Balancing the Spiritual and Practical Side of a Creative Career--Join hosts Amanda Adams & Nicole Mueller, and guests Sarah Thibault and Liz Bernstein, co-hosts of "The Side Woo," in their first podcaster roundtable on cultivating the inner voice to make better decisions, manifest money and use tarot and astrology to better understand yourself and your work. Get curious with this conversation about balancing the spiritual and the practical while building a creative career. This is podcast is full of gems. Don't do WOO? The practical side is WOW! Get your practical magic.
This Nonprofit AF article, "21 irritating jargon phrases, and new clichés you should replace them with," was written in 2016, but most of them are still in use, and the suggestions for replacement are so "gen-op!"

Give it a read if you are up for a bit of a chuckle! Excerpt: "But no one offers alternatives to jargon. And it is my philosophy to never offer a critique without offering potential solutions, unless I’m lazy. So I made up new jargon that you can use as alternatives. Try them out. Hopefully, these new clichés will catch on so that we can make charts to complain about them later..." Enjoy a chortle (or snortle).
small business boost program
Need a Boost?
The "Small Business Boost Program" is offered by City of Lansing Office of Financial Empowerment in partnership with Cristo Rey Financial Empowerment Center and LEAP.

The specialized financial counseling program helps participants:

  • Negotiate lower payments on debts
  • Apply for income-based student loan repayments
  • Provide avenues to improve access to credit
  • Improve personal finances

Trained, professional financial counselors will work with you one-on-one to help you achieve your financial goals.

The program spans from March of 2022 to March of 2023.

Upon completing each counseling session, participants' names are entered in a drawing to win a $500 gift card. The more sessions you attend, the better your chances of achieving your financial goals and a gift card! Get your boost!
festival fever
We want you, we need you...
and yes, we love you, which means we want to be here for you.

So...let us share your stuff--your events--your faces and happenings in this bi-weekly newsletter so all of our members (including you) know what is being created. So come on and share the love!

Email Dawn at dawn@lansingarts.org with all the goods!
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