aug. 24, 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: Another successful and busy Old Town ArtFeast held in Old Town Lansing, Aug. 20, 2022.)
The world needs you and your creativity, now and every day, so please keep making art, seeking out opportunities, going to those auditions and submitting those applications.
Arts Council Greater Lansing has opportunities available for fall communications, graphic design, public relations, marketing or build-your-own internships. These positions will be mostly remote with some in-office hours. Please share far and wide with the students in your life. Contact our communications manager at with questions. Deadline: Ongoing

Arts Council Greater Lansing announces its upcoming Grant Chat. Grant Chats are monthly drop-in events held at cafes in the Capital Region. Swing by Evelyn Bay Coffee Shop on Sept. 6, 2022, between 2 and 4 p.m. to discuss your creative ideas with membership and program manager Taylor Haslett! Get information on local grant opportunities and assistance in planning your applications. RSVP by email at, or just pop into the cafe!

Wharton Center’s Institute for Arts & Creativity announces its inaugural Teaching Artist Institute from Sept. 15-17, 2022. This workshop is for emerging fine artists—performing and visual arts—who would like a thorough look at the profession of teaching artistry. This three-day session will be presented by Wharton guest facilitator Eric Booth. Participants will receive three days of workshops, lunch each day and a copy of Eric’s book "The Everyday Work of Art." The cost of the event is $40 and financial assistance is available. Apply today!
save the dates
You don't want to miss it
This year's Creative Placemaking Summit is taking place Oct. 3 - 7, 2022, and trust us, you want to be there! Our exciting new format provides five days of happenings in different venues around town and will include panels, chats, presentations, interactive sessions, networking and more! Attend each day, or pick and choose the sessions you are interested in. Learn more!
calls to artists
The City of East Lansing announces its 2022 East Lansing Photo Contest! They want to see some of your favorite spots in the community! Submit your best #EastLansing photos to the 2022 East Lansing Community Photo Contest! There are some great prizes up for grabs! Deadline: Oct. 16, 2022.

The DeWitt Downtown Development Authority (DDA) announces a call for proposals (RFP) for a work of art in the form of four functional, artistic benches to be located at the four corners just north of Main St. on Bridge St. The art pieces/benches are envisioned as being highly visible to both automobile and pedestrian traffic and adding to the unique character of the City of DeWitt and the downtown business district. The competition is open to all artists, architects and designers that live or work in the tri-County region of Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties. Deadline: Oct. 3, 2022.

Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center seeks artists for the Michigan Made Holiday Art Exhibition, which will feature artworks that range from fine art to small gifts, including jewelry, paintings, pottery, metal work, leather goods, paper products, glass works, woodworking and more. They seek contemporary fine art, inspired modern craft and items designed by Michigan makers. Deadline: Sept. 7, 2022.

IQHub is seeking artists to participate in their fall/winter Art Explosion exhibition held at IQHub in St. Johns, Michigan. Paintings, drawing, jewelry, sculptures, glass and multiple other disciplines will be accepted. Contact IQHub at Check out last year's event.

The East Lansing Art Festival (ELAF) announces a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for graphic designers, artists and/or firms interested in designing the poster and other deliverables for next year’s festival. The new festival poster design will be used to develop corresponding printable pieces, such as festival t-shirts and advertising. The design should encapsulate the ELAF and showcase its fine art mission, while also getting the community excited for the next event and being easily transferrable to different mediums. Michigan-based artists/designers/firms are preferred, with local artists/designers/firms (those in the tri-county area) given priority consideration. Deadline: Sept. 8, 2022.

and beyond...
Northville Art House in Northville, Michigan, announces a call to artists for its "Small Works," juried, all media exhibition. Artists, 18 and over, may submit a maximum of six original works. Artwork must be created within the last five years, and not previously exhibited at the Art House. The maximum size of all artwork including the frame is 16” in any direction. Artwork is required to be for sale. Deadline: Sept. 11, 2022.

Canvas Pontiac in Pontiac, Michigan, announces a call to artists for a juried art contest & outdoor exhibit. Cash awards will be presented in each category. They are accepting paintings, drawings, photographs, digital art, NFTs and mixed media. Deadline: Aug. 31, 2022.

The Gallery at Cherry Hill in Canton, Michigan, is now accepting entries for the 28th annual "Canton Fine Arts Exhibition," which will be on display Oct. 4 - 30, 2022. Entries for this distinguished exhibition are currently being accepted. All media is accepted for this outstanding exhibition. Michigan artists are encouraged to enter online. Deadline: Aug. 31, 2022.

Midwest Center for Photography in Wichita, Kansas, seeks entries for a juried photography exhibition, "Hot New Pics." Artist will receive cash award and one-year artist representation at MWCPONLINE. The annual Hot New Pics Show will showcase the hottest current work from photographers worldwide. Open to all photographers internationally. Open to all subject matter and photographic media. Deadline: Aug. 31, 2022. 

McCord Gallery & Cultural Center in Palos Park, Illinois, is seeking entries for its exhibition “Unmasked." After so much time being hidden behind masks, this exhibition seeks to capture artists' interpretations of “unmasking:” to reveal the true character of something. This is a juried exhibition. Acceptable mediums include acrylic, charcoal, collage, color pencil, drawings, mixed media, oil, pastel, pen and ink and watercolor. Deadline: Sept. 2, 2022.

Mark Arts in Wichita, Kansas, announces a call to artists for a juried art exhibition. Only original paintings in water media on paper are acceptable. The exhibition is open to all artists living and working in the United States. Work must be ready to exhibit, created in the past three years and not previously exhibited in a Mark Arts exhibition. Deadline: Sept. 2, 2022. 
growing opportunities
OneBeat is a music exchange and incubator for music-based social entrepreneurship, where innovative musicians from around the world launch collaborative projects designed to make a positive impact on local and global communities. Applicants must be over 19 years old and younger than 35. Applicants do not need to have formal musical training. Music of all genres is welcome. All travel, transportation, food and lodging are covered. Application required. Deadline: Sept. 2, 2022.
The Dots Between is offering a free course to a select number of artists. The course is a financial coaching program for those who have started to bring in more resources than ever before and need to establish the financial and business structures that will support their long-term career growth.
Deadline: Sept. 15, 2022.

Pratt Institute is offering daily meditation and contemplative practices, including breathing breaks, reflection journaling, monthly morning practice, midweek mantras, mindful drawing and meditation. These are virtual offerings and are free and open to all. Learn more and sign up for a session.
renewal time already?
It's true! It's almost that time of year--time to renew your membership. And we look so forward to having you all in our community again next year. Even more, we hope you will invite your friends to join us as well!

creative connections
Arts Council membership is such a great way to make creative connections within our community, and we love to see it grow. The more the merrier, as they say! So mark your calendars for October, and keep your eyes open for more membership info soon.
festivals and events
Don't forget to check our Events Calendar for upcoming arts and cultural festivals and events in our area! If you know an organization or event organizer who should be a member of our Festival Alliance, have them contact Taylor at for more info.

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