august 25, 2021
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Pictured above: The 2019 Mediamessagers Flo-fest hip-hop festival. This year's festival will be held on Aug. 27 from 6-9 p.m. at Rotary Park. The festival is a free and family-friendly event!
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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!

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-Art in the Sky Billboards Call to Artists
-Davey Foundation Short Film Grants
-City of Lansing Arts & Culture Grants
-City of Lansing Arts & Culture Grant Workshop
-MCACA Arts & Equipment Grants
-MCACA Bus Grants
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, 2020Learn 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.

Lansing Community College Performing Arts announces auditions for its upcoming play "Intimate Apparel," written by Lynn Nottage and directed by Mary Job. "Intimate Apparel" is winner of the 2004 New York Drama Critics Award and the America Theatre Critics Award. Auditions will be held at Dart Auditorium on Sept. 8-9, 2021, from 7-9 p.m. and will be cold readings from the script. Call backs on Sept. 10, 2021, from 6-8 p.m. Masks are required at auditions, regardless of vaccination status. Learn more.

Lansing Community College Performing Arts announces Singing Auditions led by Kelly Stuible-Clark and Jeff English. These auditions are to discover the singing/acting talent at LCC and in the community as they prepare for their upcoming season. These auditions are NOT to cast any roles in any of their season productions. To audition, prepare 32 bars of music and something that shows off your singing/acting ability (no Sondheim). An accompanist will be provided. Auditions will be held Aug. 27, 2021, 6-9 p.m. and Aug. 28, 2021, 2-5 p.m. at Dart Auditorium. 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, Aug. 30, 2021, 5 p.m. 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.

The Heartland Artists Gallery in Plymouth, Indiana seeks entries for its 33rd annual juried art exhibition that is both in-person and online, Oct. 1-30, 2021. Over $1,000 in Merit Awards and over $1,200 in Purchase Awards will be given. The artists must be able to submit a photo and deliver their artwork to the gallery (shipped or in person). Open to artists in all media. Each entry must be the original concept and work of the artist, completed within the last two years and not previously shown in a Heartland Artist Regional Art Show. Application deadline is Sept. 19, 2021. 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.

Berkeley Arts Council seeks entries for a juried art exhibition, Oct. 13-Nov. 13, 2021, at Berkeley Art Works in Martinsburg, West Virginia. Best in Show, Merit Award and Honorable Mention awards will be given. Open to all artists throughout the continental United States, over the age of 18, working in any watercolor medium or technique, in 2- or 3-dimensions. Mixed media where watercolor is the primary medium is welcome. The theme for the exhibit is open. Work must be original, completed within the last three years and must not have been exhibited previously at the Berkeley Art Works. Application deadline is Aug. 30, 2021. Learn more.

Arc Gallery in San Francisco seeks entries for their juried art exhibition, "Vices," Nov. 20-Dec. 18, 2021. They are seeking works that depict vices in all their wicked glory. It can be your own secret vice or something you've observed. Examples include drinking alcohol, smoking, gambling, prostitution, promiscuity, shoplifting, taking drugs for pleasure, over-indulgence in rich foods, driving over the speed limit, receiving kickbacks or bribes, failing to recycle, blackmailing or cheating. They await your interpretations from humorous to moralistic to sleazy. Media: Sculpture, painting, drawing, photo, printmaking, ceramics, assemblage, collage, mixed media, fiber art, glass art, artist book. Artist fee is $35 for three works. Application deadline is Sept. 13, 2021. Learn more.

Caldwell Arts Council seeks entries for the "35th Annual Sculpture Celebration" held Sept. 11, 2021, at Broyhill Walking Park in Lenoir, North Carolina. Total awards of $11,000 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 and all sculptural artwork is welcome. Event is held outdoors rain or shine. Entry fee is $50-80 (Discounts available for early registration). Application deadline is Sept. 10, 2021. Learn more.

Toni Beauchamp Prize in Critical Art Writing seeks to bring exposure to writers who are dealing with the spirit of the age and unafraid to ask difficult questions. The 2021 Beauchamp Prize will be judged by Jenna Wortham, journalist and culture writer from The New York Times Magazine. Grounded in both scholarship and journalism, critical art writing occupies a specific niche. The best examples appeal to a diverse readership through an accessible approach and maintain a unique voice and literary excellence. The Beauchamp Prize will consider submissions of work that have been written (or published) within the last year. A variety of creative approaches and formats to writing on the visual arts are encouraged and can include thematic essays, exhibition reviews and scholarly essays. Application deadline is Aug. 31, 2021. Learn more.
classes webinars conferences readings
Arts Council of Greater Lansing announces a grant workshop for the City of Lansing Arts & Culture Grant Program. The workshop will provide information about Arts Projects Grants (application deadline Sept. 14, 2021) as well as information about the City of Lansing Arts Impact Project and the Mini Pocket Grant programs. The workshop will be held Sept. 1, 2021, from 12-2 p.m. in the Community Room at Schmidt Southside Community Center. There will also be a zoom link for all interested in attending virtually. Learn more.

Springboard for the Arts presents "Work of Art: Engaging Customers & Selling Your Work." Work of Art is a professional development curriculum designed to teach business skills to artists in all disciplines — visual, performing and literary arts. This is the final episode of this series (complete curriculum available for download). Learn tools and techniques to communicate the value of your work to potential customers. This free Zoom class will be held Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Learn more.

Creative Capital presents "Artist Finances: Mindset & Money." Dancer and educator Erika Moore developed this online workshop for artists after recognizing her own pitfalls related to money management. Participants are guided through a holistic approach to money management, starting with uncovering their money blueprint. Mindset & Money is an engaging, high-energy, humorous workshop, filled with diverse perspectives on life, career and choice. This Zoom workshop is $25 and will be held Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Learn more.

Community Centric Fundraising looks at equity and strategic planning in their article: "White-led Organizations: Here are Three Keys to Incorporating Racial Equity in Strategic Planning." Here's an excerpt: "A strategic plan is only as good as the lived experience of the people weighing in and making decisions throughout the planning process. Here’s the thing about systems: They aren’t just somewhere ‘out there.’ They’re with us, in the historically white-led organizations that many of us, people of all races, work in every day. If we are going to be genuine and not superficial about shifting systems, there is deep culture work that needs to be done." Read 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, 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. 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. If you would like to participate as an artist there are lots of 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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