oct. 19, 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: Arts Council teammates and Creative Placemaking Summit attendees participating in the Artists Thrive workshop at REACH Studio Art Center. L-R: Sarah Parker, Taylor Haslett, Katrina Daniels, Dawn Gorman and Montana Major.)
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.
jobs and internships
Güd Marketing is seeking team members in the following positions: Client Services: account manager (hybrid); creative freelancer (remote);
Public Relations: public relations winter intern. Deadline: Open until filled
calls to artists
City of Lansing and the Arts Council announce the 2023 Arts Impact Project and pitch competition. Come pitch your project idea to the Arts Impact Project Pitch Panel on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022, from 4:30 - Last Pitch. Get all the info here.

East Lansing Art Festival is seeking submissions for its 2023 East Lansing Art Festival held May 20 - 21, 2023. The ELAF maintains high standards of quality in fine art/fine crafts. All work must be the creation of the exhibiting artist: the original concept, design, style and execution must be attributable solely to the displaying artist(s). All work on display must be consistent with the images submitted. Artists must be 18 years of age or older. The jury fee, before and on Nov. 30, 2022, is $25.00. Beginning Dec. 1, 2022, the fee is $35.00. The jury fee is nonrefundable. Deadline is Jan. 31, 2023.

and beyond...
Camelback Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona, announces a call to artists for its annual "Portraits Painting Competition." They are accepting submissions of artwork that represent people and/or persons as a portrait painting with any artistic freedom of style. Mediums to be considered include oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, encaustic, mixed media, scratchboard, gouache, airbrush, pen, ink, pencil, charcoal, graphite, markers, colored pencil, fiber and collage. Deadline is Oct. 23, 2022.

National Oil and Acrylic Painters in Montgomery, Texas, seeks entries for its 2022 "Fall International Online" exhibition. This exhibition is an international juried online competition open to all artists 18 years of age and older, working in oil and/or acrylic mediums. The top 200 artists will be given recognition on www.NOAPS.org, featuring the artist's name, website address and selected image. Deadline is Oct. 23, 2022.

Praxis Gallery in Minneapolis, Minnesota, seeks submissions of photographic art that demonstrate the fundamental qualities that make motion and blur a compelling element of contemporary photography. All genres, capture types, black and white and color, traditional and non-traditional photographic and digital post-production processes are welcome for submission. Deadline is Oct. 31, 2022.

Woman Made Gallery (WMG) in Chicago, Illinois seeks submissions for the "ROE 2.0- It Ain't Over Yet!" exhibition. This is a hybrid (in-person and virtual) group exhibition juried by WMG's Programming Committee. They encourage intersectional feminist approaches and lived experiences considering gender and sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, and/or disability, among other social locations. Deadline: November 26, 2022.
attend the smARTs artist talk
We are pleased to announce this upcoming artist talk with Pulitzer Prize-winner, Judy Walgren. Judy is an associate director and professor of practice at the MSU School of Journalism. She is also a photo editor, executive producer, curator and visual artist.

In this talk, Judy will explore the evolution of photojournalism and the importance of its influence on social change. She will share about her own career, discussing her experiences with collaborative portraiture and her latest work around the governor election.
This smARTs artist talk will be held on Nov. 15, 2022, from 5 - 7 p.m. at MICA in Old Town. Get all the details and register!
perfect your pitch
Are you planning your pitch for the upcoming City of Lansing Arts Impact pitch competition? Unsure of what skills you need for success?

Join us as Small Business Development regional director Laurie Lonsdorf presents "Perfect Your Pitch," a smARTs Workshop that covers the important elements of every pitch, including content, design and delivery.

In this session, Laurie will cover the must-have categories of every successful pitch, design tips to make your pitch visually appealing, and secrets to delivering your live presentation with ease. Whether you are pitching for the Arts Impact Project or any other project, you will gain tips and skills from this workshop.

This workshop for the City of Lansing Arts Impact Project will take place on Nov. 16, 2022, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at MICA in Old Town. Get all the details and register!
november grant chat
Let's talk about grants! Grant Chats are casual drop-in gatherings held at area cafés. They offer anyone an opportunity to chat with our membership and program manager Taylor Haslett about project and funding ideas, grant opportunities, membership and more! Drop by The Brew Café on Nov. 10, 2022, between 1 - 3 p.m. or email Taylor to get more details. Learn more.
Time to Renew!
time to renew your membership!
The time is here! Time to renew your Arts Council membership. We look forward to having you all in our community again next year. Our members are so important to the work we do, and we value you all so much. We need you to help make art happen in our region!

make the connection
Arts Council membership is such a great way to make creative connections within our community, and we love to see it grow, not to mention you get great benefits, such as discounts on professional development workshops, grant opportunities, consultations, this informational newsletter and so much more. So renew your membership today, and please invite your creative friends to join us as well! The larger our creative community, the more we can create! Renew today!
a new face
Welcome Michelle
We have a new face at the Arts Council! We are happy to introduce to you the newest member of our team, Michelle Weinfeld-Geller. Michelle recently joined us as our new administrative assistant, and we're so happy to have her on board. She'll be a great support to our staff and you! You can welcome her with an email to michelle@lansingarts.org, and you can read her bio to learn more about her.
call for nominations
Michigan Art Park is accepting nominations for its 2023 Legacy Award. The Legacy Award honors a significant individual and their work that complements the Art Park's mission to inspire awareness, appreciation and passion for Michigan’s history, culture, and the environment through the arts. Nominations are being accepted now through Oct. 22, 2022. The selected individual or institution will be honored at their Annual Legacy Gala in August. Learn more about past honorees. Nominate today!
festivals and events
it's almost howloween
Halloween is just around the corner and so is Preuss Pets annual Howloween event in Old Town Lansing. As always, the Arts Council will be taking part, happily handing out doggie treats to all the pups who drop by.

Whether or not you have a pooch, we hope you will stop down and say hello, enjoy some shopping in Old Town, grab a drink and stroll the area (thanks to Social Districts) or even grab some dinner. Howloween takes place on Oct. 28, 2022, from 4 - 7 p.m. (Photo credit: Mark Chamberlin) Get all the info!
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 taylor@lansingarts.org for more info.

We want your news...
Come on! Let us have it so we can share it! Send your stuff--your events--your photos and happenings! We want to share them in this bi-weekly newsletter. Let all of your fellow members know what you are creating and doing.

Share the love! Email Dawn at dawn@lansingarts.org with all the goodness.
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