june 16, 2021
Welcome to Creative Connection--your bi-monthly a member resource for arts and culture grants, fellowships, workshops, calls to artists, arts and cultural organization resources, jobs, competitions and more!
Pictured above are L-R Matt Hund, Cathleen Edgerly, Guillermo Flores, Julie Reinhardt, Courtney Prins, Cindi Kepic and JJ Jayawook showing their Lansing pride at the Lansing 5:01 event, Block:Aid, which recently took place in Downtown Lansing. The art is a pop-up installation designed by Natalie Puckett.
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this week's highlights
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!

-MIHumanities Arts and Humanities Touring Grants
-Artist Relief Funds
-Michigan Medicine University of Michigan "Gift of Art" call to artists
-PlacemakingUS Roadtrip to Recovery
grants funding
calls competitions
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.

Old Town Commercial Association (OTCA) announces a call to artists for its annual Art Feast festival being held on Saturday, Aug. 21 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Turner Street in the heart of Old Town, Lansing. Artists of all mediums are invited to apply for space. Goods must be handmade. The OTCA will provide a 10 ft. × 10 ft. space. Artists are required to provide their own tables, chairs, pop-up tents and anything else they may need. A $65 booth fee will be required on acceptance of application in order to reserve a space. Application deadline and registration details TBD. Learn more.

Michigan Medicine University of Michigan is seeking submissions for solo and group art exhibits for its Gifts of Art Program for the September 2021 to August 2022 exhibition year. The "Gifts of Art" exhibition brings the world of art and music to Michigan Medicine at the University of Michigan. Their nine 2-D and 3-D galleries throughout the medical center are viewed by approximately 10,000 people a day and display over 30 exhibits a year. They will choose art that welcomes, amplifies voices and reflects the community they serve. People of all races, ethnicities, ages, genders, sexual orientations, religions, beliefs, abilities, socioeconomic statuses and levels of education are welcome to apply. Application deadline is June 30, 2021. Learn more.

Harper College of Illinois announces a call to artists for its annual "Small Works." This national juried exhibition highlights work selected from entries by artists from across the country. Open to artworks, 24 inches or less, including the frame. The show will feature a wide array of media, ranging from photography and prints to painting and sculpture. Application deadline is June 28, 2021. Learn more.

The AuSable Artisan Village in Grayling, Michigan, seeks entries for its juried art exhibition "Third Annual Art Explosion" to be held Aug. 28 - Sept. 11, 2021. Any artists age 18 and over can register their artwork to compete for more than $10,000 in awards. Open to all visual mediums. See rules for more details. Application deadline is July 15, 2021. Learn more.

Cincinnati Art Club announces a call to artists for their juried art exhibition, "ViewPoint 53" to be held Sept. 17, 2021 through Oct. 22, 2021 at Art Design Consultants in Cincinnati, Ohio. More than $4000 in awards will be given. They are seeking traditional 2D works (painting, pastels, graphite, etc. as well as sculpture). Application deadline is July 15, 2021. Learn more.

3 Square Art of Northern Colorado announces a call for artists for their fourth annual juried exhibition, "Figure That!" They want to see artist's best figurative work that creates a new take on the human figure. The competition welcomes all media, including painting, drawing, mixed media, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography, digital art and textiles (No reproduction prints). Application deadline is June 20, 2021. Learn more.

Praxis Gallery in Minneapolis seeks the submission of photographic art for their exhibition "The Streets." They are seeking works that explore the genre of street photography from all angles, including people, urban structure and documentary subject matter. All genres, capture types, black & white and color, traditional and non-traditional photographic and digital post-production processes are welcome for submission. Application deadline is June 30, 2021. Learn more.

Oil Painters of America announces a call to artists for a juried art exhibition, Oct. 15 - Nov. 27, 2021 at Marks Arts in Witchita. Cash prizes and merchandise up to $11,500. Submission must be originally conceived: your own reference, your own drawing, your own concept and must have been self-painted. Representational oil paintings must be within the maximum size restriction of 1,200 square inches. Fees include $30 for one entry; $45 for two and $60 for three. Application deadline is July 9, 2021. Learn more.
classes webinars conferences readings
Springboard for the Arts presents "Work of Art: Marketing." Define your product, discover your target audience, make decisions about how you sell your work and identify a budget and strategy for your artistic business.
This free Zoom event takes place on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. These meetings are designed to be collaborative events with all participants being able to screen share, turn on their video and audio and see who else is in attendance. This event can be attended for free using a cell phone or landline number and does not require video conferencing equipment or an internet connection. Learn more.

Nonprofit Network presents "Starting a Nonprofit Organization--Virtual Workshop." Starting a nonprofit takes a considerable amount of time, understanding of financial management, leadership and managerial skills and fundraising. This workshop will help you identify what you need to consider before forming your organization as well as how to prioritize, plan, and complete the process. Registration fee is $50 (includes the nonprofit booklet). Additional member of same organization: $25. Workshop takes place on June 24, 2021 on Zoom from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Learn more.

Nonprofit AF, "20 Subtle Ways White Supremacy Manifests in Nonprofit and Philanthropy," excerpt: "When I bring up white supremacy in meetings or presentations, sometimes I get the feedback of “that’s a really heavy term. Is it really applicable to this situation? Can’t we just call it ‘inequity’ or ‘injustice’ or something that won’t turn people off?” We are a sector terrified of naming things, even as we seek to fight them. But how can we be effective when we refuse to name what we’re fighting?" Read more.

Forbes Nonprofit Council, "10 Techniques For Adopting A Growth Mindset," excerpt: "Continually striving for growth is an important focus for nonprofit managers. If they want to secure funding and support, they'll need to show how their organization can keep improving and developing the community they are operating in. From small projects to large initiatives, managers need to view each action like it can have a huge impact on the future of the nonprofit." Read more.
PlacemakingUs is going on the road this summer to explore cities and learn how they are working to "build back better." Read all about it.
Keep up with PlacemakingUs Road Trip to Recovery and all of the great placemaking projects happening around the U.S. by joining their Facebook Group!
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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 dawn@lansingarts.org to list your opportunity in our next Creative Connection.
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