march 9, 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 a scene from Downtown Lansing Inc.'s Winterfest Kayak Race sponsored by Rivertown Adventures and featuring our fearless leader Meghan Martin, local artist Ryan Holmes and group of excited and supportive community members! Photo by Ariniko Artistry.)
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.

Artless Bastard in De Pere, Wisconsin, seeks entries for a juried art exhibition, "Abstracted." Seeking original abstract artwork created within the last two years. Open to all mediums except performance art. Open to artists within the United States. Deadline: March 18, 2022.

The Shelby Township Art Fair Committee and Parks & Recreation Department in Shelby, Michigan, seek artists for the 39th annual juried art show and fair held at River Bends Park in southeast Michigan. Variety of mediums accepted including art, fine crafts and a Michigan Made Market. Deadline: April 1, 2022.

The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio, seeks entries for a juried art exhibition, June 19 - August 14, 2022. All 2D works and lightweight low relief. Deadline: April 12, 2022.

The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin, invites submissions to its annual juried "Birds in Art" exhibition. Artists working in all mediums other than photography can submit original, 2D and 3D artworks interpreting birds and related subject matter for jury consideration. Deadline: April 15, 2022. 

The Toledo Zoo in Toledo, Ohio, is seeking creative artists and skilled makers to take part in their two-day art fair, "Wild about Art." Accepted mediums include ceramics, drawing, painting, glass, jewelry, mixed media, metal working, photography, printmaking/graphics, sculpture, textiles and wood. Deadline: April 25, 2022.

Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio, invites visual artists and designers to submit original works of art that are 7" or smaller not including framing or presentation for a juried art exhibition. Deadline: March 19, 2022.
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Americans for the Arts ArtsU presents "Placemaking vs Placekeeping: Steps to Doing More Equitable Art Interventions." This four-hour "ArtsU Intensive" workshop is led by Allentza Michel, founder and creative director of Powerful Pathways and awardee of the 2021 Jorge and Darlene Pérez Prize in Public Art & Civic Design. Date & Time: March 10, 2022, from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET.

Michigan Arts & Culture Council (MACC) presents a FREE grant workshop. Program managers will walk attendees through the application process, discuss changes in the guidelines and give tips on how to write a strong grant application for FY23. Date & Time: March 14, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at Impression 5 Science Center, Lansing, Michigan. (This workshop will also be offered virtually.)

Creative Capital presents "A Sustainable Creative Life: Community and Opportunities." In this two-part workshop, Sharon Louden will offer visual artists strategies to engage their communities and demonstrate pragmatic approaches to sustaining a creative life. Louden will share the expertise she has gained through collaborations and conversations with gallery owners, museum professionals, critics, curators, nonprofits, residencies, academics and others in different art communities. Date & Time: April 4 & 11, 2022, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. EST
Filling the Well Episode 1: "Resilience, Self Care and Joy." Filling the Well is a new podcast created by Arts Midwest and hosted by reporter Marianne Combs with a goal to nourish, provoke and inspire artists and arts leaders. This episode address ways to avoid burnout and use creativity during challenging times. "Dive into the art of taking care of you with two radical self-care strategists, Dr. Joi Lewis and Joe Davis."  Have a listen!
"Artwork Archive" blog post by Stephanie Eche. "How Can We Create More Diversity in Public Art?." Excerpt: "It is especially hard for emerging artists, curators and art consultants to propose new and innovative projects if there is not much public information around past project budgets [...] In order to create more diversity in who makes decisions about art in public space and who gets art commissions, project budgets should be shared with documentation of the project." Read.
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We don't want to say goodbye to any of our dear members, but unfortunately, if you haven't renewed your membership, then your benefits are about to go slip slidin' away. March 15, 2022, is the end of the line, and your directory listing will disappear from our website and this truly amazing opportunities newsletter will no longer arrive in your inbox bringing you exclusive info for your arts business or organization. You DON'T want that to happen! So....

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Renew your membership today. And, hey, while you're at it, tell your friends to join. The more the merrier, and the bigger the arts impact. Together we can make things happen! Take the leap like your fellow creatives below, and RENEW NOW!
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