nov. 2, 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 membership and program manager Taylor Haslett along with Mario Barr and member Ida VanBeelen at one of our monthly Grant Chats held in area cafes. Learn more about these free opportunities to drop in and chat about grants and project ideas.)
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.
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...
Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon, seeks entries for its juried photography exhibition, "Vision: Color Photography." A total of 24 photographs will be selected for exhibition at the gallery. An additional 30 photographs will be displayed online. Open to all photographers. A $40 entry fee is required. Deadline: Nov. 11, 2022.

Hopkins Center for the Arts in Hopkins, Minnesota, seeks entries for its juried art exhibition, "Arts North International 28." A total of $10,000 of awards are available, including $3000 for Best of Show. Entries must be original work completed since January 1, 2020, and may not have been exhibited in previous Arts North exhibitions. Deadline: Nov. 13, 2022.

Artists Network announces a call to artists for "Splash 24 | The Best of Watercolor." The dominant medium for entry must be watercolor, though some minor use of other media may be acceptable. Entrants must specify any other media used in addition to watercolor in their application. Deadline: Nov. 15, 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: Nov. 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!
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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