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Photography for the Planetarium Dome with Shannon Schmoll, director of Abrams Planetarium

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Abrams Planetarium (755 Science Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824)
$10 members / $15 non-members


360 degree cameras are becoming more affordable and readily-available in a variety of brands these days. The photos from these cameras can be projected on our planetarium domes with great ease, creating immersive environments for people to experience. Abrams Planetarium often uses these photographs for virtual tours of various places, but with some creativity and standard photo-manipulation techniques those environments can become works of art. The planetarium can also be used to manipulate other forms of photography into interesting environments as well. In this workshop, you will learn about various 360-degree cameras; see how you can use the planetarium software to place photos on to the dome; and experiment with the Planetarium’s cameras.


- Bring a laptop with your preferred photo editing software.

- If you have a 360 camera, please bring that, we will have a few for people to share

- Before the workshop: bring your own photography or a digital copy of other art you may wish to project on our dome to experiment with.

It Pays to Have a Following: Cross-Collaboration to Increase Your Audience and Generate Additional Revenue with Mike Marriott

Wednesday, February 13, 2019,6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

MICA (1210 Turner Street, Lansing, MI 48906)

$10 members / $15 non-members


Are you an artist who is trying to increase your following and find out additional ways to generate revenue for your artistic endeavors? Mike Marriott, The Arts Promoter, owner/director of Opportunity Arts will discuss ways artists can cross-collaborate with other artists, audience segments, businesses and organizations to secure a loyal following, build their audience and utilize that following to generate revenue for their artistic projects.

The workshop will include:

- Strategies for performing and visual artists to work together to expand audiences

- Business sponsorship strategies

- Getting revenue from your social media following

- Making sure your business sponsorships and donor perks go hand-in-hand

- Ensuring your following isn’t casual, but that they are “all in”

- Figuring out what audiences your art appeals to

- Q & A

- Other topics as time allows


- Have something for taking notes (notebook, laptop, etc.)

- Be prepared to meet and engage other class attendees

- Ask questions