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Classes- Casual Clay Studio Sessions at REACH Studio Art Center

All Ages (children ages 2-17 and Adults)

Discover the joy of molding, pinching, forming, sculpting and wheel throwing clay during this casual, unstructured clay studio intended for all levels. Students come to make smaller projects of their choice but can also get guidance from the facilitator. If students want to glaze their items they will need to sign up (and pay) for another Casual Clay session.  Register for each 2 hour session.  Families and individuals welcome. Clay is purchased separately. 2 hour sessions scheduled on 1st Saturdays, Oct-May.

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Call for Creatives - Chelsea Community Gateway Sculpture

The Chelsea, Michigan Area Chamber of Commerce “Chamber” is accepting innovative entries for the design, fabrication, and installation of an iconic gateway sign.  The sign will be installed at a high-volume entry point to the community.  

The location of the sign is tentatively planned for M-52 corridor. 

The funds for this project originated from a grant that was awarded by the Washtenaw County Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Community Tourism Action Plan “CTAP” program. This is a marketing and community development investment program benefiting Washtenaw County. Click for link to full Press Release

SCOPE AND PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The sign should have an immediate visual impact. It will be in the line of sight for motorists and passengers.  The scale of the sign is targeted to be 20 ft. tall by 16 ft. wide. Final confirmation on any restrictions from MDOT will be obtained before design work has begun.    

We are specifically seeking outdoor signage that incorporates the following criteria:

  • Sculptural design inspired by Chelsea's natural beauty, city charm, and iconic landmarks. Chelsea is the gateway to the 25,000-acre Waterloo Recreation Area. Residents and visitors come to experience the beauty of Michigan in this protected area. Nature enthusiasts come to Chelsea to hike, ski or bike miles of trails, fish in beautiful lakes, or experience the migration of sandhill cranes.   
  • Easily identifiable from a distance (will not require close-up inspection)
  • Includes the word(s) “Chelsea,” “Chelsea Welcomes You” or similar statement
  • Design cannot be construed as traffic or wayfinding signals
  • Integration of five 30-inch circular symbols / logos for the following organizations:  Lions, Rotary, Kiwanis, ChelseaMich and the Library. These symbols will be provided to the Artist 
  • All materials, design and composition are welcome if they are fit for outdoor installation and have a long-life expectancy, i.e., 20 years + requiring minimal upkeep. 

The photos below, are signs that have interesting and attractive characteristics and are included for reference only. We are not seeking likenesses nor do we want to hamper your design ideas.

For more information, email the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce at info@chelseamichamber.org. or call (734) 475-1145.

For most recent documents or updates please visit http://chelseamich.com/gatewaysign/

Call for Creatives - Artwalk 2017

Open to visual and performing artists, ArtWalk Owosso was created to be a celebration of art, music, food, photography, sculpture, literature, craft, and community, and it wants YOU to participate. ArtWalk is open to artists of all mediums and is located throughout the downtown Owosso area! Applications are due Aug. 28. 

GRAMMY Museum Grants Program

With funding generously provided by The Recording Academy, the GRAMMY Museum Grants Program awards grants each year to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage of North America, and research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition. These grants fund scientific research as well as archiving and preservation projects across the country. 

Find out more here: http://www.grammymuseum.org/programs/grants-program

Michigan Youth Arts Grants

Michigan Youth Arts is offering two new grants on behalf of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs!

Arts & Culture Trek Bus Grant:

Michigan Youth Arts is offering Michigan K-12 schools grants of up to $500 to pay for transportation costs associated with an arts and culture related field trip! The deadline for applications is Oct. 20! 

Arts Equipment & Supplies Grant:

Michigan Youth Arts is offering Michigan K-12 schools grants of up to $1,500 to pay for arts equipment or supplies being used within the classroom/school setting! Teachers of any "arts" subject may apply for the grant, including: visual arts, vocal music, instrumental music, and dance. The deadline for applications is Nov. 3!

Find out more about both grants here: https://www.michiganyoutharts.org/grants.html

American Craft Week seeking submissions

American Craft helps artists share their vision and talent by producing amazing hand-made decorative and functional objects. Absolute Gallery in Lansing's Old Town seeks artists to raise awareness of how American Craft benefits us all through economic, social, historical, mental and physical health and many other avenues on a local, state, national and international level.

If interested in applying submit up to 5 digital images of either representative works or actual works you hope to have selected for exhibition to Kathy Holcomb at absolutegallery@sbcglobal.net.

Images should be submitted in JPG format with each imaged named with your first initial, last name and image number (example: KHolcomb1.jpg) Along with the JPG’s, identify titles of submitted JPG’s, media, sizes and dates made. A narrative should also be included discussing your body of work, your work as an artist and the importance of American Craft for greater Lansing and the world.

Please also include a narrative on how you foresee yourself being featured at Absolute Gallery during American Craft Week 2017, October 6-15.

Please note that artwork will be for sale during the exhibition for American Craft Week. Absolute Gallery will facilitate all sales during the exhibition and will receive a commission of 40% of each piece sold. Absolute Gallery reserves the right to receive above mentioned commission on any special commission pieces sold during the exhibition.

All artists who submit work for consideration will be notified of the decisions by September 6, 2017.

Questions? Feel free to contact Kathy Holcomb at absolutegallery@sbcglobal.net or 517.482.8845

Volunteer - The Michigan Women’s Historical Center & Hall of Fame Internships and Volunteer Positions

Volunteer Opportunities

The Center welcomes those that would like to contribute their time and talents to assist in celebrating Michigan women, sharing women’s history, and supporting our operation. There are many ways you can volunteer to help:

  • Docents: Open and share the museum with visitors on the weekends.
  • Clerical: Assemble visitor materials, prepare mailings, and organizing.
  • Collection Assistants: Inventory, document, move, and store collection items.
  • Special Events: Assist with set-up, staff registration type tables, and help with break-down of events and/or count money and chips at charity poker events.
  • Internships: A limited number of unpaid internships are available for high school and college students. The student is responsible for arranging to receive credit.

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Volunteer - Impression 5 Science Center Seeks Volunteers

VolunteeringBe a part of your science community by volunteering at Impression 5! We have many different volunteer positions available.

Exhibit Area Volunteer

Be a part of the visitor experience as you help guests discover how to play, create, and challenge in the science center! Assist with hands-on exhibits, help visitors uncover new science content, and make their visit a memorable one! 

First Impression Room Volunteer

The First Impression Room is a special area for children ages birth to 4-years-old. In this space you can greet families and help them play, learn, and utilize the area to its fullest potential!

Exhibit Shop Volunteer

Take a step behind the scenes into the Exhibit Shop as you help with exhibit construction and maintenance!  

Maintenance and Cleaning Volunteer

Help keep our exhibits working like new and ensure the facility is clean and welcoming for guests.

Impression 5 TO GO Store Volunteer

Assist in keeping the store shelves stocked and looking great--especially during our busiest hours.

Volunteer Qualifications

Must be 14 years oldAbility to communicate effectively with children and adultsDemonstrate a positive attitude, good judgment, and flexibilityAppreciate exploratory science educationAbility to work individually or in teams

Volunteer shifts are 3 or 4 hours, scheduled on a regular weekly basis. To sign up, complete the registration form below. All volunteer applicants are required to participate in an interview, background check, and orientation and training. For more information please call Marilyn Doty Larson at (517) 485-8116, ext. 137, or email her at volunteer@impression5.org.

 

Visit their website to begin the application process

Call for Creatives - Michigan Youth Arts Database for Teachers Looking for Art Professionals

Calling All Teaching Artists! The Michigan Youth Arts (MYA) Teaching Artist Database is a resource for teachers looking to bring arts professionals into the classroom to reinforce and complement their curriculum.

MYA is looking for educators with experience teaching and engaging with students in the classroom, who would like to be added to the database of arts education professionals.

Applicants must have a formalized education program.

To be considered for inclusion, please fill out the application found on the Michigan Youth Arts website, and send it to resources@michiganyoutharts.org

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Volunteer - Lansing Art Gallery Seeks Volunteers

Volunteers are our most valuable resource! Helping with receptions, gallery exhibitions, and education programs are only a few of the volunteer opportunities available. Volunteers demonstrate a sincere commitment to Lansing Art Gallery’s mission, offer regular assistance and are selected through an application process.  

If you are interested in becoming a Lansing Art Gallery volunteer, fill out the form below! Please contact Gallery Coordinator Sara Pulver at sara@lansingartgallery.org, or 517. 374. 6400 x.3 with any additional questions.

 

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Funding - NEA Literature Fellowship for Creative Writing Fellowship

Creative Writing Fellowships 

The NEA Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. The NEA Literature Fellowships program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years. These guidelines are for fellowships in poetry. You may apply only once each year. If you have questions about your application, please contact the Literature staff at 202/682-5034, or e-mail LitFellowships@arts.gov.

Call for Creatives - National Endowment for the Arts Introduces CREATIVZ.US

INTRODUCING CREATIVZ.US

Hello all! You and your network are invited to participate in something new and important from the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Center for Cultural Innovation. 

INTRODUCING CREATIVZ.US 

It's a conversation about what artists and designers in the United States need to sustain and strengthen their careers. As part of the NEA's 50th anniversary initiative -- Creativity Connects -- the research project highlights how the arts contribute to the nation's creative ecosystem. CREATIVZ.US is being managed by our partner, the Center for Cultural Innovation, and supported by the Surdna and Doris Duke Charitable Foundations. 

Over the next few months CREATIVZ will publish a series of essays by a variety of artists, designers and arts thinkers. You'll see a few there now. 

We want to include your voice! What we've launched is not a summary of research findings, but rather an integral part of the research process itself. Our goal is to hear from as many artists, designers, and support providers as possible. A report will be published and available in June. 

Here's how you can help. Please share and join the conversation with your design friends and supporters. You can add comments to any of the essays on the web site or use your favorite social app to say something. If you use social media, please use the hashtag #creativz so we see it. 

You can also share or follow CREATIVZ on Facebook and Twitter - @creativzus. 

We really want to hear from you and hope you'll be inspired to add your voice. 

Thank you for engaging with us! 

The NEA Design Staff

Jason Schupbach, Director

Jen Hughes, Design Specialist - Our Town/MICD/CIRD 

Courtney Spearman, Design Specialist - Art Works

Katryna Carter, Design Consultant

Bryan McEntire, Assistant Grants Management Specialist

Call for Creatives - Add Your Voice to U.S. Poet Laureate's Epic Poem Project

 Add Your Voice to U.S. Poet Laureate's Epic Poem Project  

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera wants your words to be part of his online project as Poet Laureate. Submit up to 200 characters on Herrera's fifth "La Familia" theme: Thank-You Poems to Our Vets. Herrera says "La Familia" (The Family) is an opportunity for you to contribute to an epic poem of all our voices and styles and experiences. By contributing to La Familia, you will be part of my family—and all our words will be seen and our voices be heard, throughout the nation and beyond."Only one submission during each 30-day themed period is permitted per author, and submissions for each month's theme must be received by the 14th of that month. 

Visit their website for more information

Volunteer - South Haven Creativity Counts Needs Volunteers

Spring and Summer Volunteers 

This Spring we are launching Creativity Counts, a program to give every student in South Haven the opportunity to explore creativity. Creativity is the fuel that sparks innovation. Our schools do a wonderful job with their limited resources, but as a caring community, we need to do more. 

We are looking for volunteers to help with teaching, mentoring, and any ideas and projects you would like to add to the program.  We need your support! Everything from time to help with children’s classes to art internships. 

To sign up to help, contact Thea at thea.scha@gmail.com 

Funding - Accredited Schools Online Information

Accredited Schools Online

This website offers a comprehensize guide for students interested in art school. It offers advice, statistics and a number of resources, including links to scholarships and grants, throughout its website. It also is setup in such a way as to offer users easy access to field and topic specific knowledge.

  • ‍Search for Art Schools
  • Explore Degree Options
  • Use the Art School Learning Center
  • Help Choosing an Art School
  •  Art Degree Timeline
  • Testimonials "From the Experts"

Start learning more about all different kinds of art school options today!

Visit their website for more information

Funding - CSX Corporation Contributions Program

CSX Corporation Contributions Program

The Foundation provides assistance to nonprofit organizations that address one of the following categories: Safety, with a focus on railway, public, and personal safety; Environment, with a focus on land, water, and air preservation and restoration; Wellness, with a focus on healthy lifestyles and wellness education; and Community, with a focus on community leadership and service.

Visit their website for submission guidelines

Funding - Consumers Energy Foundation

Consumers Energy Foundation 

The Consumers Energy Foundation primarily supports nonprofit organizations in Michigan's Lower Peninsula where the company has a business presence. Requests will be considered from organizations located elsewhere for programs or projects that significantly benefit the state of Michigan and the communities served by the company. Grants range from $100 to $125,000. 

The Consumers Energy Foundation is committed to helping nonprofits create sustainable communities by awarding grants in these five focus areas: Social Welfare, Education, Community and Civic Development, Michigan Growth and Environmental Enhancement, and Culture and the Arts.  

For more information and to see the grant guidelines, please visit their website. 

Classes - MSU Community Music School Electronic Music Lessons

Chris Clark Fellowship recipient, Ben Fuhrman is teaching Electronic Music Lessons at the MSU Community Music School. Software he teaches includes ProTools, Reason, Ableton Live, Max/MSP, and PureData (students will need their own copy of the software). Ben also teaches everything from basic recording and mixing, to beat making, to synthesis, and even programming interactive works (eg. computer/live performer). 

Visit their website for more information on lessons

Call for Creatives - Marshall Music Seeks Exhibitors

Marshall Music Co. of Lansing, Mich. is seeking artists who would like to exhibit their art, (especially music-themed art) on the Marshall Music walls. Exhibits will last for weeks/months, details to be determined. Artists may include prices and sell their work as well. 

All ages and skill levels welcome! 

Contact Elyse Gray at egray@marshallmusic.com or at 800-221-1755 ext. 316

Volunteer - Williamston Theatre

Williamston Theatre 

The Williamston Theatre needs volunteers. Current opportunities include ushering, striking sets, administrative support and fundraising. 

Ushering: The Williamston Theatre needs two ushers for each performance. Ushers arrive one hour before curtain, assist the house staff with preparing the theatre space, show patrons to their seats, hand out programs, and help tidy the theatre at the conclusion of the play. Best of all – the ushers get to see the show for free. This is a great opportunity for folks who like to see shows more than once. To sign up to usher, call the box office at 517-655-7469 during regular box office hours. Be sure to have two or three dates in mind when you call, just in case your first choice is not available. 

Other opportunities: For those interested in working on set striking, doing administrative support, or working at a fundraising event, contact Development Director Emily Sutton-Smith at 517-655-7469 ext.25 or via e-mail at emily@williamstontheatre.org to have your name added to the list of volunteers. 

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Volunteer - Art for Charlie Foundation

Art for Charlie Foundation

Art for Charlie Foundation raises money through art events and art sales to provide hospice care for very ill children, and to help families who suffer, or who have recently suffered, from the loss of a child -- whether from brain stem cancer or other terminal childhood disease. 

We use art because it is a beautiful way to fight this darkness.  We welcome contributions for our art shows and print sales from both amateur and professional artists. 

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Volunteer - Starlight Dinner Theatre

Volunteering Opportunities at Starlight Dinner Theatre 

Starlight relies on its volunteers to operate. Many positions require no experience as long as you are reliable and a team player, we could use your help!  Below is a list of some of the areas we could use your assistance:

  • Dining Room Volunteers  
  • Backstage Running Crew
  • Production Assistant
  • Stage Manager
  • Costumer
  • Box Office
  • Sound Operators Assistant
  • Lighting Designer and Technician
  • Set Construction Assistance
  • Assistant Director
  • Photographer
  • Directors

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Volunteer - Shiawassee Arts Council

Volunteer at the Shiawassee Arts Council 

Current volunteer opportunities include: 

  • Docents - (Feb - Dec) Trained gallery guides, called Docents (greek word for "guide"), welcome visitors to the Arts Center and tell about the opportunites (classes, workshops, exhibits, special events) that the SAC has to offer. No prior art knowledge is needed. Once trained, Docents volunteer for at least one 4- hour shift (1-5pm) per month. (May be divided into two 2-hour shifts)
  • Gallery on the Go- This program is the SAC’s outreach art appreciation program for elementary students in Shiawassee County. Once trained, GOG volunteers take a print by a famous artist to a classroom and talk to the students about the artist, his/her style, and techniques. GOG volunteers commit to at least one classroom session (20-30 minutes) once a month. This program is an excellent way to learn about art yourself while teaching it to children. No prior art knowledge is needed.
  • Art in the Park- This is the SAC’s annual event that takes place during the Owosso Curwood Festival the first full weekend in June. Art in the Park is comprised of activities for children, face painting, funny photos, sales of popcorn, pop, candy, book signings by Michigan authors, and other events. Volunteers are needed for planning, organizing, set up/take down, and assisting during the activities (2-hour shifts).
  • Occasional Volunteers-  Volunteers are often needed to help with touch up painting, minor carpentry, light maintenance, and general improvements to the SAC. Volunteers who possess a love of gardening are needed to keep the SAC looking fresh. Also, volunteers are needed to label and sort mailings and to help with our special events including, Annual Garage Sale, High School Scholarship Show, Annual Juried Competition, and the Annual Holiday Show.

To be a part of any of the volunteer programs, call the Shiawassee Arts Center at (989)723-8354 or e-mail us.

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Volunteer - REACH Studio Art Center

REACH Studio Art Center 

REACH is seeking creative, motivated, enthusiastic, and nurturing individuals to assist staff, teachers and students in supporting our mission. Even if you don’t think of yourself as an artist, we’d love to hear from you. 

There are many different kinds of things you can do as a volunteer. Most volunteers like working with the kids in our classes, but there is also the opportunity to do more behind the scenes work at REACH.

Process:

  • Read up on information about REACH on our website.
  • Fill out the Volunteer Application 
  • The Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to set up an interview where you will be shown around REACH and set up your volunteer schedule.

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Volunteer - Potter Park Zoo

Potter Park Zoo 

The volunteers at Potter Park Zoo are the backbone of what makes the zoo great. Volunteers range in age from 14 to 85; many are retired, but some are students, professors, and more. What they have in common is an appreciation of wildlife, a passion for Potter Park Zoo, and a desire to make a difference.

Qualifications- Some people who visit Potter Park Zoo think the volunteers must have degrees in zoology or teaching certificates to volunteer, but that’s not true. Anyone with the desire to learn about wildlife and teach others about the Zoo can join as a volunteer.

Next Steps- Complete the application form and mail, email, or drop off the form at the Discovery Center care of the Volunteer Coordinator. For more questions, call 517-342-2713 or email the Volunteer Coordinator at: jhorvatin@ingham.org 

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Click here to begin the application process

Volunteer - Peppermint Creek Theatre Company

Peppermint Creek Theatre Company

These are the many ways you can get involved with the family at PCTC. Check out the list below and contact us to get involved.  

Backstage: For every show, a backstage crew is necessary. Various jobs include stage-hands, costume maintenance, and house managers.

Box office: Processing and organizing tickets, seating patrons, and ticket handlers at each performance.

Set Building: If you have a talent and/or interest in carpentry, building, or painting, we could use your help.

Technical Support: The technical elements of PCTC include lighting and sound design.

Street Team/Promotion: Help get the word about by hanging posters, distributing postcards/flyers, soliciting contributions, and gathering patron information. 

Contact us at office@peppermintcreek.org to get involved.   

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Volunteer - Owosso Community Players

Owosso Community Players

 Volunteers are the pulse of the theater! Without the positive and creative energy that the volunteers bring to the theatre – where would it be today?!  

From ushers to actors, technicians to costume sewers, carpenters to coat check, tour guides to stage crews, each volunteer plays a crucial role in raising the curtain for each performance. The quality of the productions at The Lebowsky Center are a direct result of the volunteer talent. 

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Volunteer - Mid Michigan Family Theatre

Mid Michigan Family Theatre 

Have an interest in acting, painting, sewing, working backstage, or one of many activities that theatre creates?  Feel free to stop in at a rehearsal, class, or performance to see what we are all about.  

Complete our interest survey, linked below, which covers many of the areas in which you can become involved with the Mid Michigan Family Theatre.  Contact us for further information. 

Visit their website to begin the application process

Volunteer- Lansing Symphony

Volunteer Opportunities 

Want to know how you help out during the 2015/2016 season? There are lots of different opportunities for projects throughout the year.

 At Concerts

  • MasterWorks Concerts – Sell guest artist CDs before and after the concert at Wharton Center
  • Pops Concerts - Sell guest artist CDs before and after the concert at Wharton Center
  • Jazz Band – Usher for LSO Jazz Band concerts at Peasant Theatre
  • Chamber Concerts – Usher for Chamber Concerts and help organize cookies and punch after the concerts.  These concerts take place four times a year at Molly Grove Chapel
  • Annual Young People’s Concert – Usher for our annual Young People’s Concert that hosts up to 3,000 local 3-5th graders.
  • Family Series – Help out at our Sunday afternoon Family Series events at the Capitol Area District Library.  Help collect surveys and assist children with a small craft after the LSO musician performance.

Concert dates can be found here.

At the Office

  • Reception – Help run the LSO office by answering phones and helping out with office projects.
  • Mailings – Help with education and special event mailings in the office.
  • Marketing and Communications – help with LSO marketing efforts such as newsletters, website maintenance, and social media.  

Around Town

  • Poster distribution- for MasterWorks and Pops concerts hang up posters around your neighborhood to advertise for the Lansing Symphony. Transport guest artists for LSO concerts from the airport and around town to rehearsals for MasterWorks and Pops concerts.
  • Material Distribution – help distribute education and special event materials to various locations within the greater Lansing region. 

At Special Events – once a year, big and small

  • Musician Appreciation – provide a dish to pass at musician potlucks, or help organize donuts and coffee at musician rehearsals.
  • Auditions – Help with LSO Musician, Side by Side and Symphony Youth Competition
  • Auditions – Check in candidates and help direct them to practice rooms.
  • Party Planning – help out with planning and assist with set up and check in at LSO fundraising events like our fall Reverse Raffle, or Spring Gala. Help run info tables as the LSO appears around town and various community events.
  • Help with Pro Symphony Geranium and Poinsettia flower sales to raise funds for the LSO.

 Questions about volunteering? You can contact Crysta Manthei at (517) 487-5001.

Lansing Symphony Orchestra

104 S. Washington Square, Suite 300 - Lansing, MI 48933

(517) 487-0210 fax - crysta@lansingsymphony.org

Visit their website to begin the application process

Volunteer - Lansing Matinee Musicale

Lansing Matinee Musicale  

Support the Lansing Matinee Musicale by becoming a volunteer! 

 Fill out the application form and return via Email: ascheri@msu.edu  

Or Mail: 

Gerardo Ascheri,          

 2200 Groesbeck Ave.,           

Lansing, MI 48912  

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Volunteer - Lansing Art Gallery

Lansing Art Gallery 

Volunteers are our most valuable resource! Helping with receptions, gallery exhibitions, and education programs are only a few of the volunteer opportunities available. Volunteers demonstrate a sincere commitment to Lansing Art Gallery’s mission, offer regular assistance and are selected through an application process. 

If you are interested in becoming a Lansing Art Gallery volunteer, fill out the form below! Please contact Gallery Coordinator Sara Pulver at sara@lansingartgallery.org, or 517-374-6400 x-3 with any additional questions. 

Visit their website to begin the application process 

Volunteer - Charlotte Performing Arts Center

Charlotte Performing Arts Center Volunteers 

Volunteers will play an invaluable role in the daily operations of the Charlotte Performing Arts Center. Volunteers will be required to have completed all screens and related trainings prior to commencing their desired volunteer position. Volunteer positions will include:

  • Box office attendants (number will be determined based on coverage needs, will include day and evening hours)
  • Ushers and Ticket Takers (number will be determined based on coverage needs, will require evening hours)

 The Volunteer Coordinator will oversee all volunteers and conduct/coordinate all trainings and create schedules as needs require. 

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Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition seeking submissions

The City of Ocala in partnership with the Appleton Museum of Art, Fine Arts For Ocala, and Marion Cultural Alliance is accepting submissions from artists working in North America to participate in the Fourth Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition.

Ten works will be selected for a 20-month exhibition at Tuscawilla Park in Ocala, FL.

Best of Show, Second Place, Honorable Mention, and People's Choice awards will be selected.

Total Awards: $24,000.

Artists must be 18 or older to enter. 

For entry Guidelines and more information, visit www.ocalafl.org/outdoorsculpture.

ENTRY DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 30th, 2017.

 Entries may be submitted via email to Sculpture@ocalafl.org or mailed to: Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition, 828 NE 8th Ave. Ocala, FL. 34470.

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Volunteer - City of Lansing Parks and Recreation Department Turner Dodge House

City of Lansing Parks and Recreation Department Volunteer Opportunities

Want to have fun, meet new friends, and preserve a national historic site all at the same time?

The Lansing Parks and Rec Department is seeking volunteers interested in promoting and preserving our heritage here at the Turner-Dodge House. We need volunteers to help with various activities throughout the year. 

Send mail to Volunteer Survey Turner-Dodge House & Heritage Center Lansing Parks and Recreation Dept., Cultural Division 100 E. North Street, Lansing, MI 48906;   fax 527/483-6081 Or e-mail us at turnerdodge@lansingmi.gov.

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Call for Creatives - Marshall Music Seeks Exhibitors

Marshall Music Co. of Lansing, Mich. is seeking artists who would like to exhibit their art, (especially music-themed art) on the Marshall Music walls. Exhibits will last for weeks/months, details to be determined. Artists may include prices and sell their work as well. 

All ages and skill levels welcome! 

Contact Elyse Gray at egray@marshallmusic.com or at 800-221-1755 ext. 316

Call for Creatives - Add Your Voice to U.S. Poet Laureate's Epic Poem Project

 Add Your Voice to U.S. Poet Laureate's Epic Poem Project  

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera wants your words to be part of his online project as Poet Laureate. Submit up to 200 characters on Herrera's fifth "La Familia" theme: Thank-You Poems to Our Vets. Herrera says "La Familia" (The Family) is an opportunity for you to contribute to an epic poem of all our voices and styles and experiences. By contributing to La Familia, you will be part of my family—and all our words will be seen and our voices be heard, throughout the nation and beyond."Only one submission during each 30-day themed period is permitted per author, and submissions for each month's theme must be received by the 14th of that month. 

Visit their website for more information

Call for Creatives - National Endowment for the Arts Introduces CREATIVZ.US

INTRODUCING CREATIVZ.US

Hello all! You and your network are invited to participate in something new and important from the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Center for Cultural Innovation. 

INTRODUCING CREATIVZ.US 

It's a conversation about what artists and designers in the United States need to sustain and strengthen their careers. As part of the NEA's 50th anniversary initiative -- Creativity Connects -- the research project highlights how the arts contribute to the nation's creative ecosystem. CREATIVZ.US is being managed by our partner, the Center for Cultural Innovation, and supported by the Surdna and Doris Duke Charitable Foundations. 

Over the next few months CREATIVZ will publish a series of essays by a variety of artists, designers and arts thinkers. You'll see a few there now. 

We want to include your voice! What we've launched is not a summary of research findings, but rather an integral part of the research process itself. Our goal is to hear from as many artists, designers, and support providers as possible. A report will be published and available in June. 

Here's how you can help. Please share and join the conversation with your design friends and supporters. You can add comments to any of the essays on the web site or use your favorite social app to say something. If you use social media, please use the hashtag #creativz so we see it. 

You can also share or follow CREATIVZ on Facebook and Twitter - @creativzus. 

We really want to hear from you and hope you'll be inspired to add your voice. 

Thank you for engaging with us! 

The NEA Design Staff

Jason Schupbach, Director

Jen Hughes, Design Specialist - Our Town/MICD/CIRD 

Courtney Spearman, Design Specialist - Art Works

Katryna Carter, Design Consultant

Bryan McEntire, Assistant Grants Management Specialist

Call for Creatives - Chelsea Community Gateway Sculpture

The Chelsea, Michigan Area Chamber of Commerce “Chamber” is accepting innovative entries for the design, fabrication, and installation of an iconic gateway sign.  The sign will be installed at a high-volume entry point to the community.  

The location of the sign is tentatively planned for M-52 corridor. 

The funds for this project originated from a grant that was awarded by the Washtenaw County Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Community Tourism Action Plan “CTAP” program. This is a marketing and community development investment program benefiting Washtenaw County. Click for link to full Press Release

SCOPE AND PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The sign should have an immediate visual impact. It will be in the line of sight for motorists and passengers.  The scale of the sign is targeted to be 20 ft. tall by 16 ft. wide. Final confirmation on any restrictions from MDOT will be obtained before design work has begun.    

We are specifically seeking outdoor signage that incorporates the following criteria:

  • Sculptural design inspired by Chelsea's natural beauty, city charm, and iconic landmarks. Chelsea is the gateway to the 25,000-acre Waterloo Recreation Area. Residents and visitors come to experience the beauty of Michigan in this protected area. Nature enthusiasts come to Chelsea to hike, ski or bike miles of trails, fish in beautiful lakes, or experience the migration of sandhill cranes.   
  • Easily identifiable from a distance (will not require close-up inspection)
  • Includes the word(s) “Chelsea,” “Chelsea Welcomes You” or similar statement
  • Design cannot be construed as traffic or wayfinding signals
  • Integration of five 30-inch circular symbols / logos for the following organizations:  Lions, Rotary, Kiwanis, ChelseaMich and the Library. These symbols will be provided to the Artist 
  • All materials, design and composition are welcome if they are fit for outdoor installation and have a long-life expectancy, i.e., 20 years + requiring minimal upkeep. 

The photos below, are signs that have interesting and attractive characteristics and are included for reference only. We are not seeking likenesses nor do we want to hamper your design ideas.

For more information, email the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce at info@chelseamichamber.org. or call (734) 475-1145.

For most recent documents or updates please visit http://chelseamich.com/gatewaysign/

Call for Creatives - Artwalk 2017

Open to visual and performing artists, ArtWalk Owosso was created to be a celebration of art, music, food, photography, sculpture, literature, craft, and community, and it wants YOU to participate. ArtWalk is open to artists of all mediums and is located throughout the downtown Owosso area! Applications are due Aug. 28. 

American Craft Week seeking submissions

American Craft helps artists share their vision and talent by producing amazing hand-made decorative and functional objects. Absolute Gallery in Lansing's Old Town seeks artists to raise awareness of how American Craft benefits us all through economic, social, historical, mental and physical health and many other avenues on a local, state, national and international level.

If interested in applying submit up to 5 digital images of either representative works or actual works you hope to have selected for exhibition to Kathy Holcomb at absolutegallery@sbcglobal.net.

Images should be submitted in JPG format with each imaged named with your first initial, last name and image number (example: KHolcomb1.jpg) Along with the JPG’s, identify titles of submitted JPG’s, media, sizes and dates made. A narrative should also be included discussing your body of work, your work as an artist and the importance of American Craft for greater Lansing and the world.

Please also include a narrative on how you foresee yourself being featured at Absolute Gallery during American Craft Week 2017, October 6-15.

Please note that artwork will be for sale during the exhibition for American Craft Week. Absolute Gallery will facilitate all sales during the exhibition and will receive a commission of 40% of each piece sold. Absolute Gallery reserves the right to receive above mentioned commission on any special commission pieces sold during the exhibition.

All artists who submit work for consideration will be notified of the decisions by September 6, 2017.

Questions? Feel free to contact Kathy Holcomb at absolutegallery@sbcglobal.net or 517.482.8845

Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition seeking submissions

The City of Ocala in partnership with the Appleton Museum of Art, Fine Arts For Ocala, and Marion Cultural Alliance is accepting submissions from artists working in North America to participate in the Fourth Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition.

Ten works will be selected for a 20-month exhibition at Tuscawilla Park in Ocala, FL.

Best of Show, Second Place, Honorable Mention, and People's Choice awards will be selected.

Total Awards: $24,000.

Artists must be 18 or older to enter. 

For entry Guidelines and more information, visit www.ocalafl.org/outdoorsculpture.

ENTRY DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 30th, 2017.

 Entries may be submitted via email to Sculpture@ocalafl.org or mailed to: Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition, 828 NE 8th Ave. Ocala, FL. 34470.

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Call for Creatives - Michigan Youth Arts Database for Teachers Looking for Art Professionals

Calling All Teaching Artists! The Michigan Youth Arts (MYA) Teaching Artist Database is a resource for teachers looking to bring arts professionals into the classroom to reinforce and complement their curriculum.

MYA is looking for educators with experience teaching and engaging with students in the classroom, who would like to be added to the database of arts education professionals.

Applicants must have a formalized education program.

To be considered for inclusion, please fill out the application found on the Michigan Youth Arts website, and send it to resources@michiganyoutharts.org

 Visit their website for more information

Classes- Casual Clay Studio Sessions at REACH Studio Art Center

All Ages (children ages 2-17 and Adults)

Discover the joy of molding, pinching, forming, sculpting and wheel throwing clay during this casual, unstructured clay studio intended for all levels. Students come to make smaller projects of their choice but can also get guidance from the facilitator. If students want to glaze their items they will need to sign up (and pay) for another Casual Clay session.  Register for each 2 hour session.  Families and individuals welcome. Clay is purchased separately. 2 hour sessions scheduled on 1st Saturdays, Oct-May.

To Register

For Pricing Scale

Classes - MSU Community Music School Electronic Music Lessons

Chris Clark Fellowship recipient, Ben Fuhrman is teaching Electronic Music Lessons at the MSU Community Music School. Software he teaches includes ProTools, Reason, Ableton Live, Max/MSP, and PureData (students will need their own copy of the software). Ben also teaches everything from basic recording and mixing, to beat making, to synthesis, and even programming interactive works (eg. computer/live performer). 

Visit their website for more information on lessons

Call for Creatives - Add Your Voice to U.S. Poet Laureate's Epic Poem Project

 Add Your Voice to U.S. Poet Laureate's Epic Poem Project  

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera wants your words to be part of his online project as Poet Laureate. Submit up to 200 characters on Herrera's fifth "La Familia" theme: Thank-You Poems to Our Vets. Herrera says "La Familia" (The Family) is an opportunity for you to contribute to an epic poem of all our voices and styles and experiences. By contributing to La Familia, you will be part of my family—and all our words will be seen and our voices be heard, throughout the nation and beyond."Only one submission during each 30-day themed period is permitted per author, and submissions for each month's theme must be received by the 14th of that month. 

Visit their website for more information

Volunteer - The Michigan Women’s Historical Center & Hall of Fame Internships and Volunteer Positions

Volunteer Opportunities

The Center welcomes those that would like to contribute their time and talents to assist in celebrating Michigan women, sharing women’s history, and supporting our operation. There are many ways you can volunteer to help:

  • Docents: Open and share the museum with visitors on the weekends.
  • Clerical: Assemble visitor materials, prepare mailings, and organizing.
  • Collection Assistants: Inventory, document, move, and store collection items.
  • Special Events: Assist with set-up, staff registration type tables, and help with break-down of events and/or count money and chips at charity poker events.
  • Internships: A limited number of unpaid internships are available for high school and college students. The student is responsible for arranging to receive credit.

Visit their website for more information

Funding - Consumers Energy Foundation

Consumers Energy Foundation 

The Consumers Energy Foundation primarily supports nonprofit organizations in Michigan's Lower Peninsula where the company has a business presence. Requests will be considered from organizations located elsewhere for programs or projects that significantly benefit the state of Michigan and the communities served by the company. Grants range from $100 to $125,000. 

The Consumers Energy Foundation is committed to helping nonprofits create sustainable communities by awarding grants in these five focus areas: Social Welfare, Education, Community and Civic Development, Michigan Growth and Environmental Enhancement, and Culture and the Arts.  

For more information and to see the grant guidelines, please visit their website. 

Funding - CSX Corporation Contributions Program

CSX Corporation Contributions Program

The Foundation provides assistance to nonprofit organizations that address one of the following categories: Safety, with a focus on railway, public, and personal safety; Environment, with a focus on land, water, and air preservation and restoration; Wellness, with a focus on healthy lifestyles and wellness education; and Community, with a focus on community leadership and service.

Visit their website for submission guidelines

Funding - Accredited Schools Online Information

Accredited Schools Online

This website offers a comprehensize guide for students interested in art school. It offers advice, statistics and a number of resources, including links to scholarships and grants, throughout its website. It also is setup in such a way as to offer users easy access to field and topic specific knowledge.

  • ‍Search for Art Schools
  • Explore Degree Options
  • Use the Art School Learning Center
  • Help Choosing an Art School
  •  Art Degree Timeline
  • Testimonials "From the Experts"

Start learning more about all different kinds of art school options today!

Visit their website for more information

Funding - NEA Literature Fellowship for Creative Writing Fellowship

Creative Writing Fellowships 

The NEA Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. The NEA Literature Fellowships program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years. These guidelines are for fellowships in poetry. You may apply only once each year. If you have questions about your application, please contact the Literature staff at 202/682-5034, or e-mail LitFellowships@arts.gov.

GRAMMY Museum Grants Program

With funding generously provided by The Recording Academy, the GRAMMY Museum Grants Program awards grants each year to organizations and individuals to support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage of North America, and research projects related to the impact of music on the human condition. These grants fund scientific research as well as archiving and preservation projects across the country. 

Find out more here: http://www.grammymuseum.org/programs/grants-program

Michigan Youth Arts Grants

Michigan Youth Arts is offering two new grants on behalf of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs!

Arts & Culture Trek Bus Grant:

Michigan Youth Arts is offering Michigan K-12 schools grants of up to $500 to pay for transportation costs associated with an arts and culture related field trip! The deadline for applications is Oct. 20! 

Arts Equipment & Supplies Grant:

Michigan Youth Arts is offering Michigan K-12 schools grants of up to $1,500 to pay for arts equipment or supplies being used within the classroom/school setting! Teachers of any "arts" subject may apply for the grant, including: visual arts, vocal music, instrumental music, and dance. The deadline for applications is Nov. 3!

Find out more about both grants here: https://www.michiganyoutharts.org/grants.html

Call for Creatives - Add Your Voice to U.S. Poet Laureate's Epic Poem Project

 Add Your Voice to U.S. Poet Laureate's Epic Poem Project  

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera wants your words to be part of his online project as Poet Laureate. Submit up to 200 characters on Herrera's fifth "La Familia" theme: Thank-You Poems to Our Vets. Herrera says "La Familia" (The Family) is an opportunity for you to contribute to an epic poem of all our voices and styles and experiences. By contributing to La Familia, you will be part of my family—and all our words will be seen and our voices be heard, throughout the nation and beyond."Only one submission during each 30-day themed period is permitted per author, and submissions for each month's theme must be received by the 14th of that month. 

Visit their website for more information

Call for Creatives - National Endowment for the Arts Introduces CREATIVZ.US

INTRODUCING CREATIVZ.US

Hello all! You and your network are invited to participate in something new and important from the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Center for Cultural Innovation. 

INTRODUCING CREATIVZ.US 

It's a conversation about what artists and designers in the United States need to sustain and strengthen their careers. As part of the NEA's 50th anniversary initiative -- Creativity Connects -- the research project highlights how the arts contribute to the nation's creative ecosystem. CREATIVZ.US is being managed by our partner, the Center for Cultural Innovation, and supported by the Surdna and Doris Duke Charitable Foundations. 

Over the next few months CREATIVZ will publish a series of essays by a variety of artists, designers and arts thinkers. You'll see a few there now. 

We want to include your voice! What we've launched is not a summary of research findings, but rather an integral part of the research process itself. Our goal is to hear from as many artists, designers, and support providers as possible. A report will be published and available in June. 

Here's how you can help. Please share and join the conversation with your design friends and supporters. You can add comments to any of the essays on the web site or use your favorite social app to say something. If you use social media, please use the hashtag #creativz so we see it. 

You can also share or follow CREATIVZ on Facebook and Twitter - @creativzus. 

We really want to hear from you and hope you'll be inspired to add your voice. 

Thank you for engaging with us! 

The NEA Design Staff

Jason Schupbach, Director

Jen Hughes, Design Specialist - Our Town/MICD/CIRD 

Courtney Spearman, Design Specialist - Art Works

Katryna Carter, Design Consultant

Bryan McEntire, Assistant Grants Management Specialist

Funding - NEA Literature Fellowship for Creative Writing Fellowship

Creative Writing Fellowships 

The NEA Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement. The NEA Literature Fellowships program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years. These guidelines are for fellowships in poetry. You may apply only once each year. If you have questions about your application, please contact the Literature staff at 202/682-5034, or e-mail LitFellowships@arts.gov.

Call for Creatives - Michigan Youth Arts Database for Teachers Looking for Art Professionals

Calling All Teaching Artists! The Michigan Youth Arts (MYA) Teaching Artist Database is a resource for teachers looking to bring arts professionals into the classroom to reinforce and complement their curriculum.

MYA is looking for educators with experience teaching and engaging with students in the classroom, who would like to be added to the database of arts education professionals.

Applicants must have a formalized education program.

To be considered for inclusion, please fill out the application found on the Michigan Youth Arts website, and send it to resources@michiganyoutharts.org

 Visit their website for more information

Classes - MSU Community Music School Electronic Music Lessons

Chris Clark Fellowship recipient, Ben Fuhrman is teaching Electronic Music Lessons at the MSU Community Music School. Software he teaches includes ProTools, Reason, Ableton Live, Max/MSP, and PureData (students will need their own copy of the software). Ben also teaches everything from basic recording and mixing, to beat making, to synthesis, and even programming interactive works (eg. computer/live performer). 

Visit their website for more information on lessons

Call for Creatives - National Endowment for the Arts Introduces CREATIVZ.US

INTRODUCING CREATIVZ.US

Hello all! You and your network are invited to participate in something new and important from the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Center for Cultural Innovation. 

INTRODUCING CREATIVZ.US 

It's a conversation about what artists and designers in the United States need to sustain and strengthen their careers. As part of the NEA's 50th anniversary initiative -- Creativity Connects -- the research project highlights how the arts contribute to the nation's creative ecosystem. CREATIVZ.US is being managed by our partner, the Center for Cultural Innovation, and supported by the Surdna and Doris Duke Charitable Foundations. 

Over the next few months CREATIVZ will publish a series of essays by a variety of artists, designers and arts thinkers. You'll see a few there now. 

We want to include your voice! What we've launched is not a summary of research findings, but rather an integral part of the research process itself. Our goal is to hear from as many artists, designers, and support providers as possible. A report will be published and available in June. 

Here's how you can help. Please share and join the conversation with your design friends and supporters. You can add comments to any of the essays on the web site or use your favorite social app to say something. If you use social media, please use the hashtag #creativz so we see it. 

You can also share or follow CREATIVZ on Facebook and Twitter - @creativzus. 

We really want to hear from you and hope you'll be inspired to add your voice. 

Thank you for engaging with us! 

The NEA Design Staff

Jason Schupbach, Director

Jen Hughes, Design Specialist - Our Town/MICD/CIRD 

Courtney Spearman, Design Specialist - Art Works

Katryna Carter, Design Consultant

Bryan McEntire, Assistant Grants Management Specialist

Call for Creatives - Michigan Youth Arts Database for Teachers Looking for Art Professionals

Calling All Teaching Artists! The Michigan Youth Arts (MYA) Teaching Artist Database is a resource for teachers looking to bring arts professionals into the classroom to reinforce and complement their curriculum.

MYA is looking for educators with experience teaching and engaging with students in the classroom, who would like to be added to the database of arts education professionals.

Applicants must have a formalized education program.

To be considered for inclusion, please fill out the application found on the Michigan Youth Arts website, and send it to resources@michiganyoutharts.org

 Visit their website for more information

Call for Creatives - Marshall Music Seeks Exhibitors

Marshall Music Co. of Lansing, Mich. is seeking artists who would like to exhibit their art, (especially music-themed art) on the Marshall Music walls. Exhibits will last for weeks/months, details to be determined. Artists may include prices and sell their work as well. 

All ages and skill levels welcome! 

Contact Elyse Gray at egray@marshallmusic.com or at 800-221-1755 ext. 316

Funding - Accredited Schools Online Information

Accredited Schools Online

This website offers a comprehensize guide for students interested in art school. It offers advice, statistics and a number of resources, including links to scholarships and grants, throughout its website. It also is setup in such a way as to offer users easy access to field and topic specific knowledge.

  • ‍Search for Art Schools
  • Explore Degree Options
  • Use the Art School Learning Center
  • Help Choosing an Art School
  •  Art Degree Timeline
  • Testimonials "From the Experts"

Start learning more about all different kinds of art school options today!

Visit their website for more information

Call for Creatives - National Endowment for the Arts Introduces CREATIVZ.US

INTRODUCING CREATIVZ.US

Hello all! You and your network are invited to participate in something new and important from the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Center for Cultural Innovation. 

INTRODUCING CREATIVZ.US 

It's a conversation about what artists and designers in the United States need to sustain and strengthen their careers. As part of the NEA's 50th anniversary initiative -- Creativity Connects -- the research project highlights how the arts contribute to the nation's creative ecosystem. CREATIVZ.US is being managed by our partner, the Center for Cultural Innovation, and supported by the Surdna and Doris Duke Charitable Foundations. 

Over the next few months CREATIVZ will publish a series of essays by a variety of artists, designers and arts thinkers. You'll see a few there now. 

We want to include your voice! What we've launched is not a summary of research findings, but rather an integral part of the research process itself. Our goal is to hear from as many artists, designers, and support providers as possible. A report will be published and available in June. 

Here's how you can help. Please share and join the conversation with your design friends and supporters. You can add comments to any of the essays on the web site or use your favorite social app to say something. If you use social media, please use the hashtag #creativz so we see it. 

You can also share or follow CREATIVZ on Facebook and Twitter - @creativzus. 

We really want to hear from you and hope you'll be inspired to add your voice. 

Thank you for engaging with us! 

The NEA Design Staff

Jason Schupbach, Director

Jen Hughes, Design Specialist - Our Town/MICD/CIRD 

Courtney Spearman, Design Specialist - Art Works

Katryna Carter, Design Consultant

Bryan McEntire, Assistant Grants Management Specialist

Volunteer - Lansing Art Gallery Seeks Volunteers

Volunteers are our most valuable resource! Helping with receptions, gallery exhibitions, and education programs are only a few of the volunteer opportunities available. Volunteers demonstrate a sincere commitment to Lansing Art Gallery’s mission, offer regular assistance and are selected through an application process.  

If you are interested in becoming a Lansing Art Gallery volunteer, fill out the form below! Please contact Gallery Coordinator Sara Pulver at sara@lansingartgallery.org, or 517. 374. 6400 x.3 with any additional questions.

 

Visit their website for more information

Call for Creatives - Chelsea Community Gateway Sculpture

The Chelsea, Michigan Area Chamber of Commerce “Chamber” is accepting innovative entries for the design, fabrication, and installation of an iconic gateway sign.  The sign will be installed at a high-volume entry point to the community.  

The location of the sign is tentatively planned for M-52 corridor. 

The funds for this project originated from a grant that was awarded by the Washtenaw County Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Community Tourism Action Plan “CTAP” program. This is a marketing and community development investment program benefiting Washtenaw County. Click for link to full Press Release

SCOPE AND PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The sign should have an immediate visual impact. It will be in the line of sight for motorists and passengers.  The scale of the sign is targeted to be 20 ft. tall by 16 ft. wide. Final confirmation on any restrictions from MDOT will be obtained before design work has begun.    

We are specifically seeking outdoor signage that incorporates the following criteria:

  • Sculptural design inspired by Chelsea's natural beauty, city charm, and iconic landmarks. Chelsea is the gateway to the 25,000-acre Waterloo Recreation Area. Residents and visitors come to experience the beauty of Michigan in this protected area. Nature enthusiasts come to Chelsea to hike, ski or bike miles of trails, fish in beautiful lakes, or experience the migration of sandhill cranes.   
  • Easily identifiable from a distance (will not require close-up inspection)
  • Includes the word(s) “Chelsea,” “Chelsea Welcomes You” or similar statement
  • Design cannot be construed as traffic or wayfinding signals
  • Integration of five 30-inch circular symbols / logos for the following organizations:  Lions, Rotary, Kiwanis, ChelseaMich and the Library. These symbols will be provided to the Artist 
  • All materials, design and composition are welcome if they are fit for outdoor installation and have a long-life expectancy, i.e., 20 years + requiring minimal upkeep. 

The photos below, are signs that have interesting and attractive characteristics and are included for reference only. We are not seeking likenesses nor do we want to hamper your design ideas.

For more information, email the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce at info@chelseamichamber.org. or call (734) 475-1145.

For most recent documents or updates please visit http://chelseamich.com/gatewaysign/

Call for Creatives - Artwalk 2017

Open to visual and performing artists, ArtWalk Owosso was created to be a celebration of art, music, food, photography, sculpture, literature, craft, and community, and it wants YOU to participate. ArtWalk is open to artists of all mediums and is located throughout the downtown Owosso area! Applications are due Aug. 28. 

American Craft Week seeking submissions

American Craft helps artists share their vision and talent by producing amazing hand-made decorative and functional objects. Absolute Gallery in Lansing's Old Town seeks artists to raise awareness of how American Craft benefits us all through economic, social, historical, mental and physical health and many other avenues on a local, state, national and international level.

If interested in applying submit up to 5 digital images of either representative works or actual works you hope to have selected for exhibition to Kathy Holcomb at absolutegallery@sbcglobal.net.

Images should be submitted in JPG format with each imaged named with your first initial, last name and image number (example: KHolcomb1.jpg) Along with the JPG’s, identify titles of submitted JPG’s, media, sizes and dates made. A narrative should also be included discussing your body of work, your work as an artist and the importance of American Craft for greater Lansing and the world.

Please also include a narrative on how you foresee yourself being featured at Absolute Gallery during American Craft Week 2017, October 6-15.

Please note that artwork will be for sale during the exhibition for American Craft Week. Absolute Gallery will facilitate all sales during the exhibition and will receive a commission of 40% of each piece sold. Absolute Gallery reserves the right to receive above mentioned commission on any special commission pieces sold during the exhibition.

All artists who submit work for consideration will be notified of the decisions by September 6, 2017.

Questions? Feel free to contact Kathy Holcomb at absolutegallery@sbcglobal.net or 517.482.8845

Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition seeking submissions

The City of Ocala in partnership with the Appleton Museum of Art, Fine Arts For Ocala, and Marion Cultural Alliance is accepting submissions from artists working in North America to participate in the Fourth Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition.

Ten works will be selected for a 20-month exhibition at Tuscawilla Park in Ocala, FL.

Best of Show, Second Place, Honorable Mention, and People's Choice awards will be selected.

Total Awards: $24,000.

Artists must be 18 or older to enter. 

For entry Guidelines and more information, visit www.ocalafl.org/outdoorsculpture.

ENTRY DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 30th, 2017.

 Entries may be submitted via email to Sculpture@ocalafl.org or mailed to: Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition, 828 NE 8th Ave. Ocala, FL. 34470.

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Call for Creatives - Michigan Youth Arts Database for Teachers Looking for Art Professionals

Calling All Teaching Artists! The Michigan Youth Arts (MYA) Teaching Artist Database is a resource for teachers looking to bring arts professionals into the classroom to reinforce and complement their curriculum.

MYA is looking for educators with experience teaching and engaging with students in the classroom, who would like to be added to the database of arts education professionals.

Applicants must have a formalized education program.

To be considered for inclusion, please fill out the application found on the Michigan Youth Arts website, and send it to resources@michiganyoutharts.org

 Visit their website for more information

Volunteer - Charlotte Performing Arts Center

Charlotte Performing Arts Center Volunteers 

Volunteers will play an invaluable role in the daily operations of the Charlotte Performing Arts Center. Volunteers will be required to have completed all screens and related trainings prior to commencing their desired volunteer position. Volunteer positions will include:

  • Box office attendants (number will be determined based on coverage needs, will include day and evening hours)
  • Ushers and Ticket Takers (number will be determined based on coverage needs, will require evening hours)

 The Volunteer Coordinator will oversee all volunteers and conduct/coordinate all trainings and create schedules as needs require. 

Visit their website for more information

Volunteer - City of Lansing Parks and Recreation Department Turner Dodge House

City of Lansing Parks and Recreation Department Volunteer Opportunities

Want to have fun, meet new friends, and preserve a national historic site all at the same time?

The Lansing Parks and Rec Department is seeking volunteers interested in promoting and preserving our heritage here at the Turner-Dodge House. We need volunteers to help with various activities throughout the year. 

Send mail to Volunteer Survey Turner-Dodge House & Heritage Center Lansing Parks and Recreation Dept., Cultural Division 100 E. North Street, Lansing, MI 48906;   fax 527/483-6081 Or e-mail us at turnerdodge@lansingmi.gov.

Visit their website for more information

 

Volunteer - Lansing Matinee Musicale

Lansing Matinee Musicale  

Support the Lansing Matinee Musicale by becoming a volunteer! 

 Fill out the application form and return via Email: ascheri@msu.edu  

Or Mail: 

Gerardo Ascheri,          

 2200 Groesbeck Ave.,           

Lansing, MI 48912  

Visit their website for more information

Visit their website to begin the application process

Volunteer - Lansing Art Gallery

Lansing Art Gallery 

Volunteers are our most valuable resource! Helping with receptions, gallery exhibitions, and education programs are only a few of the volunteer opportunities available. Volunteers demonstrate a sincere commitment to Lansing Art Gallery’s mission, offer regular assistance and are selected through an application process. 

If you are interested in becoming a Lansing Art Gallery volunteer, fill out the form below! Please contact Gallery Coordinator Sara Pulver at sara@lansingartgallery.org, or 517-374-6400 x-3 with any additional questions. 

Visit their website to begin the application process 

Volunteer- Lansing Symphony

Volunteer Opportunities 

Want to know how you help out during the 2015/2016 season? There are lots of different opportunities for projects throughout the year.

 At Concerts

  • MasterWorks Concerts – Sell guest artist CDs before and after the concert at Wharton Center
  • Pops Concerts - Sell guest artist CDs before and after the concert at Wharton Center
  • Jazz Band – Usher for LSO Jazz Band concerts at Peasant Theatre
  • Chamber Concerts – Usher for Chamber Concerts and help organize cookies and punch after the concerts.  These concerts take place four times a year at Molly Grove Chapel
  • Annual Young People’s Concert – Usher for our annual Young People’s Concert that hosts up to 3,000 local 3-5th graders.
  • Family Series – Help out at our Sunday afternoon Family Series events at the Capitol Area District Library.  Help collect surveys and assist children with a small craft after the LSO musician performance.

Concert dates can be found here.

At the Office

  • Reception – Help run the LSO office by answering phones and helping out with office projects.
  • Mailings – Help with education and special event mailings in the office.
  • Marketing and Communications – help with LSO marketing efforts such as newsletters, website maintenance, and social media.  

Around Town

  • Poster distribution- for MasterWorks and Pops concerts hang up posters around your neighborhood to advertise for the Lansing Symphony. Transport guest artists for LSO concerts from the airport and around town to rehearsals for MasterWorks and Pops concerts.
  • Material Distribution – help distribute education and special event materials to various locations within the greater Lansing region. 

At Special Events – once a year, big and small

  • Musician Appreciation – provide a dish to pass at musician potlucks, or help organize donuts and coffee at musician rehearsals.
  • Auditions – Help with LSO Musician, Side by Side and Symphony Youth Competition
  • Auditions – Check in candidates and help direct them to practice rooms.
  • Party Planning – help out with planning and assist with set up and check in at LSO fundraising events like our fall Reverse Raffle, or Spring Gala. Help run info tables as the LSO appears around town and various community events.
  • Help with Pro Symphony Geranium and Poinsettia flower sales to raise funds for the LSO.

 Questions about volunteering? You can contact Crysta Manthei at (517) 487-5001.

Lansing Symphony Orchestra

104 S. Washington Square, Suite 300 - Lansing, MI 48933

(517) 487-0210 fax - crysta@lansingsymphony.org

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Volunteer - Mid Michigan Family Theatre

Mid Michigan Family Theatre 

Have an interest in acting, painting, sewing, working backstage, or one of many activities that theatre creates?  Feel free to stop in at a rehearsal, class, or performance to see what we are all about.  

Complete our interest survey, linked below, which covers many of the areas in which you can become involved with the Mid Michigan Family Theatre.  Contact us for further information. 

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Volunteer - Owosso Community Players

Owosso Community Players

 Volunteers are the pulse of the theater! Without the positive and creative energy that the volunteers bring to the theatre – where would it be today?!  

From ushers to actors, technicians to costume sewers, carpenters to coat check, tour guides to stage crews, each volunteer plays a crucial role in raising the curtain for each performance. The quality of the productions at The Lebowsky Center are a direct result of the volunteer talent. 

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Volunteer - Peppermint Creek Theatre Company

Peppermint Creek Theatre Company

These are the many ways you can get involved with the family at PCTC. Check out the list below and contact us to get involved.  

Backstage: For every show, a backstage crew is necessary. Various jobs include stage-hands, costume maintenance, and house managers.

Box office: Processing and organizing tickets, seating patrons, and ticket handlers at each performance.

Set Building: If you have a talent and/or interest in carpentry, building, or painting, we could use your help.

Technical Support: The technical elements of PCTC include lighting and sound design.

Street Team/Promotion: Help get the word about by hanging posters, distributing postcards/flyers, soliciting contributions, and gathering patron information. 

Contact us at office@peppermintcreek.org to get involved.   

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Volunteer - Potter Park Zoo

Potter Park Zoo 

The volunteers at Potter Park Zoo are the backbone of what makes the zoo great. Volunteers range in age from 14 to 85; many are retired, but some are students, professors, and more. What they have in common is an appreciation of wildlife, a passion for Potter Park Zoo, and a desire to make a difference.

Qualifications- Some people who visit Potter Park Zoo think the volunteers must have degrees in zoology or teaching certificates to volunteer, but that’s not true. Anyone with the desire to learn about wildlife and teach others about the Zoo can join as a volunteer.

Next Steps- Complete the application form and mail, email, or drop off the form at the Discovery Center care of the Volunteer Coordinator. For more questions, call 517-342-2713 or email the Volunteer Coordinator at: jhorvatin@ingham.org 

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Click here to begin the application process

Volunteer - REACH Studio Art Center

REACH Studio Art Center 

REACH is seeking creative, motivated, enthusiastic, and nurturing individuals to assist staff, teachers and students in supporting our mission. Even if you don’t think of yourself as an artist, we’d love to hear from you. 

There are many different kinds of things you can do as a volunteer. Most volunteers like working with the kids in our classes, but there is also the opportunity to do more behind the scenes work at REACH.

Process:

  • Read up on information about REACH on our website.
  • Fill out the Volunteer Application 
  • The Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to set up an interview where you will be shown around REACH and set up your volunteer schedule.

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Volunteer - Shiawassee Arts Council

Volunteer at the Shiawassee Arts Council 

Current volunteer opportunities include: 

  • Docents - (Feb - Dec) Trained gallery guides, called Docents (greek word for "guide"), welcome visitors to the Arts Center and tell about the opportunites (classes, workshops, exhibits, special events) that the SAC has to offer. No prior art knowledge is needed. Once trained, Docents volunteer for at least one 4- hour shift (1-5pm) per month. (May be divided into two 2-hour shifts)
  • Gallery on the Go- This program is the SAC’s outreach art appreciation program for elementary students in Shiawassee County. Once trained, GOG volunteers take a print by a famous artist to a classroom and talk to the students about the artist, his/her style, and techniques. GOG volunteers commit to at least one classroom session (20-30 minutes) once a month. This program is an excellent way to learn about art yourself while teaching it to children. No prior art knowledge is needed.
  • Art in the Park- This is the SAC’s annual event that takes place during the Owosso Curwood Festival the first full weekend in June. Art in the Park is comprised of activities for children, face painting, funny photos, sales of popcorn, pop, candy, book signings by Michigan authors, and other events. Volunteers are needed for planning, organizing, set up/take down, and assisting during the activities (2-hour shifts).
  • Occasional Volunteers-  Volunteers are often needed to help with touch up painting, minor carpentry, light maintenance, and general improvements to the SAC. Volunteers who possess a love of gardening are needed to keep the SAC looking fresh. Also, volunteers are needed to label and sort mailings and to help with our special events including, Annual Garage Sale, High School Scholarship Show, Annual Juried Competition, and the Annual Holiday Show.

To be a part of any of the volunteer programs, call the Shiawassee Arts Center at (989)723-8354 or e-mail us.

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Volunteer - Starlight Dinner Theatre

Volunteering Opportunities at Starlight Dinner Theatre 

Starlight relies on its volunteers to operate. Many positions require no experience as long as you are reliable and a team player, we could use your help!  Below is a list of some of the areas we could use your assistance:

  • Dining Room Volunteers  
  • Backstage Running Crew
  • Production Assistant
  • Stage Manager
  • Costumer
  • Box Office
  • Sound Operators Assistant
  • Lighting Designer and Technician
  • Set Construction Assistance
  • Assistant Director
  • Photographer
  • Directors

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Volunteer - Art for Charlie Foundation

Art for Charlie Foundation

Art for Charlie Foundation raises money through art events and art sales to provide hospice care for very ill children, and to help families who suffer, or who have recently suffered, from the loss of a child -- whether from brain stem cancer or other terminal childhood disease. 

We use art because it is a beautiful way to fight this darkness.  We welcome contributions for our art shows and print sales from both amateur and professional artists. 

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Volunteer - Williamston Theatre

Williamston Theatre 

The Williamston Theatre needs volunteers. Current opportunities include ushering, striking sets, administrative support and fundraising. 

Ushering: The Williamston Theatre needs two ushers for each performance. Ushers arrive one hour before curtain, assist the house staff with preparing the theatre space, show patrons to their seats, hand out programs, and help tidy the theatre at the conclusion of the play. Best of all – the ushers get to see the show for free. This is a great opportunity for folks who like to see shows more than once. To sign up to usher, call the box office at 517-655-7469 during regular box office hours. Be sure to have two or three dates in mind when you call, just in case your first choice is not available. 

Other opportunities: For those interested in working on set striking, doing administrative support, or working at a fundraising event, contact Development Director Emily Sutton-Smith at 517-655-7469 ext.25 or via e-mail at emily@williamstontheatre.org to have your name added to the list of volunteers. 

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Volunteer - South Haven Creativity Counts Needs Volunteers

Spring and Summer Volunteers 

This Spring we are launching Creativity Counts, a program to give every student in South Haven the opportunity to explore creativity. Creativity is the fuel that sparks innovation. Our schools do a wonderful job with their limited resources, but as a caring community, we need to do more. 

We are looking for volunteers to help with teaching, mentoring, and any ideas and projects you would like to add to the program.  We need your support! Everything from time to help with children’s classes to art internships. 

To sign up to help, contact Thea at thea.scha@gmail.com 

Volunteer - Lansing Art Gallery Seeks Volunteers

Volunteers are our most valuable resource! Helping with receptions, gallery exhibitions, and education programs are only a few of the volunteer opportunities available. Volunteers demonstrate a sincere commitment to Lansing Art Gallery’s mission, offer regular assistance and are selected through an application process.  

If you are interested in becoming a Lansing Art Gallery volunteer, fill out the form below! Please contact Gallery Coordinator Sara Pulver at sara@lansingartgallery.org, or 517. 374. 6400 x.3 with any additional questions.

 

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Volunteer - The Michigan Women’s Historical Center & Hall of Fame Internships and Volunteer Positions

Volunteer Opportunities

The Center welcomes those that would like to contribute their time and talents to assist in celebrating Michigan women, sharing women’s history, and supporting our operation. There are many ways you can volunteer to help:

  • Docents: Open and share the museum with visitors on the weekends.
  • Clerical: Assemble visitor materials, prepare mailings, and organizing.
  • Collection Assistants: Inventory, document, move, and store collection items.
  • Special Events: Assist with set-up, staff registration type tables, and help with break-down of events and/or count money and chips at charity poker events.
  • Internships: A limited number of unpaid internships are available for high school and college students. The student is responsible for arranging to receive credit.

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Volunteer - Impression 5 Science Center Seeks Volunteers

VolunteeringBe a part of your science community by volunteering at Impression 5! We have many different volunteer positions available.

Exhibit Area Volunteer

Be a part of the visitor experience as you help guests discover how to play, create, and challenge in the science center! Assist with hands-on exhibits, help visitors uncover new science content, and make their visit a memorable one! 

First Impression Room Volunteer

The First Impression Room is a special area for children ages birth to 4-years-old. In this space you can greet families and help them play, learn, and utilize the area to its fullest potential!

Exhibit Shop Volunteer

Take a step behind the scenes into the Exhibit Shop as you help with exhibit construction and maintenance!  

Maintenance and Cleaning Volunteer

Help keep our exhibits working like new and ensure the facility is clean and welcoming for guests.

Impression 5 TO GO Store Volunteer

Assist in keeping the store shelves stocked and looking great--especially during our busiest hours.

Volunteer Qualifications

Must be 14 years oldAbility to communicate effectively with children and adultsDemonstrate a positive attitude, good judgment, and flexibilityAppreciate exploratory science educationAbility to work individually or in teams

Volunteer shifts are 3 or 4 hours, scheduled on a regular weekly basis. To sign up, complete the registration form below. All volunteer applicants are required to participate in an interview, background check, and orientation and training. For more information please call Marilyn Doty Larson at (517) 485-8116, ext. 137, or email her at volunteer@impression5.org.

 

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Call for Creatives - National Endowment for the Arts Introduces CREATIVZ.US

INTRODUCING CREATIVZ.US

Hello all! You and your network are invited to participate in something new and important from the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Center for Cultural Innovation. 

INTRODUCING CREATIVZ.US 

It's a conversation about what artists and designers in the United States need to sustain and strengthen their careers. As part of the NEA's 50th anniversary initiative -- Creativity Connects -- the research project highlights how the arts contribute to the nation's creative ecosystem. CREATIVZ.US is being managed by our partner, the Center for Cultural Innovation, and supported by the Surdna and Doris Duke Charitable Foundations. 

Over the next few months CREATIVZ will publish a series of essays by a variety of artists, designers and arts thinkers. You'll see a few there now. 

We want to include your voice! What we've launched is not a summary of research findings, but rather an integral part of the research process itself. Our goal is to hear from as many artists, designers, and support providers as possible. A report will be published and available in June. 

Here's how you can help. Please share and join the conversation with your design friends and supporters. You can add comments to any of the essays on the web site or use your favorite social app to say something. If you use social media, please use the hashtag #creativz so we see it. 

You can also share or follow CREATIVZ on Facebook and Twitter - @creativzus. 

We really want to hear from you and hope you'll be inspired to add your voice. 

Thank you for engaging with us! 

The NEA Design Staff

Jason Schupbach, Director

Jen Hughes, Design Specialist - Our Town/MICD/CIRD 

Courtney Spearman, Design Specialist - Art Works

Katryna Carter, Design Consultant

Bryan McEntire, Assistant Grants Management Specialist

Call for Creatives - Chelsea Community Gateway Sculpture

The Chelsea, Michigan Area Chamber of Commerce “Chamber” is accepting innovative entries for the design, fabrication, and installation of an iconic gateway sign.  The sign will be installed at a high-volume entry point to the community.  

The location of the sign is tentatively planned for M-52 corridor. 

The funds for this project originated from a grant that was awarded by the Washtenaw County Convention and Visitors Bureau’s Community Tourism Action Plan “CTAP” program. This is a marketing and community development investment program benefiting Washtenaw County. Click for link to full Press Release

SCOPE AND PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The sign should have an immediate visual impact. It will be in the line of sight for motorists and passengers.  The scale of the sign is targeted to be 20 ft. tall by 16 ft. wide. Final confirmation on any restrictions from MDOT will be obtained before design work has begun.    

We are specifically seeking outdoor signage that incorporates the following criteria:

  • Sculptural design inspired by Chelsea's natural beauty, city charm, and iconic landmarks. Chelsea is the gateway to the 25,000-acre Waterloo Recreation Area. Residents and visitors come to experience the beauty of Michigan in this protected area. Nature enthusiasts come to Chelsea to hike, ski or bike miles of trails, fish in beautiful lakes, or experience the migration of sandhill cranes.   
  • Easily identifiable from a distance (will not require close-up inspection)
  • Includes the word(s) “Chelsea,” “Chelsea Welcomes You” or similar statement
  • Design cannot be construed as traffic or wayfinding signals
  • Integration of five 30-inch circular symbols / logos for the following organizations:  Lions, Rotary, Kiwanis, ChelseaMich and the Library. These symbols will be provided to the Artist 
  • All materials, design and composition are welcome if they are fit for outdoor installation and have a long-life expectancy, i.e., 20 years + requiring minimal upkeep. 

The photos below, are signs that have interesting and attractive characteristics and are included for reference only. We are not seeking likenesses nor do we want to hamper your design ideas.

For more information, email the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce at info@chelseamichamber.org. or call (734) 475-1145.

For most recent documents or updates please visit http://chelseamich.com/gatewaysign/

Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition seeking submissions

The City of Ocala in partnership with the Appleton Museum of Art, Fine Arts For Ocala, and Marion Cultural Alliance is accepting submissions from artists working in North America to participate in the Fourth Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition.

Ten works will be selected for a 20-month exhibition at Tuscawilla Park in Ocala, FL.

Best of Show, Second Place, Honorable Mention, and People's Choice awards will be selected.

Total Awards: $24,000.

Artists must be 18 or older to enter. 

For entry Guidelines and more information, visit www.ocalafl.org/outdoorsculpture.

ENTRY DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 30th, 2017.

 Entries may be submitted via email to Sculpture@ocalafl.org or mailed to: Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition, 828 NE 8th Ave. Ocala, FL. 34470.

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Call for Creatives - Michigan Youth Arts Database for Teachers Looking for Art Professionals

Calling All Teaching Artists! The Michigan Youth Arts (MYA) Teaching Artist Database is a resource for teachers looking to bring arts professionals into the classroom to reinforce and complement their curriculum.

MYA is looking for educators with experience teaching and engaging with students in the classroom, who would like to be added to the database of arts education professionals.

Applicants must have a formalized education program.

To be considered for inclusion, please fill out the application found on the Michigan Youth Arts website, and send it to resources@michiganyoutharts.org

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