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Arts + Creative Industries e-Newsletter        March 5, 2019


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Co-hosted by The Arts Alliance’s Deb Polich and WEMU’s Morning Edition host David Fair, creative:impact features creative people and industry experts who live, have creative practices and jobs, own creative businesses in Washtenaw County and lead the sector locally, nationally and internationally. They are the driving forces making Washtenaw County one of Michigan's strongest and most vibrant arts and creative industry hubs.

Feb. 26 - Connecting Art and Public Change

Perhaps one of the most difficult issues to discuss is domestic violence.  Michigan playwright Carey Crim authored the play "Never Not Once" and takes a deep dive into the emotional and personal issues dealt with the aftermath of such horrific crimes.  Artistic explorations, like this, can have a positive impact on how the public deals with such difficult issues.  That's the focus on this week's "creative:impact." Listen here!

March 5 - Starting, running and yes, even ending a creative business
Creative entrepreneurs, triple bottom lines and the life cycle of businesses are some of the topics explored with guest Paul Hickman on this edition of “creative:impact.” Paul is an artist and a creative entrepreneur who founded Urban Ashes, a creative business in Saline that after more than 10 years in business, recently closed. Hickman joins WEMU's David Fair and The Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich to talk about what Urban Ashes accomplished and the challenge of knowing when to close a business.
Listen here!

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New & Renewing Members!
Creative Individuals
People self-identifying as artists/creatives or who work in the creative industries.

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Arts, cultural and heritage organizations and institutions and creative businesses.
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Opportunities for Visual Artists Galore!

Call for Jurors
2019 State Street District Art Fair + Hand-Crafted Marketplace
  • Stipend: $150
  • Deadline: March 15th
  • Submission link: State Street District Jury Application
  • Open to: Qualified jurors with a keen eye for quality in visual art and handcrafted goods and value diversity of creativity by culture, form and media. Experience in personal creative practice, work in the arts and creative industries or as an avid collector is more important than formal credentials.
For more than 50 years, the State Street District Art Fair and three others, collectively known as the Ann Arbor Art Fair, have attracted 400,000 fair goers to the streets of Ann Arbor for one of the most admired and largest arts and craft fair destinations in the country. New in 2019, the Ann Arbor State Street Hand-Crafted Marketplace is being to run concurrently with the State Street Fine Art Fair. It will offer artists, artisans and craftspersons the opportunity to showcase and build awareness and value for handmade goods as an alternative to mass-produced items.
Call for Art
Dexter Art Gardens
  • Stipend: $800 stipend
  • Deadline:  March 27
  • Submission link: CaFÉ
  • Open to: National call
The Dexter Art Gardens is an annual outdoor artwork exhibition sponsored by the Dexter Arts, Culture & Heritage Committee and the City of Dexter. Three temporary outdoor artworks will be juried and placed on temporary display with the city’s permanent collection for one year: June 2019 – May 2020.
Call for Art
Art Around Saline
  • Honorarium: $300
  • Deadline: March 15
  • Submission link: Podio
  • Open to: Washtenaw County, MI artists 16 years and older
Art Around Saline reproduces original artworks by area artists for a two-dimensional display on the exterior of buildings in downtown Saline. Artists, 16-years and older, living, working or studying in Washtenaw County, are eligible to submit up to three works for consideration.

Celebrate Youth Art Month in Downtown Ann Arbor

Youth Art Month is an annual observance in March designed to emphasize the value of art education for all youth. It is an opportunity to connect our community with our youth's creativity to illustrate the importance of fostering artistry and innovation.   
Throughout the month of March downtown will become a gallery of student art work, a series of artistic activities will take place, and businesses will be offering special deals.  Here are some of the fun things going on...  
  • Downtown Art Scavenger Hunt w/ Prizes!
  • The Art of Making Pizza @ Palio
  • Oyster Shell Painting @ Real Seafood Co.
  • Window Painting & Design @ Cherry Republic
  • Cork Sailboat Design & Races @ Vinology
  • Sit & Color Sundays @ Roeda Studio
  • Sidewalk Chalk Drawing
Youth Art Month is a Collaboration between the Ann Arbor Public Schools, the Ann Arbor Art Center, the Arts Alliance, and the Main Street Area Association.  

Get more information here!

Planning to apply for the 23rd annual Sphinx Competition in 2020? Repertoire requirements are posted now here!
Washtenaw County News 
Vote for Ann Arbor Film Festival in USA Today 10Best, USA Today
Inside Ypsi's "Underground" venue for young musicians, Sarah Rigg, Concentrate, 2/27/19
Jeff Daniels on Passion Project 'Guest Artist' and New Production Company at Home, Russ Espinoza, Forbes, 2/18/19
Michigan News 
Hundreds gather to see Yo-Yo Ma perform in Flint, Roberto Acosta,, 3/1/19
Exhibit showcases ideas to sprout Cultural Center around DIA, Michael H. Hodges, The Detroit News, 2/28/19
Home Away From Home: How Michigan House is Rewriting Our National Narrative, Michaela Stock, Revue, 2/21/19
National News and Beyond
New York City Ballet, Shaken by Turmoil, Chooses New Leaders, Michael Cooper, The New York Times, 2/28/19
Andre Previn, Music Polymath, Has Died at Age 89, Susan Stamberg,, 2/28/19
Oscars 2019: 'Green Book,' Rami Malek and Olivia Colman are Winners, Brooks Barnes, The New York Times, 2/25/19
Events, Exhibitions & Workshops
Presented by Members of The Arts Alliance

Special - One Time Events
AAWA Board Art Show
3/7/19, 5 p.m.
Ann Arbor City Club, Ann Arbor
The Purple Rose Theatre: Never Not Once
3/8/19, 8  p.m.
International Women's Day Panel Discussion
137 Park St., Chelsea
Salt Valley Arts: Arti Gras 2019 Inspired Landscapes Silent Auction
3/9/19, 2 p.m.
400 West Russell, Saline
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra: Scottish Fantasy
3/9/19, 8 p.m.
Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor
UMMA Book Club: The Age of the Internet in Comic Books
3/10/19, 2 p.m.
525 South State St., Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild Monthly Meeting
3/11/19, 6:30 p.m.
Zion Lutheran Church, Ann Arbor
UMS: Triptych (Eyes of One on Another)
Power Center, Ann Arbor
Michigan Theater: Randy Rainbow Live
3/22/19, 8 p.m.
603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor
Riverside Arts Center: DO(something)
3/28/19, 9 a.m.
76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti
Pittsfield Charter Township: Earth Day Family 5K
4/13/19, 11:30 a.m.
Lillie Park South, Ann Arbor
Performing Arts
Wild Swan Theater: Shipwrecked!

Towsley Auditorium, Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor

Purple Rose Theatre: Never Not Once
Ends 3/16/19
137 Park St., Chelsea

Saline Area Players: Scrambled
The Fifth Corner, Saline

Theatre Nova: Mazel Tov
410 W. Huron St., Ann Arbor

Kickshaw Theatre: The Ding Dongs, or What Is The Penalty In Portugal?
trustArt Studios, Ann Arbor

Theatre Nova: Michigan Playwrights Festival
410 W. Huron, Ann Arbor
57th Ann Arbor Film Festival
Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor
Downtown Ann Arbor
Gifts of Art: Various Exhibits
Ends 3/8/19

University Hospital Main Lobby, Ann Arbor
WSG Gallery: "Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy"
Ends 3/16/19
306 S. Main St., Ann Arbor
Argus Museum: "Water is Life"
Opening Reception: 2/21/19, 6 p.m.
525 West William, Ann Arbor
U-M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology: "Ancient Color"
Ends 5/26/19
434 S. State St., Ann Arbor
Stamps School of Art and Design: Various Exhibits
Various Dates
2000 Bonisteel Blvd., Ann Arbor
The National Arts Action Summit
Washington D.C.
Jill Stefani Wagner: UART Workshop
The Studio: Where Art Happens, Ann Arbor
MCACA Grant Workshops
Various Dates
CultureSource: Sustainable Fundraising for the Arts
Various Dates
Co.act Detroit, Detroit
FoolMoon Luminary Workshops New!
Various Dates
Workantile, Ann Arbor
Hollander's Spring Workshops
Various Dates
410 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor
The Business of Being an Artist Speaker Series
Various Dates
Great Lakes Center, Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor

Find more events on these calendars:
Ann Arbor Observer
Current Magazine
Destination Ann Arbor 

WEMU Community Calendar 

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Call for Artists and Auditions
Washtenaw County
Art Around Saline 2019
Deadline: 3/15/19
Dexter Art Gardens
Deadline: 3/27/19
Boychoir of Ann Arbor
Auditions: Ongoing
Riverside Arts Center
Deadline: Ongoing
The Orange Peacock Gallery: ARTitude 
Deadline: Ongoing
Artistica Gallery: Call for Artists
Deadline: Ongoing
The Aquarium Gallery: Call for Installations
Deadline: Ongoing
MOVE 2019
Deadline: 3/8/19
Concordia University Juried Art Exhibit New!
Deadline: 3/11/19
Northville Art House: Juried Color Pencil Exhibition
Deadline: 3/17/19
Belle Isle Art Fair
Deadline: 4/19/19
Michigan Humanities Awards
Deadline: 5/1/19
Royal Oak Commission for the Arts, 2019 Art Explored Program
Deadline: 5/1/19
Funky Ferndale Art Fair
Deadline: 5/17/19
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA)
Deadline: Ongoing
Sleeping Bear Dunes Artist Residency
Deadline: Ongoing
Vending Machine Project
Deadline: Ongoing
South Haven Center for the Arts
Deadline: Ongoing
National and Beyond
ACRE Residency
Deadline: 3/10/19
NPR Student Podcast Challenge
Deadline: 3/31/19
Aesthetica Art Prize
Deadline: 8/31/19
MakeRoom Artist Residency
Deadline: Ongoing
Artist Residency at Lightworks
Deadline: Ongoing
Fellini Studio Art Centre Residency
Deadline: Ongoing
More opportunities can be found on:
Creative Many
Art Jobs

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Funding & Scholarship Opportunities

National Endowment for the Arts: Creative Writing Fellowship
Deadline: 3/6/19

American Alliance of Museums Fellowship Program
Deadline: 3/19/19

D'Addario Foundation Grant
Deadline: 3/31/19

Creative Arts Exchange
Deadline: 4/1/19

USArtists International
Deadline 4/3/19

TIDAL Unplugged New!
Deadline: 4/9/19

Rose Fellowship
Deadline: 4/14/19

KaBOOM! Grants
Various Deadlines

Institute of Museum and Library Services Grants
Various Deadlines

Community Supported Art (CSA)

Arts Council of Greater Lansing

National Endowment for the Arts

CERF: Artists' Emergency Resources

Surdna Foundation Thriving Cultures Grant

More opportunities can be found on CultureSource!

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Recognition & Transitions
Dearborn's Arab National Museum names new director

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Job, Internships and Volunteer Opportunities
Artprize, Various Jobs New!

Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Leadership & Planned Gift Officer

Art House Convergence, Various Positions

UMMA, Various Jobs New!

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Useful Resources
The Arts Alliance's Resource Page - dozens of sites for arts & creative people and businesses.

Articles and Reports

Arts Funding at Twenty-Five 

Complete Guide to 2018 Artist Grants and Opportunities

2018-19 Arts Midwest Touring Fund Guidelines

Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 Report

Michigan Nonprofit Association: Career Development Membership
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