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Arts & Creative Industries e-Newsletter                January 8, 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
Jan. 8 - Chatting Up THE pARTy! and the 2019 Medalists
creative:impact co-hosts David Fair and Deb Polich put on their award commentator hats to preview THE pARTy! 2019 and recipients of the The Arts Alliance Medals for the Arts, Sciences & Humanities. Can you believe that we have such amazing people living right here in Washtenaw County? Yes! Listen here.
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THE pARTy! 2019
Monday, Feb. 11, 2019

5:15 p.m. Private reception for medalists, sponsors & the honorary committee
6:15 p.m. THE pARTy! begins

dessous | Eve Aronoff, consulting chef and visionary
312 South Main Street,  Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Check out THE pARTy! 
sponsorship information 
ticket information
 call 734.213.2733.

Lifetime Achievement Medal – William Bolcom & Joan Morris - Together, they are the duo Bolcom & Morris and known as generous creative collaborators and mentors. Each has a stellar career and long list of accolades. Read more here.

Outstanding Service Medal – Aaron P. & Afa S. Dworkin are an arts power couple. Impressive independently, together they have built an international reputation as arts-focused social entrepreneurs, including as pioneering leaders advocating for diversity, equity and inclusion in the performing arts and in arts leadership. Read more here.

Philanthropic Excellence MedalBill & Mary Kinley’s legacy as supporters of arts and creativity is long, runs deep and crosses through many Washtenaw County communities. They have given generously, served on boards, mentored staff, volunteered and worked in the trenches. The short list of organizations they have impacted includes: the Riverside Art Center; The Ark; Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum; Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, The Original; and the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, and that is just a start. Read more here.

Volunteers Needed for THE pARTy!
Needed: 6 - 8 volunteers to help Monday, February 11 at dessous. Help us make THE pARTy! special as we celebrate the arts. Have some fun and some great food too!

We are accepting applications first from members of The Arts Alliance. If you are interested, please click here for more information.
Washtenaw County News 
Teen rapper Kid Jay hopes to put Ypsilanti on the map, McKenzie Sanderson,, 1/1/19
Willow Run aviation museum founder inducted into aviation hall of fame, Gus Burns,, 12/26/18
SMTD Alumni nominated for 2019 Grammy Awards, Marilou Carlin, U-M Arts & Culture, 12/10/18
Michigan News 
'Hamilton' producer Jeffrey Seller makes $1M gift to Mosaic Youth Theatre, Martin Slagter,, 1/3/19
The Michigan Glass Project Donated $125K to Art Road, AJ Williams, Michigan Chronicle, 12/22/18
Motown Museum in Detroit picks up $2.3M more in expansion campaign, Brian McCollum, Detroit Free Press, 12/20/18
National News and Beyond
Beyonce and Jay-Z help Louvre museum break visitor record in 2018, Angelique Chrisafis, The Guardian, 1/3/19
Next: 28 Art Curators to Watch Who Took on New Appointments in 2018, Victoria L. Valentine, Culture Type, 12/29/19
Sister Wendy Beckett, Nun Who Became a BBC Star, Dies at 88, Robert D. McFadden, The New York Times, 12/26/18
Events, Exhibitions & Workshops
Presented by Members of The Arts Alliance

Special - One Time Events
Gifts of Art: Rob Crozier Trio
1/10/19, 12 p.m.

University Hospital Main Floor, Ann Arbor
The Ark: John Oates
1/11/19, 8 p.m.

316 Main St., Ann Arbor
Kerrytown Concert House: Carpe Diem
1/12/19, 8 p.m.

415 North Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra: Mozart Birthday Bash
1/12/19, 8 p.m.

Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor
River Raisin Ragtime Revue: Music of Tin Pan Alley
1/13/19, 4 p.m.

First Congregational Church of Battle Creek, Battle Creek
Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series: Eva Respini
1/17/19, 5:10 p.m.

Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor
UMMA: MFA Graduate Student Symposium
1/19/19, 11 a.m.

Stamps School of Art Design Faculty and Graduate Studios
AAWA: January Program
1/21/19, 7 p.m.

4844 Jackson Road, Suite 100, Ann Arbor
Michigan Theater: NEEDTOBREATHE
2/15/19, 7 p.m.

603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor
UMS: Yo-Yo Ma
2/27/19, 7 p.m.
Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor
Washtenaw Community Concert Band: Celebration of the Community
2/28/19, 7:30 p.m.
Towsley Auditorium, Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor
Performing Arts
Ann Arbor Civic Theatre: Oliver!

Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, Ann Arbor

Arbor Opera Theater: Ricky Ian Gordon's Orpheus & Euridice

Kerrytown Concert House, Ann Arbor

Theatre Nova: The How and the Why

410 W. Huron St., Ann Arbor

The Ark: 42nd Ann Arbor Folk Festival
Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor
57th Ann Arbor Film Festival
Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor
UMMA: "Tristin Lowe: Under the Influence" Ending Soon!
Ends 1/13/19
525 South State St., Ann Arbor
Laila Kujala: "Opaque Dialogues 2018"
Ends 1/31/19
Sweetwater's, Ypsilanti
WSG Gallery: 17 + 17
Ends 2/2/19
306 S. Main St., Ann Arbor
Gifts of Art: Various Exhibits
End 3/8/19
1500 E. Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor
Riverside Arts Center: Luminary Sculpture Workshop
1/12/19, 10 a.m.
76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti
Kresge Artist Fellowship: Application Questions and Answers
1/12/19, 11 a.m.
Kresge Arts in Detroit
The National Arts Action Summit
Washington D.C.
Jill Stefani Wagner: UART Workshop
The Studio: Where Art Happens, Ann Arbor
The Business of Being an Artist Speaker Series
Various Dates
Great Lakes Center at 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
Washtenaw Community Concert Band: Annual Concerto Competition
Auditions: 1/11/19
Saline Area Players: Scrambled
Auditions: 1/13-1/14/19
2019 Top of the Park
Deadline: 2/1/19
The Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair 2019
Deadline: 2/4/19
Boychoir of Ann Arbor
Auditions: Ongoing
Riverside Arts Center
Deadline: Ongoing
The Orange Peacock Gallery: ARTitude 
Deadline: Ongoing
AAWA: Avanti Hair Salon
Selected Dates
Artistica Gallery: Call for Artists
Deadline: Ongoing
The Aquarium Gallery: Call for Installations
Deadline: Ongoing
Anton Art Center: Michigan Annual XLVI
Deadline: 1/9/19
2019 Klompen Garden
Deadline: 1/11/19
Detroit Artists Market: Annual Scholarship Exhibition
Deadline: 1/12/19
Mackinac State Historic Parks Artist-In-Residence Program New!
Deadline: 1/31/19
Art Birmingham
Deadline: 2/4/19
Common Ground's Birmingham Street Air Fair 2019
Deadline: 2/4/19
Royal Oak Market: Art Fair Edition 2019
Deadline: 2/4/19
Royal Oak Market: Spring Art Fair 2019
Deadline: 2/4/19
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
VSA Playwright Discovery Program Competition New!
Deadline: 1/23/19
Vans Custom Culture New!
Deadline: 1/31/19
Levis Commons Fine Art Fair 2019
Deadline: 2/4/19
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 here!

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Funding & Scholarship Opportunities

Soros Equality Fellowship
Deadline: 1/10/19

2019 Kresge Artist Fellowship
Deadline: 1/17/19

American Voices
Deadline: 1/20/19

OPERA America Innovation Grants
Deadline: 1/28/19

Active Learning Center Grant
Deadline: 2/1/19

Arts and Humanities Touring Grant
Deadline: 2/28/19

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
Leadership transition announced at MCACA

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Job, Internships and Volunteer Opportunities
Arab American National Museum, Various Jobs New!

Detroit Historical Society, Director of Education and Programs New!

Meadow Brook Theatre, Marketing and Communications Coordinator New!

Ann Arbor Summer Festival, Molloy Internship Program New!

57th Ann Arbor Film Festival, Volunteer

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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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