Thursday, October 13, 2011

October 2011 Council News via Arts Council of Greater Lansing

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Arts Council of Greater Lansing
Leading, advocating for, and advancing arts and culture in the capital region since 1965

October 2011


Arts Council Seeks Nominations for Arts Leadership Awards

Celebrate an Individual or Business Who Has Demonstrated Support for the Arts in Greater Lansing 


Nominate your favorite arts advocate for the Arts Council of Greater Lansing's Applause Award or Business Arts Award, recognizing individuals and organizations for their leadership, commitment and vision in support of the arts.


Nominations will be accepted through Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011. The Arts Council Applause

2010 Awards Recipients
2010 Awards Recipients Selma Hollander and Danielle Weller (for Jackson National Life)

Award recognizes an individual who demonstrates significant leadership, commitment, vision and support for arts and culture in the capital region. The Business Arts Award recognizes a business or business-related organization who demonstrates a deep commitment and strong leadership role in supporting the arts through know-how, significant financial or in-kind support,or encouraging others to collaborate in support of the arts.


Nomination forms are available on the "Documents" page of the Arts Council of Greater Lansing's website,, or by clicking on the links below. Award winners will be announced at the Arts Council's annual Holiday Glitter Gala on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011. Joining a distinguished list of award recipients, winners will receive an original award hand-crafted by local artist and gallery owner Craig Mitchell Smith.


Download the Business Arts Award nomination form here.

Download the Applause Award nomination form here.

Michigan Youth Arts Hosts Expo 

Representatives From Across The Country Gather At The Lansing Center This Month   


ArtExpoThis fall, Michigan Youth Arts hosts the first annual Arts Expo for visual and performing arts students at the Lansing Center. College and university visual and performing arts program representatives from across the country will meet with high school students interested in pursuing degrees in music, theatre, dance, visual art, media arts, and related disciplines.

On Thursday, Oct. 27 from 11am to 2pm and 4pm to 7pm, individuals are invited to drop in anytime during expo hours to meet with program representatives. Large groups should RSVP in advance with an estimated time of arrival. And the best part is the entire event is free! Over 30 colleges will be on hand, specifically to discuss their arts programs. And every student, parent or teacher who attends will receive a complimentary program guide, with complete contact information for every college, to continue the conversation after the expo.

The Lansing Center is located at 333 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI 48933. For a complete list of colleges attending the Arts Expo, visit the Arts Expo website. Download a printable PDF with all the information here.

Oktoberfest 2010Raise Your Stein - It's Oktoberfest Time! 

Old Town Raises Tent On German-Style Event     


Willkommen! Join the Old Town Commercial Association (OTCA) as they celebrate the 6th annual Old Town Oktoberfest, Mid-Michigan's only German-style event. Old Town Oktoberfest features authentic German food, live polka music, dancing, and 12oz souvenir mugs filled with German-style beer.


This two-day event held Oct. 7 and 8, attracts visitors from all over the Midwest. After all, how can one resist two days of music, food, and beer? Come either Friday or Saturday, or both days for the price of one!


As one of OTCA's primary fundraisers, by attending, sponsoring, or volunteering at Old Town Oktoberfest, you are helping to revitalize Lansing's Old Town. Tickets are just $17 at the door. Seniors are $13 at the door on Saturday if admitted before 4pm.


Ticket includes admittance to the tent, souvenir beer mug, and three food & drink tickets. Cash, check and credit cards are accepted at the festival. No strollers are permitted in the tent, but stroller parking is available. Find out more at the Oktoberfest website.

MMTA logo126th Capitol Area MMTA Conference Comes To Lansing


The Michigan Music Teachers Association Conference will host its 126th state conference at the Radisson in downtown Lansing from Oct. 16 - 18. This year's conference promises to be stimulating, enjoyable, comfortable, and brings renowned teaching artists to Lansing.


Douglas Humpherys, one of the most respected and sought-after artist-teachers of his generation, will be the featured conference artist this year. In addition to Humpherys, the conference clinician will be Christopher Azzara, who continually inspires and challenges attendees as he provides practical new ways to integrate musical skills and content in their teaching.

Doug Humpherys
Teaching artist Douglas Humpherys


For a link to the conference schedule, click here. Other scheduled events during the day will be MMTA/MTNA student winners in concert, the MMTA commissioned composition, and various break-out sessions. Two sessions will feature a presentation by the University of Michigan Student Chapter, and presentations by selected college music students who have been chosen through a blind review process. Attendees will also have the opportunity to connect and share ideas with many colleagues from across Michigan.


For the most up to date information on the MMTA conference, visit there website.

Tiffany Klein
Artists Spotlight: Tiffany Klein
ACGL Member Is Self Taught, ArtPrize Participant


Tiffany Klein was born with artistic abilities and is self-taught in many mediums. As an artist, she has more than fifteen years of accomplished work. Through the years, she experimented with various mediums; painting murals and texturing walls were among the few. These creative skills led her to find a niche in interior décor, allowing her to put together whole room schemes. Her most recent

Gone with the wind
Tiffany Klein's Depiction of "Gone with the Wind"

pursuit has been hand carving multi-medium relief sculpture from concrete, as exhibited in the piece she entered in ArtPrize 2011. Find out more about Tiffany at her blog, or website

October Artist Opportunities
Employment, Funding, and Opportunities for Professionals Working in the Arts


October Opportunities


As the Fall leaves begin to change, perhaps you're in the mood for a little change as well.  Greater Lansing is ready Ledge Craft Storeto help you out.


Brush up on your art skills in historic Grand Ledge as Fall Art Classes kick in to high gear at Ledge Craft Lane. Classes are constantly enrolling for both daytime and evening classes covering general painting, basic drawing, fashion drawing, watercolor painting, beginning oil painting, and pastel drawing. Call (517) 627-9843, or visit

Become a better director when working in thrust-stage venues at LCCs "Directing for the Thrust Stage" class, held at Riverwalk Theatre, Saturday Oct. 22, 29 and November 5. Experienced director/teacher

thrust stage
A classic thrust stage

Mary Job will share important tricks and techniques to enable you to give any audience member a memorable and engaging experience watching your play no matter where they sit. Go to to enroll.


Reach Studio announces CREATIVE TOTS Fall classes that will allow children to explore the use of different art media: painting, pasting, sculpting, collage with their care giver. An experienced art teacher leads a variety of fun and informative activities for ages 1 to 5. The first session runs from Oct. 7 - Nov. 4 on Fridays. Register at or call (517) 999-3643 for more information.


And are you looking to advance your arts initiative at a community level? Want to infuse innovation and growth through the arts in your community?  Don't miss the "Creating Vibrant Communities through the Arts" two-day colloquium on Oct. 13 and 14, sponsored by the Indiana Arts Indy Arts CoCommission. This exciting learning opportunity for civic leaders, educators, business leaders, arts organization leaders and local elected officials will feature educational tracks on creating artist live-work communities, establishing cultural districts, and developing community arts education centers, and much more. For additional information, visit the official website.


Don't miss the latest information for artists and arts organizations on our opportunities page.  The page includes listings for grants deadlines, auditions, exhibition opportunities, and other information of interest to the arts community.  
October Arts and Cultural Calendar

Your Link to Exhibitions, Events, Festivals, and the Performing Arts in Greater Lansing


October Calendar  


The LCC Faculty Jazz Quartet is having a concert party to celebrate the release of their first CD! A performance and reception will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 at the MICA Gallery in Old Town Lansing. It also Lcc jazzcoincides with Lansing's First Friday promotion in October where guests will receive a two-for-one pass to one of LCC's fall ticketed events.  


On Oct. 13th and 20th from 5 - 8pm Lansing area artists will paint for a great cause at the "Art Nights at Hotwater Works"! Two prominent Lansing Artists will break out their paints to create spontaneous art pieces which will be auctioned off to benefit The Mid-Michigan Food Bank. "Art Works at Hotwater Works" will be two fun filled evenings, with refreshments, fun, hot tubs and live art...all for a good cause! For info visit the website.


Fall weather is in the air and the trees are beginning to show their colors just in time for the 32rd Annual Color Cruise and Island Festival in Grand Ledge on Oct. 7, 8, 9 from 10:00am to 5:00pm each day. The Grand Princess riverboat will be leaving the dock at Island Park every 45 Grand Princessminutes starting at 10:30am to cruise the Grand River.  View the 60 foot sandstone ledges along the river.  There will be a narrated cruise Saturday and Sunday at 1:30pm on the history of the ledges and river. For information call visit their website.    


And mark your calendars for the first workshop in a series presented by the ACGL, and made possible in part by Michigan State University Federal Credit Union.  On Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., attend "Basic Contractual Concepts for Artists," led by Lansing-based law firm Kordenbrock & Associates.  This educational overview will provide information on what creatives need to know about contracts! Visit the ACGL website for more details. 

Great Michigan Read Author Comes To CADL 

District Library Celebrates Statewide Humanities Initiative


Join the Capital Area District Library (CADL) this fall as they celebrate the Great Michigan Read!  Along with their community partners, CADL is proud to present these special events which will conclude with a visit from this year's Michigan Humanities Council selection for the Great Michigan Read, author Kevin Boyle.


His book Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age, is a real-life account of a murder trial that resulted when an African American physician purchased a home in a white Detroit neighborhood in 1925.


CADL and its community partners are presenting several special events related to the themes of the book beginning with a Night of Jazz on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. The Michigan State University Jazz Ensemble will perform music from the 1920s era in the Mills Supplies Building on Michigan Avenue at the corner of Museum Drive. This event is co-sponsored by Traction.


Then, on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. attend The Cartography of Race in CADL Downtown Lansing's auditorium, presented by Professor Matthew Daley, an expert on Detroit's rapid urban growth from 1915 to 1945. Discover how white homeowners prevented African Americans from moving into their neighborhoods, creating maps that defined the patterns of segregation for decades.

Kevin Boyle author
Author Kevin Boyle


The author, Boyle, will be front and center on Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School at 300 S. Capitol Avenue on the corner of W. Washtenaw. He will discuss his book and this period of Michigan history. Cooley is a co-sponsor for this program and will also provide copies of the author's book for purchase and signing at the event.


The Great Michigan Read is a free, statewide humanities initiative inviting Michigan residents to read and participate in book discussions and events in their hometowns. The Great Michigan Read is presented by the Michigan Humanities Council with support from Meijer and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


The Capital Area District Library operates 13 branches and a Bookmobile in Ingham County. For information about locations, services or events, visit

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1208 Turner Street | Lansing, MI 48906 | Phone: 517.372.4636 | Fax: 517.484.2564
The Arts Council is supported in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts,
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Ingham County Hotel/Motel Tax Fund and
the City of Lansing.
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