Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Arts Council News - April 2012 via Arts Council of Greater Lansing @artservemi

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April 2012

Clark Invitation
Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Christopher Clark on April 23

Join the Arts Council For A Special Night of Remembrance


Christopher Daniel Clark valued his family, friends, music, the arts, and most importantly life. He used his unique gifts to help make greater Lansing a better place to live, work, and play. In particular, Chris had a passion for scene-building and promotions and envisioned a region where arts and culture were the city's true wealth. Chris saw the Arts Council as one of the chief agents of change in this work, using his business savvy to bring artists and the community together.


The Arts Council is honored to join Chris' family, friends, and the local arts community on Monday, April 23 from 5-8 p.m. to celebrate his life and share a special announcement honoring his legacy. 


Join us for an evening that will include complimentary hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, special remembrances, and the announcement of a new Arts Council program, along with live entertainment featuring DJ Sammy Courtney spinning some of Chris' music. The event is being hosted at 621 and is free, however an RSVP is required. RSVP for the event here.

ArtServe Michigan Breaking News  

Senate & House Subcommittees Adopt Gov. Snyder Recommendation of $6.15M for MCACA


The Senate and House General Government Appropriations Subcommittees have met to report out on their recommendations for MCACA logoFiscal Year 2013 funding. Included in each subcommittee's recommendation was $6,150,000 in funding for the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs representing an increase of $3,582,600 from FY12 to FY13.


Earlier this month, ArtServe Michigan testified before the subcommittees in each house urging support of Governor Rick Snyder's proposal of an increase for Fiscal Year 2013 to $6,150,000 for the MCACA, while providing data from Creative State Michigan and discussing the importance of arts, culture, and arts education in Michigan.


The support of the two subcommittees is an important step as it represents one of the final hurdles for the MCACA's FY13 budget. The two bills will now go before the full Appropriations Committees before heading to the floor for a vote in their respective houses. Following that, the bills will be sent to Conference Committee to allow for negotiation on final funding levels. Find out more here

ACGL Artist Member Spotlight
Melissa Dey Hasbrook Shares Her Creative Process


Melissa Dey Hasbrook's first real memories of writing are from when she was about 12 years old. "I had a lot of deep thoughts as a young person," she says, "and writing was a way for me to capture them--or let them loose." Journaling and poetry were her chosen modes, and in middle school, she started a poetry club - a first-step toward her love of collaborating and sharing, which plays an important role in her projects today. "I guess there's always been a connection for me between the creative process and experiencing it in a circle or in the context of others."


Her love of writing continued into adulthood and was something she says she did for herself, not taking it into the public or publishing realm, but that all changed shortly after she left academia in 2006. During her college years at Michigan State University, her focus was on academic prose. Then in graduate school, a semester-long project led her in a different direction. "That course opened the dam, so to speak," she says. "I began to do more creative stuff - mixing prose and poetry."

Read Melissa's complete story here.
April is National Poetry Month
Celebrate Literary Arts At MSU RCAH

The RCAH Center for Poetry will hold events throughout the month of April to celebrate National Poetry Month. Each year the Center provides programming during National Poetry Month as part of their Spring Poetry Festival. This year they welcome Luis Rodriguez on April 4, Naomi Shihab Nye on April 18, and Jane Taylor on April 25.


Other events include the Edible Book Contest on April 2, the Annie Balocating Prize for Poetry awarded on April 25, and a poetry chalking event on April 26.


The variety of poets and different types of events aim to attract a diverse audience to the festival. All events are free and open to the public. For more information or details visit http://poetry.rcah.msu.edu/events.html

Billy Bell SYTYCDHappendance to Perform at Billy Bell's Lunge Dance Concert 


"So You Think You Can Dance" star Billy Bell
(finalist in Seasons 6 and 7) is spending a week in the area for a residency with MSU's Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, which is sponsoring a free concert on Thursday, April 12 at 7:30 pm at MSU's Fairchild Theater.  


Happendance will be performing chew it up/spit it out - the award-winning piece choreographed by Leanne Schmidt for Happendance, performed last fall in New York City, and in Happendance's February concert, Exposed

Read about the residency, Billy's teaching at Happendance School, and master class at the Michigan Athletic Club!


Learn more about Billy and the LUNGE Dance Collective.  

April Arts & Cultural Calendar

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



April Calendar 


The Eleventh Edition of Fiction 440 - Greater Lansing's Flash Fiction Series - is set for April 10 at The Unicorn Tavern in Old Town. Participants are welcome to share complete works of fiction in 440 words or fewer. No excerpts, no poetry, no exceptions. Participation is open to anyone (adults only, please) and there is no judging. We give you a prompt (find this month's prompt here) and you write a story and come share it at a local watering hole, or just come and enjoy the stories of others.     


arties logoOn April 21, come join in the artistic fun for a Sketch Crawl to be held at Old Town's Artie's Filling Station from 9a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  This event is part of a world-wide event and will feature live music in the afternoon and of course, lots of Artie's great coffee and noshes. Come with your sketch pads and your creativity. 


The Great Lakes Male Chorus Association announces this year's 2012 Big Sing, hosted by Lansing's Men of Orpheus. The concert will be held Saturday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m. at Charlotte Center for the Performing Arts, 378 State St., Charlotte Michigan. Come, and you'll leave with a song in your heart guaranteed!


Take part in the Lansing Symphony Orchestra's Family Series at the Library on April 22 for "The Enchantment of the Harp."  Bring the kids and experience one of the world's most ancient instruments as LSO's harpist, Brittany DeYoung offers a hands-on program which will feature  beautiful harp music.    


And the DeWitt Creativity Group, LEAP, and Prima Civitas Foundation cordially invite you to attend the Creative Educators Summit on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Erickson Hall Kiva, on the campus of Michigan State University (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.).  


The free event will highlight innovative Lansing area high-school  projects, showcase student businesses, and feature cutting edge practices in K-12 technology and entrepreneurial education. Teachers, students, academics, economic development professionals, and others will present exciting new programs and practices that offer a glimpse of a new frontier in public education.  Register for the event here.  

Choreographer Auditions!

Community Dance Project Accepting Proposals

Experienced and novice choreographers are invited to submit proposals for the 7th annual CD Project hosted by Happendance in conjunction with Lansing Community College. Novice choreographers will be partnered with a seasoned choreographer/mentor for support in the creative process. Proposals must be submitted at or prior to audition. Download the form at www.happendance.org. Find more information about CD Project here. 

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Taste of Art & Life
Event May 15

5 to 8 p.m.

at the Home of David & Nancy McKeague 

627 N. Harrison Rd, East Lansing 

Join us for a fun evening out to support the Arts Council of Greater Lansing at the 6th Annual Taste of Art and Life fundraiser on Tuesday, May 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. This year's event will be held at David and Nancy McKeague's signature home in East Lansing.  

Along with tours of the home, guests will enjoy an artist showcase with live demonstrations and artwork available for purchase from local artists including Sue Preiss (plein air painting), Juanita Baldwin (pastel drawing), A. Kirsten Barton (watercolor painting), Rebecca Case (egg tempera painting), Deborah Cholewicki (woven wall sculpture), Marti Liddle-Lamenti (fiber wearables), and Jenny Schu (bead weaving and jewelry). A garden art display and demonstration by Craig Mitchell Smith will also be featured. There will also be a silent auction, appetizers and desserts, a wine and beer tasting, and live musical entertainment.


Ticket prices are $65 each or $120 for two, with all but $15 per ticket tax deductible. $500 Sponsor, $300 Sponsor and $100 Patron tickets are also available.  Sponsors receive tickets and recognition commensurate with their level of giving.  $100 Patron tickets are $100 and receive one ticket plus recognition.  Please RSVP your attendance by contacting the Arts Council at (517) 372-4636 x 1, by email or by clicking on the Paypal links below. 


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Arts Council Intern Recognized
Kendra Shirey Awarded Outstanding Community Impact Award

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing's own intern Kendra Shirey will be awarded the Michigan Campus Compact Outstanding Community Impact Award, which includes $200 to donate to an organization of her choice to help that organization carry out its mission. Shirey will be donating her funds to the Alliance of Creative Students, a student-run Arts Council Shirey co-founded last year.

Kendra Shirey 


Shirey was selected by the Michigan Campus Compact (MICC) review committee to receive MICC's premier Outstanding Community Impact Award. Only seven students from across the state receive this award. A special celebration to commemorate the occasion will be held on April 14 at the Kellogg Center where Shirey will be recognized for her efforts and commitment to service. 


The Alliance of Creative Students' mission is to engage, support, and inspire a connected community of emerging and established talent in the greater Lansing region. Find out more about Kendra and the Alliance at their website.

Ballet Celebrates Earth Day
Greater Lansing Ballet Co Performs Classic Dance Piece  

In celebration of Earth Day, Greater Lansing Ballet Company will perform "Mother Earth", a ballet that premiered in 2002. The public performance will be on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. at Pattengill Auditorium at Pattengill Middle School in Lansing located on the corner of Saginaw and Marshall Roads.


"Mother Earth," an original ballet based on ecological issues, was first choreographed by Barbara Banasikowski Smith in 2002, when she received a Creative Artist Grant from ArtServe Michigan. The masterpiece has remained in Greater Lansing Ballet Company's repertoire and is back by popular demand. 


Reserved seating is required for this production and tickets are available at the Greater Lansing Ballet Company's office, 2224 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, by calling 517-372-9887, or on-line.

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What is Creativity? Exhibition
April 19-16 

Alliance of Creative Students Exhibition Asks the Question


All year long, Alliance of Creative Students members have discussed the abstract idea of "creativity,"  trying to define its parameters, discover its many meanings, and harness its power. Now the time has come for members to answer the question:  "what is creativity?"

Artwork centered around this theme by Alliance members will be showcased in an exhibit April 19-26 at the Technology Innovation Center, located at 325 E. Grand River in East Lansing.  An opening reception will be held on Thursday, April 19 from 6-9 p.m. inviting community members to join in.  The opening will feature Alliance artists, entertainment, and refreshments.

For more information, please contact: allianceofcreativestudents@gmail.com

Bring Placemaking to Michigan Communities  

Let's Save Michigan Awarding $2,000 


Tired of the vacant lot, scary park, or unwelcoming plaza in your community?  It's time to turn on your community's creativity with a project to turn that underutilized space into a vibrant public place.    


Let's Save Michigan has announced the launch of a new contest devoted to re-imagining Michigan's public places.  "It's About Place," placemakingopen to all Michigan residents, organizations, and municipal agencies, asks participants to design a new vision for a public space.  The winners' projects will be partially or fully funded up to $1,000.


You can read a recap of their Twitter conversation on placemaking (Part 1 here and Part 2 here), which includes information about what "placemaking" is, as well as some ideas and resources to inspire you.  (That is placemaking--and we'll help you do it.)


All the "It's About Place" contest information is available here--including contest criteria, how the judging works, and how to enter.  Though the full submissions aren't due until May 4, you'll need to submit a letter of intent (via email) by April 13.  
March Arts Opportunities
Employment, Funding, and Opportunities for Professionals Working in the Arts


March Opportunities

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"Freedom" mural, MSU Auditorium

The City of East Lansing Arts Commission is currently accepting proposals from artists interested in creating a commissioned public art mural in downtown East Lansing. This project is one of several initiatives aimed at enriching the downtown East Lansing experience for Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum visitors. Artists can download the Request for Proposals here Proposals must be submitted by April 13, 2012 to be considered. For more information contact (517) 319-6927 or email.


USArtists International Grant Application deadline is Friday, April 20, for projects taking place between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013. USArtists International provides support for American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists invited to perform at significant international festivals or engagements that represent extraordinary career opportunities anywhere in the world outside the United States and its territories. For links to the online eGrant system, program guidelines and application click here .

Novice and professional artist alike are asked for donations to the Arts in Action: Feeding YOUR Creative Side, taking place on April 27at Dimondale Elementary School. The school will be celebrating how creativity and art enriches our lives, from 6-8 p.m. The event will explore the many ways we express our creativity, like music, dance, visual arts, drama, writing, and music. Those interested in donating can access the form here. Contact Amy Smitter at 517-646-8063 for more information.  

The Arts Council's opportunities page includes listings for grants deadlines, auditions, exhibition opportunities, and other information of interest to the arts and culture community.  To submit an opportunity email chad@lansingarts.org.

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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, and Ingham County Hotel/Motel Tax Fund
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