FROM THE ART INSTITUTE OF MICHIGAN:
Outdoor Sculpture exhibition opportunity at the Art Institute of Michigan in Novi, open to all artists over 18 years of age residing in the state of Michigan. It will be a 2 year exhibition, from May 2010 until May 2012. Concrete pads will be provided. Installation should be in May 2010. The submission deadline is April 15. There will be a stipend of $500 per selected piece. There is no limit to the number of pieces you can submit. The submission package should be emailed to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and should include the following: Up to three images of each sculpture submitted, the value and/or purchase price, the materials and sizes of the sculptures submitted, an artist statement, and a CV/Resume. The submissions will be juried by art faculty here at Art Institute of Michigan, and artists who submitted work will be contacted with the results by May 1, 2010. Some pieces may be purchased for permanent display. Any piece purchased will be a sale negotiated directly with the artist. Any questions can be directed to email@example.com.
Faculty Lead, Art Foundation
Art Institute of Michigan
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
FROM THE ART INSTITUTE OF MICHIGAN:
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
The National Endowment for the Arts is funding four Design Workshops for rural areas (population of 50,000 or less). The funding would allow a non-profit organization to bring design professionals to your community to tackle regional planning and design issues. The grant provides up to $22,000 for each workshop.
The submittal is due on Friday, January 8th for the 2010 calendar year. You can learn more by visiting the website and clicking on the Request for Proposals link.
Posted by ArtServe Michigan at 12:06 PM
$1000 cash prize! Detroit Institute of Arts and Let’s Save Michigan Poster Contest - 2/15/10 Deadline
FROM SEAN MANN AT THE "LET'S SAVE MICHIGAN" CAMPAIGN:
The creativity needed to revive our state will not be found beyond the Great Lakes - it is already here at home.
At Let's Save Michigan, we're activating Michiganders to take grassroots action in their local communities to bring about the policies and legislation that will create vibrant cities and a more resilient economy. We believe you and your neighbors have the vision Michigan needs.
This is why we're excited to be partnering with the Detroit Institute of Art to present the Let's Save Michigan Poster Contest. We're calling all artists, illustrators, and graphic designers to create an original poster to inspire Michiganders to revive our state - and we need your help!
Do you know a Michigan artist whose work captures the spirit of our state and has a vision for a strong future for Michigan? Please share this contest with your friends.
We're asking artists to share their creative vision of Michigan's future -- whether that's renovating historic homes, planting community gardens, expanding public transportation and bike lines, or public art. The possibilities are endless.
Now through February 15, participants can submit their entries online throughour website. Judges will select 25 finalists whose work will be featured on the website, and visitors will be able to vote for their favorites.
The winner will be awarded $1,000 and the runner-up will receive $250. The remaining finalists will be eligible for other prizes.
You or someone you know could win the Let's Save Michigan Poster Contest and inspire countless other Michiganders with your vision for our future. Make sure your friends don't miss the opportunity to enter:
Thanks for being a part of the Let's Save Michigan movement. By acting together, we are creating a stable future for Michigan and the cities we all want to call home.
Let's Save Michigan
P.S. Need inspiration? The DIA exhibition Government Support for the Arts is on view now through March 21, 2010 and features around 100 prints created under the Federal Art Project, a unit of the WPA. The era represents a very specific moment when art for the people was a true rallying concept.
Posted by ArtServe Michigan at 10:56 AM
The Michigan State University Museum announces the availability of a paid internship through the Smithsonian Affiliations Intern Program (SAIP). While the deadline for applications is very short, this is an incredible opportunity for an student interested in a museum career!
Description of program...
Founded in 2001, the Smithsonian Affiliations Intern Partnership Program provides students in Affiliates' communities with the opportunity to gain practical skills and experience in the museum field.
The program is open to college and graduate students whose academic backgrounds and career aspirations lie in the museum field. Through a competitive application process, candidates first submit their application materials to their local Affiliate institution--in this case Michigan State University Museum--for pre-approval. From these candidates, the year's Intern Partners are selected to come to the Smithsonian to work with Smithsonian staff in subject areas or on projects that complement an Affiliate's own endeavors.
Intern Partners typically work full-time (40 hours per week) at the Smithsonian for ten weeks during the summer months. At the end of the summer, Intern Partners return to school but continue their projects and enhance their experience by interning 12-15 hours per week for up to four months (i.e. the fall academic term) at the local Affiliate institution (Michigan State University Museum). Intern Partners frequently develop lifelong friendships and a series of professional contacts. The structured, supervised setting of an Intern Partnership promotes intellectual and professional growth while mutually benefiting the student, the Smithsonian and the Affiliate institution.
Interns receive a stipend of $4,000. Half of the stipend is paid for by Smithsonian Affiliations and the other half is provided by the Affiliate/Michigan State University Museum. John and Liz Schweitzer have, once again, generously underwritten the MSU Museum's requisitie contribution.
Applications must be pre-approved by Michigan State University Museum. Applicants must submit completed applications to the MSU Museum by January 1 in order for the MSU Museum to complete its portion and submit the entire package to the Smithsonian by a January 15 deadline. The MSU Museum and Smithsonian deadline is strictly enforced. Applications postmarked on or before the deadline that are not received prior to the deadline may be disqualified. The Smithsonian cannot be responsible for lost, late, or misdirected mail.
Applicants must submit to the MSU Museum a COMPLETE package including:
1. A completed Smithsonian Affiliations Intern Partnership application form (available from firstname.lastname@example.org);
2. A current curriculum vitae or résumé on letter-sized, white paper;
3. Academic transcripts (this can take a few days to obtain from the Registrar's office so be sure to process your transcript request ASAP);
4. Three letters of recommendation from the applicant's past or current educators or employers, the Affiliate organization, etc. [NOTE: The letters cannot be from family members. Letters might be written by a teacher or professor, an employer, a staff member at your museum, an athletic coach, a clergyperson, et cetera. It is important to choose people to write letters or recommendation who know the candidate well, who are familiar with the candidate's academic and professional goals, and who can give details about the candidate's disposition, aptitude, level of professionalism, and personal or academic achievements that reflect well on the candidate.]
5. An essay-three to four pages in length-outlining the following:
* How the applicant's academic and non-academic experiences-past and current-relate to his/her career goals;
* How the Intern Partnership will help the Affiliate institution as well as enhance the Affiliate institution's relationship with the Smithsonian; and
* How the Intern Partnership will further the applicant's academic or professional goals.
NOTE: A potential intern must now successfully pass a background check and be fingerprinted prior to final acceptance as a Smithsonian intern. Candidates who do not wish to submit to a background check and/or fingerprinting should not apply.
Projects may be in a variety of museum areas, including research, exhibition development, public programming and administration. Projects typically address a general topic or discipline that will deepen an Intern Partner's understanding of museology and allow him/her to develop new skills or solve challenges related to his/her academic objectives. Projects should support ongoing initiatives at the MSU Museum and at the Smithsonian.
Interns will be notified April 2010 of acceptance
Period of internship at the Smithsonian: June - August, 2010
Period of internship at the MSU Museum: Mandatory August 9-15 plus 12-15 hours per week for up to 3.5 months
The MSU Museum or the Smithsonian do not provide housing for interns, nor is there a specific housing office at the Smithsonian. Intern Partners are responsible for their own living arrangements during their time at the Smithsonian and at the MSU Museum. In D.C., most interns rent apartments or live with friends or family in the area. Many Intern Partners additionally find temporary housing on Washington D.C.'s college campuses or in youth hostels.
Throughout their stay in D.C., Intern Partners are encouraged to participate in a wide variety of summer enrichment activities. These may include a visit to the U.S. Capitol, Smithsonian-sponsored social events-brown bag lunches, ice cream socials and after-work softball games-networking opportunities, seminars and behind-the-scenes tours. Smithsonian Affiliations also invites Intern Partners to attend sessions of the annual Smithsonian Affiliations National Conference each summer and holds a special awards ceremony and reception for Intern Partners and their Smithsonian mentors.
Museum studies students interested in applying for this opportunity should immediately contact Dr. Marsha MacDowell (email@example.com ) to obtain application form and to discuss possible project.
Posted by ArtServe Michigan at 10:51 AM
Thursday, December 10, 2009
This message is dated December 9, 2009 and from John Bracey, Executive Director of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA):
This message is to let you know that MCACA has completed the move to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) . The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs offices are now located on the fourth floor of the MEDC building which is at the corner of N. Washington Sq. and Ionia streets in downtown Lansing.
Our new address is:
300 N. Washington Sq.
Lansing, MI 48913
Our website address is:
The MCACA staff contact information is:
John Bracey, Executive Director
Carolyn Damstra, Program Manager
Colleen Armstrong, Administrative Supervisor
Please take note of new contact information.
In other matters, we are working very hard to create the new programs for FY 2010 which will of course reflect our greatly reduced funding available to grant. We are planning an early to mid January meeting here in Lansing to introduce the programs to the field, complete with deadlines and requirements so stay tuned, and thanks for everything you do for Michigan and your continued support of MCACA.
John Bracey, Executive Director
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
300 N. Washington Square
Lansing, MI 48913
Please note the new e-mail address
Posted by ArtServe Michigan at 11:57 AM
Friday, December 4, 2009
ArtServe Michigan's new video "Art is Everywhere, For Everyone" produced by Skidmore Studio in Royal Oak, thanks to support from the Masco Corporation Foundation.
Please leave comments and feedback below, we want to hear what you think!
ADVOCATE. SUPPORT. CONNECT.
ArtServe Michigan cultivates the creative potential of Michigan's arts and cultural sector to enhance the health and well-being of Michigan, its people and communities.
Posted by ArtServe Michigan at 2:41 PM
From Mike Latvis, Director of Public Policy at ArtServe Michigan:
Let's Save Michigan Campaign
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you all to the Let's Save Michigan campaign, a project of the Michigan Municipal League.
The Let's Save Michigan campaign is a statewide grassroots effort to get Michiganders to take ownership of our future and get involved. Through our personal actions and with the right policies and legislation in place, Michigan can create the vibrant cities that will attract 21st century workers and a more diverse and resilient economy.
The campaign will champion arts and culture, walkable communities, entrepreneurship, transit, locally owned businesses, funding for municipal services like public safety and parks and the other assets we believe are crucial to creating the cities we want to call home.
ArtServe will be working with the campaign to provide an advisory role on arts and culture and arts education policy as well as engaging our advocates to speak up on these important issues for Michigan's future. We have continually stated that we believe there is no "silver bullet" to re-inventing Michigan's economy, but that a full array of tools must be employed to position our communities to retain and attract talent and investment.
While some will be seen heading back into their respective "issue corners" during the 2010 elections, ArtServe Michigan remains committed to working across sectors and special interests with others like the Let's Save Michigan campaign to ensure Michigan communities have every weapon available to help revitalize our state economy and thrive in the future. Partnering with like-minded advocacy groups to further our shared interests and the revitalization of our communities is a critical one that deserves everyone's attention.
In terms of advocacy, the Let's Save Michigan campaign will provide advocates with a wide range of opportunities, big and small, to make a difference in their own community and in Lansing. ArtServe's role will be to help mobilize our advocates when action is needed to help maximize the efforts of the campaign.
While all advocacy efforts related to this campaign will come through our usual means of communication, I encourage you to visit www.letssavemichigan.com to sign up for their newsletter and find out more about the campaign and how you can make a difference.
As always, if you have any questions or comments please feel free to reply to contact Mike Latvis at 248-379-5897 or firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more about ArtServe Michigan and the different ways you can support the state's arts and culture advocacy movement please visit http://www.artservemichigan.org/
Posted by ArtServe Michigan at 2:27 PM
From the City of Sterling Heights, Community Relations Dept.:
Would you like to display your artwork and gain some recognition? The City of Sterling Heights Cultural Commission sponsors an Artist of the Month program which features the creative works of the finest artists.
The selected artist of the month displays his or her work throughout the month in City Hall as well as the Sterling Heights Public Library. The Community Relations Department sends press releases to media promoting each artist. In addition, SHTV-City Hall Television Channel 5 will air a feature story on the selected artisan. The official kickoff is held at the city hall display area. The library display area inside the Friends of the Library bookstore draws 1,000 visitors per day.
If you would like to be featured as a City of Sterling Heights “Artist of the Month,” please download an application from our Web site (http://www.sterling-heights.net/) and send it along with a biography and photographs representing your artwork to:
City of Sterling Heights
Community Relations Department
40555 Utica Rd-PO Box 8009
Sterling Heights, MI, 48311-8009.
If you have any questions, please contact Community Relations at (586) 446-2470.
All work must be original and will be juried by the members of the City of Sterling Heights Cultural Commission. The Commission disclaims any responsibility to work displayed. Artwork will be displayed in the two areas (each 4’ x 15’).
Posted by ArtServe Michigan at 1:19 PM
*ALL AGES *FREE
*Saturday December 12th - 2:00 - 6:00pm
5E Gallery 2125 Michigan Avenue at 14th street
Join the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition for an afternoon at the “DiscoTech.” Learn more about the impact and possibilities of technology within our communities. Take part in workshops designed to demystify and inform the community around issues such as Internet use and ownership, tools of the trade, and communication as a fundamental human right. This event is free and all ages are welcome.
In the Electronics workshop, we will build computers using salvaged parts and open source software. Participants will also build their own audio synthesizers and take them home.
Visit the Consultation Station and engage in open Q & A sessions about social media tools like Facebook and Twitter. Set up an e-mail account, and learn more about the Internet as a tool for community building through sharing pictures and local history, as well as, simple on-line mapping applications.
The afternoon will feature ongoing screenings of “The Internet is Serious Business”, a short documentary produced by youth from New York City’s City-As-School with Center for Urban Pedagogy and People’s Production House. The film investigates how the Internet’s physical infrastructure works, who owns the Internet, and why it matters.
This event is brought to you by the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition comprised of local organizations who are committed empowering all people regardless of age, gender, culture, religion, citizenship, or wealth with free and universal access to digital media and the technology that leverages communication, knowledge growth, problem solving and creative production.
The Detroit Digital Justice Coalition is endorsed by Allied Media Projects, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, Detroit Sierra Club, Hannan House Sound Studio, 5E Gallery, East Michigan Environmental Action Council, the 1440 Collective, the Hush House, the Open Technology Initiative, Real Media, and Urban Neighborhoods Initiative.
Contact Lottie Spady@ 313.505.3325 for more info.
To read the DDJC's Principles of Digital Justice, click here
For more information about the DDJC, click here
Posted by ArtServe Michigan at 12:26 PM