CREATE! Micro-Grant Virtual Student Exhibition Launches

The 2022 CREATE! Micro-Grant Student Exhibition is now live! This virtual exhibit showcases the 12 student projects that were created based on the winning proposals that earned them $500 in micro-grant funding.  The CREATE! Micro-Grant initiative encourages students to respond critically and imaginatively to events occurring during the COVID-19 pandemic and to creatively explore the issues of their generation. The goal is to critically engage, through art, with the past,…

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Studio Art Student Uses CREATE! Micro-Grant Funds to Produce Sculpture of Balisong Knife

As a 2022 CREATE! Micro-Grant recipient, Ryan Freund, a junior majoring in Studio Art, produced a sculpture featuring a single, manipulated Balisong knife. Titled Intersection, Freund utilized the knife's four handle scales to complete the piece. "I find flipping Balisong knives to be very beautiful and have been doing it since I was 13 years old," Freund said. "Their handles are used…

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CREATE! Micro-Grant Used to Produce Sculpture Representing Lives Lost to COVID-19

Apparel and Textile Design major Gwen Pinger used a $500 CREATE! Micro-Grant to build a sculpture consisting of thousands of glass beads that hang from elastic strings, each representing a life lost from COVID-19 in Michigan.  “The sculpture functions as a sort of wind chime with many long strands of string and glass beads that twinkle in the sun. The beads — in red, white, and silver — form the shape of IV needles,” said Pinger,…

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CREATE! Micro-Grant Program Accepting Proposals for 2022

The Dean’s Arts Advisory Council in the College of Arts & Letters invites proposals for its CREATE! Micro-Grant Program where students receive funding to create artworks that respond critically and imaginatively to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Open to all Michigan State University undergraduate students who will remain enrolled at MSU during the Fall 2022 semester, the proposal submission deadline is…

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Two-Time CREATE! Micro-Grant Recipients Return for Second Season of Their Podcast

A podcast that explores the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the artistic community, created by Nate Davis, senior BFA in Acting major, and Jason Dernay, recent BFA in Acting and BA in Management alumnus, has received the support of a second CREATE! Micro-Grant. The Art of Adaptation podcast features artists at different stages in their careers and lives and…

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CREATE! Micro-Grant Supports Film Creation

Julia Isoniemi, a sophomore double majoring in Theatre and Film Studies, and Ben Barber, a sophomore Theatre major, received a CREATE! Micro-Grant to produce a short film addressing mental health, loss, grief, and life transitions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The film, entitled Acceptance: Our Pandemic Story, covers the story of a student, Lime, who is going to therapy to process…

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CREATE! Micro-Grant Program Launches 2021 Student Exhibition

The 2021 CREATE! Micro-Grant Student Exhibition launches today, December 10. This online exhibit showcases the 12 student projects that were completed based on the winning proposals that earned each project $500 in micro-grant funding.  The CREATE! Micro-Grant Program encourages students to respond critically and imaginatively to events occurring during the COVID-19 pandemic and to creatively explore the issues of their generation. This…

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CREATE! Micro-Grant Winner Amplifies Artists in a Published Zine

C Widmann, a senior pursuing a B.A. in Theatre and an M.A. in Arts and Cultural Management, received a $500 CREATE! Micro-Grant to publish a digital zine to amplify the stories of artists and their creative pursuits during the pandemic. Widmann’s project, entitled “Creating Something Out of Nothing: Artists Thrive Despite the Pandemic,” grew out of an article Widmann wrote last…

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Apparel and Textile Design Major Interns Remotely for Indian Fashion Label

Haydn Ramey, a senior from South Lyon, Michigan, utilized her experience as an Apparel and Textile Design major towards her first internship working remotely as a Fashion Design Intern for the Indian fashion label Rohit Kamra. Rohit Kamra specializes in luxury menswear. However, when Ramey worked for the company this past summer, she helped produce women’s textile prints for its collaboration with…

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English Major Interns with the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland

Despite being thousands of miles away, Mary Claire Zauel’s remote internship this past summer with the Screen Directors Guild of Ireland gave her priceless educational experiences while cultivating communication and time management skills. As a Project Management Intern, Zauel, an English major currently in her junior year at MSU, organized live Q&A events with Irish film directors, managed the Screen…

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