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A Few Words From Debbie Under the Bridge and Creative Placemaking I am a believer that a place is made special by utilizing the arts as a driving force for change, improvement and revitalization. Our pride of place is defined as that which i...
Melissa Eggleston Exhibition "In a Flash" at the Arts Council in July Meet Melissa Melissa Eggleston is a neo-naturalist artist working out of her open studio in Bath, Michigan. Having an open studio policy is central to Melissa’s mission of c...
A Few Words From Debbie The Important Role of the NEA  For the past few months, our attention has been directed at advocating for the continuation of national arts funding. As you have undoubtedly heard, President Trump has proposed ful...
Small but Mighty by Mary Ablao  Exhibition and Opening Reception June 8, 2017 Meet Mary Born in Seattle, Wash., Mary spent summers on the West Coast for years and gave way to a living sense that life is an adventure. She was raised in ...
Call to Artists: "City Pulse" Seeks Artists to Submit Cover Art for "Summer of Art" Program Weekly Magazine to Feature Local Cover Art ARTIST GUIDELINES The Opportunity "City Pulse" and the Arts Council of Greater Lansing are joini...
A Few Words From Debbie Placemaking in Bloom! Spring is in the air, and I am excited to say that planning is in full bloom for the Creative Placemaking Summit that will be taking place on October 11, 2017 at the Lansing Center. It takes a full ye...
It's Time for a Creative Exchange! Join Us as We Talk Audience  The Arts Council is excited to announce its Creative Exchange! This exciting new event will serve as an annual platform to convene artists, arts organizations and other member...
The Arts Council Presents Justin Troisi's "Visual Analogy" An Exhibition   Meet Justin Justin Troisi is a fine art painter and sculptor. His work is inspired by patterns and textures found in nature. His work can be found in various pr...
A Few Words From Debbie Values? What AreThey and Why Are They Important? As we execute our mission, reach toward our vision and implement our goals and strategies, our guiding principles and values surround us and are core to our behavior and dec...
Attention Arts Council Artists: Call for Art! Spring has sprung! It’s that time of year when the Arts Council holds its annual spring event, and there is some magic-making going on! Not your typical garden variety Get ready for Garden Faire - an...
   Arts Matter Lansing A Story of Art and Advocacy by Jessica Carter, Arts Council intern Art has always been an integral part of my life. My father taught music at a public high school for over thirty years. My mother is a self-t...
"Expressive Artscapes" an Exhibition by Saralee Howard Exhibit and Opening Reception April 7, 2017 The Arts Council is pleased to present "Expressive Artscapes" by Saralee Howard. Howard's exhibition will be on display at the Arts Council through t...
A Few Words From Debbie Supporting the Arts It always gives me great pleasure to highlight the work of our national service organization – Americans for the Arts. Their values and their voice are critical to our shared message of the importance a...
A Few Words From Debbie Taking a Stand, Affecting Change For the past 51 years, the Arts Council has been a strong advocate for arts, culture and creativity in the tri-counties.  We have taken a stand on arts in the schools, percent for art ...
Artist-in-Residence Program Launches for 2016-2017  Program Meets With Continued Growth and Success   The Arts Council’s Young Creatives: Artist-in-Residence Program for the 2016-2017 school year began this week in the Lansing Schoo...
"Clandestine Simulacrum" an Exhibition by Kimberly Lavon Artist's Prints Represent Fragments of Self-Portrait      The Arts Council of Greater Lansing is pleased to present "Clandestine Simulacrum," an exhibition by Kimberly Lavon ...
A Few Words From Debbie Past, Present, Future... Happy New Year! January is such an exciting time of year at the Arts Council, as it kicks off our new membership season! It’s a time of reaching out to old friends and making new, and that’s w...
"Shadow Sides" an Exhibit by Jessica Kovan Artist Explores Light and Dark, Brightness and Shadows Meet our December/January artist of the month, Jessica Kovan. Jessica's work will be on display at the Arts Council from Dec. 1 - Jan. 30, 2017!...
A Few Words From Debbie Bidding Farewell  Bad news first....after a little over two years with the Arts Council, it is time to say a fond farewell to Josh Holliday, our extraordinary program manager. Good news...he isn't going too far. Duri...
A Few Words From Debbie Your Lansing, Our Lansing We’ve had a rather full calendar for the past month and are still basking in the glow from the Creative Placemaking Summit at the beginning of October. I know many of you will agree with me t...
"The Arts: Change and Challenge in the 21st Century" with Ellen Rosewall Join Us for Our November smARTS Workshop It's no secret that the live arts are experiencing uncertainty in the 21st century.  Many of us are concerned with dwin...
Artist's Colorful Trees Arrive Just in Time for Fall Tracie Davis "Trees of Life" Exhibit Opens Nov. 4 Artist Bio Tracie has been working professionally as an artist for seven years.Inspired by children and bold color,Tracie began painting on canv...
A Year of Accomplishments in 2016 Reflections on an Exciting Fiscal Year With the closing of our fiscal year as of Sept.30, it is amazing to reflect on the accomplishments that have taken place. FY2016 brought to fruition many of the initiat...
A Growing Organization and a Growing Board Announcing Board Changes and New Members!  The Arts Council of Greater Lansing continues to grow as an organization and our board of directors plays a key role in providing leadership, support and gui...
"Pictoral Conversations" An Exhibit by Juanita Baldwin Artist Bio Juanita Baldwin is an artist who expresses her creativity through multimedia painting and fine art photography. She enjoys the challenge each medium offers and the excitement of l...
A Few Words From Debbie Portrait of an Artist If it weren’t for those individuals that exude creativity and artistic talent wherever they go, our organization would have little reason to exist. Many of our artist members have come to us as fledgl...
Young Creatives Program Recieves Jackson National Grant JNCF Awards $4,750 to Arts Council's Youth Program The Arts Council is pleased to announce a $4,750 grant from Jackson National Life Insurance Company's Jackson National Community Fund in su...
Ruth Egnater "Favorite Things"  A Collection of Prints Infused With Nature and Humor Artist Bio Ruth was born in Detroit, Mich. and comes from an artistic family; her great grandfather, grandfather and mother were all professional...
City of Lansing “Sense of Place in the Arts” Grant Application Now Available City Designates $120,000 to Support Lansing Creative Placemaking Projects    LANSING, Aug. 15, 2016 — The City of Lansing is pleased to annou...
A Few Words From Debbie Placemaking Summit 2016 on Its Way!  When the Arts Council’s board began conversing in 2013 about our organizational direction, we stated unequivocally that we would take the lead as ambassadors of creative placemakin...
All Aboard for ArtPrize®  Get On the Bus for An ArtVenture The Arts Council of Greater Lansing is excited to partner with the University Club MSU for an exciting road trip to Grands Rapids spectacular, international art event, ArtPrize. Join u...
Jane Reiter Exhibit, Tangled Landscapes Watercolor and Zentangle Merge       Artist Bio                                          ...
 A Few Words From Debbie It's All About the People People. It is always about the people. Our community is vibrant and thriving because of the spirited, passionate and creative souls who make up the arts environment here in greater Lansing. ...
"Dreams and Schemes and Flying Machines" Pamela Wilburn July Exhibiting Artist Artist Bio Pamela Wilburn has been a commercial artist and an art teacher in both the private and public school setting. Now, in her retirement, she is devoting hersel...
The P.O.W.E.R. of Happiness Can be Yours Join us for this P.O.W.E.R. full smARTS session with Jane Aldrich Creating a healthy balance in life can be a challenge, especially for those with careers in the arts. Perhaps you are working a day job and p...
A Few Words From Debbie From Invention to Reinvention The Arts Council is in a mode of reinvention. Over the past three years, the board and staff have dedicated ourselves to a new mission, a new direction and new programming that positions the ...
Meet Ivan Iler Multi-talented Artist and Engineer, Building on a Dream Introducing Ivan! Last month we announced that Ivan Iler's propsal was chosen for the Museum Drive Sense of Place Arts Impact Project. Several amazing artists submitted thei...
Aesthetic Forms Above and Below the Water: An Exhibit by Bobbi Kilty On Display at Arts Council Greater Lansing Through June Artist Bio Bobbi Kilty is a painter in encaustic and combined media who retired after 36 years as an interior design e...
Abby Deneau "Plates a Plenty" Pottery Exhibit on Display for May Artist Bio Originally from Hartford, Mich., Abby Deneau is an artist, educator and mother to her four-year-old son, Lucas. A budding entrepreneur and devotee of the creative i...
A Few Words From DebbieCommunity Collaboration--This is Arts Night Out  One of the primary goals of the Arts Council encompasses collaboration. We have committed ourselves to form partnerships and collaborative relationships that position arts a...
Weaving a Tapestry Building a City One Word at a Time Last October the Arts Council held its first Creative Placemaking Summit, and some amazing things happened. People, Lansingites in particular, came to see their city in a new light—one that was ...
Things Around My City An Exhibit by Julian Van Dyke Artist Bio Born in Benton Harbor, Mich., Julian Van Dyke was introduced to art at the age of three. His mother, a former teacher, encouraged him to draw images of Santa Claus, and ever since th...
A Few Words From Debbie Support Young Creatives Have you heard?  March is National Youth Arts Month!  And the Arts Council is sending our message to all that will listen…SUPPORT YOUNG CREATIVES! We are firm believers that all childre...
Ten Billboards to Feature Lansing Youth Art Youth Art Month Focuses on Supporting Young Creatives  March is Youth Art Month, which means it's also time for our second annual Young Creatives Billboard Project! The Arts Council is excited t...
A Few Words From Debbie Committee's Time and Wisdom, Invaluable To be involved so deeply in making our community a better place to live, work and visit is what makes the Arts Council tick!  Over the past year, the board, staff and committee ...
Catherine Tonning-Popowich "Out on a Limb" Announcing February Artist-Member Exhibit    Artist Bio Catherine was born in Michigan to artistic parents, and has been creating art her entire life. She has explored many mediums such as ch...
Artists-in-Residence Rockin' Art More than 500 Students Benefit From New Program! The Artists-in-Residence program, round one, is underway and both students and teachers are really excited. Six teaching artists have kicked off this new Young Cr...
A Few Words From Debbie A Foundation of Passion and Enthusiasm  A close friend and colleague often tells me, “Your passion is showing!” And indeed, it does! When you love what you do and find excitement in every nuance you become what our fr...
Ingham County Hotel/Motel Funds Grant Application and Workshop Available  The Arts Council of Greater Lansing is pleased to announce a grant opportunity for non-profit organizations located in Ingham County. The Ingham County Hotel/Motel Fu...
Britta Urness "Indirect Messaging"  Announcing January Artist-Member Exhibit and Opening Reception Artist Exhibit: Jan. 4 - 29 Opening Reception: Jan. 15, 5-7 p.m.   Artist Bio Originally from Black Earth, Wisc. Britta Urness earn...
A Few Words From Debbie and the Team Gratitude and greetings to our supporters With the beginning of the holiday season upon us, we at the Arts Council of Greater Lansing have a simple message to deliver…THANK YOU! Whether you are a member, a patr...
The Sky's the Limit! Artist Billboard Sightings Have Begun For the last several months we have been working behind the scenes to get the 2015/2016 billboards launched into the sky! As of early this week we have received several phone calls of billb...
Annual Giving Campaign Launches A Letter From George Orban Dear Friends of the Arts Council of Greater Lansing, I think we can all agree that we are fortunate to live and work in a community that is home to some of the most creative and dedicated ...
A Few Words from Debbie Patience, Programs and Progress Ingrained into my head since I was a small child, my mother always told me, ”Patience is a virtue, and all good things reveal themselves in time.” As an adult, leading a strong and credible ...
City of Lansing Sense of Place - Arts Impact Project Details Come Share Your Ideas at a Community Open Forum We are looking for ideas, and we want to hear yours! The City of Lansing's Sense of Place in the Arts Grant program allocated $75,000 i...
Young Creatives Teaching Artists Enhance Learning  Artists-in-Residence Program Launches With Artist Roster Over the last several weeks, the Young Creatives Artists-in-Residence committee held multiple auditions for the Young Creatives Artis...
A Few Words from Debbie #LansingPlacemakers Here We Come! We have received an overwhelming response to our upcoming Creative Placemaking Summit. Three weeks ago, we sold out all 150 seats!  And since then, we have gotten phone calls, emails ...
Using Video to Tell Your Story Expert Panel Shows You How! Did you know that our brains process visual information 60,000 times faster than words, and one minute of video is considered equivalent to around 1.8 million words?  Wh...
A Few Words from Debbie The Art of Community Partnerships Coming from a theatre background, my work has always revolved around forming strong partnerships and collaborative initiatives. Everyone in theatre has a job to do – artistic and technical...
Call for Teaching Artists! Artists-in-Residence Program Launches Recently the Arts Council announced its open call for Lansing-area teaching artists for its Young Creatives Artists-in-Residence program. Learning and the arts The Artists-in-Reside...
Applause, Applause! Make Your Nominations Today! Each year at our annual Holiday Glitter event, the Arts Council recognizes area contributors to the arts with our Applause Awards. Commitment to the arts The aim of these coveted and ...
Arts Council Call for Teaching Artists Apply Today for Artists-in-Residence Program    Call for Artists The Arts Council is seeking teaching artists interested in participating in the Artists-in-Residence Program. The application pr...
A Few Words from Debbie A summer of projects and gratitude galore   Whew! Usually our summers are a little bit more laid back, but not this year. It has been an extraordinarily busy season! So many projects are coming to fruition at the Arts ...
Arts Council Launches Artists-in-Residence Program Mila Theroux to Manage New Initiative to Schools As an organization that advocates for the arts, the Arts Council of Greater Lansing firmly believes that every child should have access to the arts ...
Creativity Connects #Underthebridge project, breaking down barriers DONATE NOW: https://www.patronicity.com/project/michigan_avenue_corridor_underpass_rebirth If you’ve ever traveled between downtown Lansing and E. Lansing via Michigan Ave...
A Few Words from Debbie Grant deadlines, guidelines and more deadlines   With a number of grant deadlines fast approaching, the Arts Council has been a beehive of activity – phone conversations, in-person meetings, e-mails sent and received...
Sean Lyons, Untitled A Man and His Icons from Religious to Pop The Arts Council is excited to welcome a new artist to our Member Exhibit Wall. During the months of July and August we are featuring the work of Sean Lyons who paints mythological, r...
Summer Mixer Has Lots In Store! Join Us for Good Times in Old Town Yes, summer is here, and it's time for the Arts Council's Summer Creative Mixer, where food, wine, friends and fun all come together in the name of the arts! Who could resist t...
The Arts Council Welcomes Kaitlin Lapka New Administrative Assistant Joins the Team The Arts Council is pleased to welcome Kaitlin Lapka as our new administartive assistant. With a passion for creativity and community. She especially loves the ...
Hyatt Place Silent Art Auction Grand Opening Features Arts Council Artists The new Hyatt Place at Eastwood Towne Center is inviting folks to come dip their foot in the pool! Not literally, but close.  Sneak peek They are opening the...
A Few Words From Debbie A Creative Placemaking Summit We live in such a wonderful region, filled with lively and engaging festivals, art galleries showcasing emerging and accomplished talents, art centers, dance studios, museums and theatres creati...
A Few Words from Debbie Mentors and Leaders on the Journey I’ve always been a believer that we learn by watching others. As we grow and mature, we emulate and adopt those qualities that are passed down to us that make us better individuals.   ...
Patricia Bender Making Magic in Black and White Our exhibiting artist for May and June is black and white photographer Patricia Bender, and we are so excited to feature her exhibit, Just Outside my Door, on our exhibit wall. With each new exh...
Volunteers Needed for Spring Event at Turner-Dodge House Help Support the Arts Council at This Fun-draising Event Our spring fundraiser, A Taste of Art & Life is just around the corner, and we are looking for volunteers! If you are free on Th...
Cultural Data Project Workshop Storytelling for Greater Impact   Why does data matter? The Cultural Data Project (CDP) has the answers! They can help your organization view, analyze and talk about your internal data in new (and even exciting)...
A Few Words from Debbie Supporting Arts Education and Providing Solutions As the African Proverb says, “It takes a village to raise a child.” During my interview for my current Arts Council role, I was asked my opinion concerning the 2013 decision ...
Gather Round for Wine Arounds Creative Conversations Around the Arts and Wine                          At the Arts Council we come into contact with a lot of creative people--visual a...
Going Digital at the Opry! Grand Ole Opry Team Shares Digital Marketing Tips  The show that made country music famous has some marketing tips for you! Come hear them all at this special smARTS Workshop! Staying on top With 90 years in the ...
Spring Creative Mixer at Al!ve! Join us at Charlotte's Amazing Community Destination As an organization that serves the tri-counties, the Arts Council has taken its Creative Mixers on the road over the last year to visit our neighboring members a...
Chris Clark Fellowship Applications Now Available Workshop Provides Details and Tips The Arts Council is proud to award funds to our members through our Chris Clark Fellowship Program for Creative Professionals, and we are excited to ...
Collaborative Panel Shares Tips! Learn Creative Skills From the Experts Got a job to do, but not sure where to start--a project in mind, but no experience--then our collaboration workshop is for you!   Something for everyone In the spirit o...
Arts Council Billboards Feature Lansing Youth Art MSUFCU and Adams Outdoor Help Support Youth Art Month March is Youth Art Month, and the Arts Council of Greater Lansing is excited to feature the work of four Lansing-area young artists on digital b...
  A Few Words From Debbie From the Desk of the Executive Director As we celebrate National Youth Art Month, the Arts Council is shouting as loud and as strong as we can…“SUPPORT YOUNG CREATIVES!” The value of arts education in our schools i...
Cool Art Opps You Don’t Want to Miss Grants, Call for Artists, Auditions and more If you haven’t been over to the Arts Council’s Opportunities section on our website, there’s no time like the present, as there are lots of cool things happening over...
Echo and Imagine A Taste of Art & Life call for artists The Arts Council of Greater Lansing is seeking artist-member submissions for its A Taste of Art & Life spring fundraiser exhibit. In honor of our 50th anniversary, we are seeking to ...
Cultural Data Project Presents Workshop Arts Council Partners with CDP for Intro Session In partnership with Arts Council of Greater Lansing, the Cultural Data Project is excited to host an introductory session on the CDP, including data collection...
Kathryn Sutton Exhibit Mixing Mediums in Life and in Art Exploration and creativity are characteristics that come quite naturally to Kathryn Sutton, and they contribute not only to her art, but to her daily practice of living. “I have always loved...
A Few Words From Debbie From the Desk of the Executive Director Serving on boards or committees is a way to show an organization how much they mean to you and your commitment to their cause. The knowledge and expertise that is shared by those i...
Young Creatives Grant Deadline Approaching!  March 2, 2015 is final date for submission The Young Creatives Program grants funds for scholarships that provide access to summer-time arts classes/camps for youth in the Lansing area.  Y...
Call for Michigan Artists! Meet us at the Site! Participate in the Michigan Corridor Mural Project Are you a visionary, a leader, someone who has always wanted to paint a mural or participate in such an endeavor? If any of these statements res...
Arts Council Announces Funding Changes Chris Clark Fellowship and Individual Grant get a new look After much debate and contemplation, followed by meetings with artist focus groups and Arts Council committees, the Arts Council is pleased to annou...
Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence: A Guide for YOU! Executive Director of Campus Compact, Robin Grinnell to lead Workshop By Kasey Streets   A nonprofit organization starts with passion and an idea, but ambition isn’t all tha...
Michigan Avenue – US127 Bridge Beautification Project   Following the group visioning session on Feb. 7, artists interested in the project will be asked to provide a proposal based on an RFP to be supplied in the weeks leading up to event. The...
A Few Words From Debbie From the Desk of the Executive Director   Only a few short weeks ago, we bid farewell to the old year, we popped balloons and threw confetti in the air, we made champagne toasts, and we stayed awake to watch the ball d...
Ride With Us, On the Bus Excursion offers opportunity for artists In conjunction with the Michigan Avenue Corridor Improvement Authority of Lansing, Lansing Township and the City of East Lansing, The Arts Council of Greater Lansing is excited to ...
Get Granting! Three Important Grant Deadlines on the Horizon! It’s hard to believe that we are already looking at grant deadlines for 2015, but we have  three that are fast approaching, and we want to make sure you have all the info you need f...
Art in the Sky Billboard Project Up In the Air! Have you seen them? The Arts Council’s artist billboards have taken to the highways and the airways, and they are truly spectacular! Thanks to a great partnership with Adams Outdoor Advertising, w...
Arts Council Membership It's where magic happens! January is such an exciting time of year, as it kicks off our new membership season! It’s a time of reaching out to old friends and making new, and that’s what makes our organization and our arts co...
Upcoming Events! Have we got a lineup for you! With the New Year (and the kick-off of our 50th anniversary) we have lots of exciting events coming up that you don’t want to miss! Make sure that you check our website for a complete schedule of works...
A Few Words from Debbie From the Desk of the Executive Director As the holidays approach, I am always a little bit more thoughtful (and sentimental too) of the perceptions I have of place. Why do some places exude a spirit of community mo...
Progressing to the Grove January Creative Mixer Heads to E. Lansing It’s hard to believe that we are talking about January already, but it’s just around the corner and so is our January Creative Mixer taking place at Grove Gallery & Studios on ...
Applause, Applause Arts Award Winners Honored at Holiday Glitter Each year in September, the Arts Council of Greater Lansing puts out a call for nominations, asking community members to nominate their favorite arts supporters in the area. The w...
Home for the Holidays Arts Council Offices Close for the Christmas Season With the holiday season comes a need for a little down time—time to relax and enjoy family, food and friends. As is our tradition, the Arts Council offices will close at 5...
Get smART about Marketing and P.R. Wharton Center’s Bob Hoffman to Lead Workshop When it comes to selling yourself and your business, local media is a great vehicle for promotion. But how do you get their attention? According to motivational spea...
Ingham County Hotel/Motel Funds Grant Application and Workshop Available  The Arts Council of Greater Lansing is pleased to announce a grant opportunity for non-profit organizations located in Ingham County. The Ingham County Hotel/Motel F...
It’s a Holiday Booking! Join us for bubbly and books galore! The Arts Council of Greater Lansing has been gifted more than 500 art books by painter and art enthusist Linda Nelson, and we want to share them with our members! So we are throwing a par...
Booking Gratitude Thank you, Linda, for your extraordinary gift Recently the Arts Council received an incredible gift! Five hundred (or so) beautiful art books! Some are very gently used, others are brand new, and we are beyond excited to have them...
A Few Words from Debbie From the Desk of the Executive Director   Over the summer and into early fall, the Arts Council of Greater Lansing produced a series of workshops on Artist Live/Work Spaces that shared expertise, case studies and resou...
How to Raise the Money You Need to Fund the Work You Love! Local artists and arts organizations, this is THE opportunity for you! Individuals account for almost 85% of all money given to arts and culture organizations from non-government sources....
Sense of Place Grantees Awarded Area Organizations Recognized for Creating Place in Lansing There is a lot of talent in the capital region. We are an area rich in creativity where communities of creatives abound, and as a result, so do creative ide...
Perception: An Exhibit by artist, Layna Lesnau New Exhibit Premiers at Arts Council Artist, teacher and new mother Layna Lesnau is the Arts Council of Greater Lansing’s Nov./Dec. exhibiting artist. Her exhibit, Perception, is open for public viewi...
A Few Words from Debbie From the desk of the Executive Director An integral goal of the Arts Council’s strategic plan for 2015-2017 is our belief that we must be an innovative and creative organization that draws its strength on being sustai...
Calling All Artist Members! Get on the Wall!  Submit Your Application Today! One of the great benefits of being a member at the Arts Council is that artists can submit their work for exhibit on our Member Exhibit Wall. Each exhibit runs for ...
Full of Grace Arts Council Welcomes New Intern We feel so fortunate at the Arts Council that we have had so many wonderful interns over the years. We always feel a little sad when it’s time to say farewell and wish them on their way, but we also ge...
Applause, Applause! It's Time to Nominate Your Favorite Arts Contributors!  Each year at our annual Holiday Glitter event, the Arts Council recognizes area contributors to the arts with our Applause Awards. Commitment to the arts The ...
It's Holiday Glitter Spectacular!  Get your tickets today! Each year in December, the Arts Council brings together Lansing’s growing arts community to kick off the holiday season at its annual Holiday Glitter. Now in its 35th year, ...
Arts Council Creative Mixer is Williamston Bound! Join us at the Williamston Theatre and Fireworks Glass TUESDAY, OCTOBER 21 - 5-7pm As many of you know, we have taken our creative mixers on the road, visiting our members studios and places of bus...
 Josh Holliday Joins Arts Council as Program Manager  Meet-and-Greet on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014   The Arts Council is pleased to announce Josh Holliday as our new program director. Josh is a life-long Spartan man who hails from Char...
A Few Words from Debbie From the Desk of the Executive Director   Fall has always been a time of renewal for me. It signals the start of my year, adoption of new priorities and attention given to a new focus. The changing of the seasons has a...
MCACA Minigrants Due in October! Application Workshop Available   In June the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs announced the opening of its round-one Minigrant applications. Well, September has arrived, and the application deadl...
Step into the Grand Society Arts Council Announces Private Reception The Grand Society is a unique philanthropic arm of Arts Council supporters who value creative expression and artistic diversity in the tri-counties. With their annual $1,000 contr...
Creative Kids Get Ready! New Young Creatives Guide Now Available Over the last year, the Arts Council has been busy taking our smARTS for Kids program in a new direction--transforming it to a more expansive and creative offering for youth. Hello ...
Arts Council Opens Discussion on Artist Live/Work Space Workshop Presents Free Public Panel!   As advocates, supporters and promoters of the arts, the Arts Council welcomes the idea of a Lansing-based artist live/work space. Such a spac...
We Know Lansing Like the Back of Our Hands! Arts Council Aces CTA Training  Tourism. It’s one of the biggest boosts to Lansing’s economy and what keeps our city strong. Every year more than 4.7 million people visit Lansing, creating $472 milli...
A Few Words from Debbie From the Desk of the Executive Director        As we continue to outline our new strategic direction for the Arts Council, the board and staff continue to recognize the differing needs of our constitue...
Chris Clark Recipients Announced Fellowships Awarded to Area Creative Professionals   The Arts Council of Greater Lansing is pleased to announce the recipients of the Chris Clark Fellowship Program for Creative Professionals. In...
Art in the Sky Billboard Project Request for Proposals 2014  The Opportunity The Arts Council of Greater Lansing is a strong believer of art for all and understands the importance of public art in creating "cool cities," places where people...
Arts Council and East Lansing are Stepping Out! 517artwalk App is Ready to Roll The Arts Council has been very busy of late preparing for the pilot launch of its new smartphone app, 517artwalk, which will highlight area public art and galleries. Th...
Advocating for the Arts East Lansing Percent for Art Proposal Gains Footing! As part of our advocacy efforts, the Arts Council recently put out a call for support of City of East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett’s Percent for Art public art ordinance....
Program Manager, Barb Whitney, Transitions  Programs Manager Position Available  The Arts Council is a forward-moving and fast-growing organization. As a result, staff transitions and changes within our organization are expected events....
July 16, 2014   Dear Friends of the Arts Council of Greater Lansing,   An important part of our mission is to advo...
A Few Words From Debbie From the desk of the executive director   From my humble beginnings in the MSU theatre department, I have been blessed to work and build friendships for the past 35 years in an industry that is populated by individuals...
Arts Council Receives Grant to Create Art APP! Collaboration with city partners puts Lansing art on the map   Recently the Arts Council was awarded a $7,500 grant from the Capital Region Community Foundation for the creation of an...
Sense of Place in the Arts Grant Applications and Workshop Now Available City Designates $120K to Support Creative Placemaking Projects in Lansing As administrators of the Sense of Place in the Arts Grants, the Arts Council is excited to announce t...
All the “Cool Cities” Have Them! Artist Live/Work Space for Lansing? It’s true. Artist live/work spaces have popped up all across the U.S. especially in the last 15 years or so, with thousands of existing cooperatives currently in operation. These ...
Love of the Arts, Mickey and Minnie and a Little Theatre to Boot Gotta Love Our Interns! We love playing a part in growing the arts and that is especially true within the walls of our Old Town office! Bringing in new interns each semester is alw...
Calling all Artists! Get Talkin' About the Arts! The Arts Council of Greater Lansing Presents-- Artist Live/Work Space Visionary Workshops in Three Sessions    Established and successful artist live/work spaces exist all across the coun...
A Few Words From Debbie From the Desk of the Executive Director  While our organization is made up of a vast array of unique and thriving arts and cultural organizations, individual artists, art educators and art students, we would not be able...
Look Out Nashville! Here We Come! Hello Americans for the Arts! The Americans for the Arts National Conference is always an exhilarating event for us at the Arts Council, and this year, it is especially exc...
A Touch of Glass June Mixer Heads to Craig Mitchell Smith Glass Studio    Yes folks, it's Arts Council mixer time once again, and we are pleased as punch to announce that this year's gathering is being held at the new Craig Mitchell...
Chris Clark Fellowship Grant Applications and Workshop Established through a legacy gift to the Arts Council by Lansing native Chris Clark, the Chris Clark Fellowship Program for Creative Professionals supports creative capacity building for i...
Arts Council Announces Young Creatives Grantees Scholarship opportunities available The Arts Council is especially proud of our growing Young Creatives Program, which offers grants for our arts organization members to  provide opportuni...
A Few Words From Debbie From the Desk of the Executive Director There are 7.25 billion people who inhabit this planet — 7.25 billion people who have opinions — 7.25 billion people who view life through their own personal lens.  It comes as no ...
Arts Council Announces Grantees  Ingham County Hotel/Motel Tax Funds for Arts and Tourism As a re-granting agency, the Arts Council proudly administers funding programs for numerous entities each year. Therefore, it is with great pleasure th...
Chris Clark Fellowship Applications Now Available Calling All Members  The Arts Council is proud to award funds to our members each year through our Chris Clark Fellowship Program for Creative Professionals, and we are excited to anno...
Calling Lansing-Area Artists and Creatives Lend your voice to the Salvage Summit Does the idea of digging through scrap piles or old homes to find art supplies set your creative soul a burning? Are you a lover of repurposed art? Would you like...
The Arts Council Presents: A Taste of Art & Life Spring Gala to be held in Old Town The Arts Council of Greater Lansing is excited to present its eighth annual A Taste of Art & Life, a fundraising event to support the arts in our reg...
Katie Woodhams Receives 2014 Individual Artist Grant Project to encourage healing after loss       The Arts Council of Greater Lansing is excited to announce Katie Woodhams as our 2014 Individual Artist Grant recipient. Katie has be...
A Few Words From Debbie From the Desk of the Executive Director After a lengthy by-law committee meeting, one of the Arts Council board members came to a very intuitive conclusion and called me a “process person.” “Yes, yes, I am,” I replied prou...
Arts Council Young Creatives Scholarships Non-Profit Orgs Apply Today! by Dawn Gorman       The Arts Council of Greater Lansing is excited to announce that it is currently accepting applications from local non-profit orga...
Rebecca Case Exhibit  Nature Blooms at the Arts Council    The Arts Council is proud to announce Touch of Spring, an exhibit by Rebecca Case our featured member artist for March and April 2014. A long...
A Few Words From Debbie From the Desk of the Executive Director Positioning the Arts Council for the Next 50 Years We asked and you responded! I think the most exciting part of the work at the Arts Council is hearing from our membership abo...
The Superpowers of Arts Council Membership Are You Using Yours? by Dawn Gorman So you’ve decided to become an Arts Council member. And now you’re asking yourself “What does this mean?” “What do I get?” Well here’s your answer! ”You get a lot!” In ...
From the Desk of the Executive Director Today is the day to start adding my voice to our monthly newsletter. I can’t believe that it has already been three months since I joined this remarkable organization! Wow! Time sure has flown by as I learn th...
Are You Creative? We Need Awesome Interns! Apply Now and Get a Free Hat! Do you love art in all its vast, amazing, crazy, mind-stretching forms? Do you love creatives (painters, photographers, poets, dancers, sketchers, singers, actors, film makers...
Arts Council's Julia Lloyd, Wisconsin Bound  Former Intern and Employee Stretches Her Wings   by Dawn M. Gorman The arts and cultural community in Lansing, Mich. has seen a lot of exciting change and growth in 2013, and the A...