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Lansing Board of Water & Light Announces New Public Art--Local Artist’s Work Installed on REO Town Substation

February 22, 2024

The Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL) announces a new art piece at its REO Town Central Substation as part of its rotating digital art program, “Art Moves REO.” The work, created by artist Teresa Dunn, was recently installed at the W. Malcolm X St. and S. Washington Ave. structure in REO Town.

Call for Entries! Lansing Poet Laureate Program

February 2, 2024

Could you be the 2024/2025 Poet Laureate? It's time to apply! Get all the info and read the official guidelines. Deadline for application is March 15, 2024.

Arts Roll Call Episode 21: rocks, birds, celebs--the curious journey of artist Sarah Hillman

January 3, 2024

Welcome to Episode 21 of Arts Roll Call--a podcast for the arts curious. In this episode, host Robin Miner-Swartz talks with artist and writer, Sarah Hillman about her array of mediums and interests as an artist--from rock art to birds and celebrity portraits.

LEAP Transitions Public Art for Communities Grant Program to the Arts Council of Greater Lansing‍

November 30, 2023

The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) is transitioning the Public Art for Communities (PAFC) grant program to the Arts Council of Greater Lansing, allowing LEAP to innovate further on vital business ecosystem initiatives like our regional child-care initiative.

Arts Council Announces 2023/2024 Art in the Sky Billboards

November 28, 2023

The Arts Council is pleased to announce the billboard artists for the 2023/2024 Art in the Sky Billboard Project. This project is a well-loved annual public art installation that spans the skies from downtown Lansing and beyond, featuring the art of local artists throughout the region for everyone to enjoy.

Arts Council Announces $40,000 in Grants

November 9, 2023

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing is pleased to announce its fiscal year 2024 grant recipients for the Greater Lansing Region. Area artists and arts and culture organizations will receive funding totaling $40,000. The funds will be used to engage area youth, support creative capacity building and provide professional development for artists and arts and cultural organization staff.

Arts Roll Call Episode 20: Sarah Arredondo--Community, Creativity and Loving Local

October 30, 2023

Welcome to episode 20 of Arts Roll Call, a podcast for the arts curious. In this episode, host Robin Miner-Swartz talks with artist, photographer and boutique gallery owner, Sarah Arredondo about her journey from art student to journalist to owning her own art-centered business.

Poet Laureate Program Transitions to Arts Council of Greater Lansing

October 25, 2023

The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) is transitioning the Lansing Poet Laureate program to the Arts Council of Greater Lansing, allowing LEAP to focus on vital business ecosystem initiatives.

Arts Roll Call Episode 19: Brian Snyder--Art Moves

September 7, 2023

Welcome to Episode 19 of Arts Roll Call--a podcast for the arts curious. In this episode, our host, Robin Miner-Swartz, talks to local artist Brian Snyder about his love of art and basketball and how they intertwined to make an exciting career that led to a life of travel, teaching, artmaking and so much more.

Call for Artists! Greater Lansing Food Bank Seeks Art for Distribution Center

July 21, 2023

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing announces a call for artists for a catalog of artwork to be available for purchase by Greater Lansing Food Bank (GLFB). Artists are invited to choose existing or new artwork that inspires the staff, volunteers and neighbors visiting GLFB office spaces in the distribution center. The frontline workers of GLFB want artwork that helps the space to feel energetic, innovative, nourishing and community-based.

Mayor Andy Schor Announces 2023 Arts Project Grantees

July 17, 2023

Mayor Andy Schor announced today that a total of $83,750 was recently awarded to nine arts and cultural organizations that will be creating vibrancy and excitement in Lansing in the upcoming year. The City of Lansing’s Arts Projects Grants are funded through the annual City of Lansing Arts and Culture Grants program and are administered by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing.

Arts Roll Call Episode 18: REACH Studio Art Center--Passing the Torch

July 5, 2023

Welcome to Episode 18 of Arts Roll Call--a podcast for the arts curious. In this episode, host Robin Miner-Swartz talks with REACH Studio Art Center's founder and executive director, Alice Brinkman, along with incoming executive director, Melissa Keeley.

City of Lansing Announces Arts Impact Project Artist Tea Brown

June 19, 2023

Mayor Andy Schor recently announced the 2023 City of Lansing Arts Impact Project awardee, Tamara (Tea) Brown. This is the seventh Arts Impact Project to be installed in the city and is a component of the City of Lansing Arts and Culture Grant Program, which will grant more than $150,000 to individual artists and arts and cultural organizations this year.

Arts Roll Call Episode 17: Mikeyy Austin--Arts, Culture and Collaboration

May 3, 2023

Welcome to Episode 17 of Arts Roll Call--a podcast for the arts curious. In this episode, host Robin Miner-Swartz talks with musician Mikeyy Austin about his music, his love for Lansing and his belief that arts and culture drive everything and help create strong and supportive spaces that are for everyone.

Arts Council Announces AmeriCorps Member Position: Membership Coordinator

May 1, 2023

We’re looking for a driven individual to help out as a CEDAM AmeriCorps member. As an AmeriCorps member, you’ll gain professional experience in nonprofits and community development, and also make a big impact in our community. If you’re looking for a year-long opportunity, apply today to be an Arts Council AmeriCorps membership coordinator. Your service will truly make a difference, right in your own community!

Join Us for 35 Hours of Giving!

May 1, 2023

Join us on May 3, 2023 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 4 and help us raise money for our Arts Advancement Fund. Help support the arts in our region during this fundraising challenge sponsored by the Community Foundation.

Call for Artists! The Board of Water & Light #ArtMovesREO Project is Renewed

April 28, 2023

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing announces a call for artists for a public art project, funded by public resources through the Lansing Board of Water & Light. The #ArtMovesREO project will be an art print as an on-going rotation of art installed on Washington Ave. on the southwest corner of the Central Substation. We are seeking bold, innovative images that will engage and reflect the community and serve as a welcoming beacon for travelers in and out of REO Town.

Arts Council Launches Youth Mentorship Program

March 20, 2023

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing announced today the launch of Young Creatives Mentorship, a unique one-on-one opportunity for Greater Lansing youth to work with professional artists in individual sessions that will offer guidance, resources and first-hand experience to aspiring artists.

Arts Council Announces MACC Round-2 Minigrant Awardees

March 14, 2023

The Arts Council proudly announces the Michigan Arts & Culture Round-2 Minigrant awardees for 2023. More than $9,000 was awarded to area artists and arts and cultural organizations.

Arts Council 2023 Young Creatives Billboards Launch

March 7, 2023

The Arts Council announces their annual Young Creatives Billboard recipients for their 2023 campaign, funded in part through a partnership with Adams Outdoor Advertising. The billboards feature art by area K-12 students and will run on digital billboards for the entire month of March in and around the Capital Region.

Arts Roll Call Episode 16: Petra Daher--Uniting People and Creating Change

February 28, 2023

Welcome to Episode 16 of Arts Roll Call--a podcast for the arts curious. In this episode, host Robin Miner-Swartz talks with local photographer and filmmaker Petra Daher. They delve into Petra's 20-plus years as owner of Petra Daher Productions and how Petra's love of photography and film have led down a path of activism.

Arts Roll Call Episode 15: Marissa Tawney Thaler--Taking Risks, Building Momentum

January 2, 2023

Listen to episode 15 of Arts Roll Call where we talk to artist Marissa Tawney Thaler. Marissa and our host, Robin Miner-Swartz talk about Marissa's unique journey as an artist, going from illustrator to creating murals and the importance of taking risks as an artist.

Arts Council of Greater Lansing Announces FY2023 Grant Recipients

November 10, 2022

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing is pleased to announce their FY2023 fall grantees. Greater Lansing area artists and arts organizations will receive funding totaling $30,500 to conduct community arts projects, engage area youth and receive professional development that will support the work of the organizations they serve.

Lansing Board of Water & Light to Install New REO Town Substation Art

November 3, 2022

Lansing Board of Water and Light and the Arts Council announce Art Moves REO Town project to be installed at the REO Town Central Substation. Artist, Marissa Tawney Thaler's work was chosen for the first round of this rotating public art project.

Arts Roll Call Episode 14: Metro Melik Loving Lansing

October 31, 2022

Welcome to Episode 14 of Arts Roll Call--a podcast for the arts curious. In this episode, host Robin Miner-Swartz talks with Melik Brown, better known as Metro Melik shares his passion for all things Metro Lansing.

City of Lansing 2023 Arts Impact Project Call for Proposals Pitch Panel‍

October 18, 2022

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing is pleased to announce the City of Lansing's 2023 Arts Impact Project and Project Pitch. This project awards $75,000 for the development of a permanent creative structure that enhances a neighborhood's appearance. Learn how you can share your project idea!

Arts Council Reinvents Annual Creative Placemaking Summit

October 3, 2022

The Arts Council Greater Lansing is getting ready to launch its annual Creative Placemaking Summit, and this year it has a whole new look and feel.

Arts Council Announces FY2023 GRIT Grant Awardees--$200,000 Granted to Fuel the Arts and Cultural Sector in Greater Lansing

September 13, 2022

The Arts Council recently awarded $200,000 in FY2023 GRIT Grant funds. Nearly 50 applications were submitted and 43 grants were awarded to area artists and arts and culture organizations.

We're Hiring! Work at the Arts Council

September 1, 2022

Work with us! The Arts Council is seeking a part-time administrative assistant to join our team. Get all the details and apply today. First preference is given to applications received by Sept. 16, 2022.

Arts Roll Episode 13--WKAR's Shawn Turner: A Century of Service

August 31, 2022

Welcome to Episode 13 of Arts Roll Call--a podcast for the arts curious. In this episode, host Robin Miner-Swartz talks with interim WKAR general manager, Shawn Turner. They chat about WKAR's 100-year anniversary and the upcoming year-long celebration, "A Century of Service," and the upcoming community mural project with the Arts Council.

Donor Highlight--Rachel Elsinga

August 26, 2022

We are so pleased to celebrate our long-time donor, supporter and board member, Rachel Elsinga. She is a true lover of arts and culture and enjoys sharing that love with her family and her community. She cannot imagine any kind of life without the arts, and we totally agree with her! We are excited to share her answers to our questions about her connection to the arts and why she believes they are central to a thriving life and community.

Donor Highlight--Steph Joy Hogan: Art is Connection

June 28, 2022

Steph Hogan is a long-time artist member, cheerleader and spokesperson of the Arts Council who continually goes above and beyond to support and uplift our organization. We are extremely happy to feature her as our June Donor Highlight! She offers up some great insight on the arts in our region.

Arts Roll Call episode 12--Andrew Sandsted: Making Things Happen

June 28, 2022

Welcome to Episode 12 of Arts Roll Call--a podcast for the arts curious. In this episode, host Robin Miner-Swartz talks with sculpture and scrap artist, Andrew Sandstedt. They chat about Andrew's background as a growing artist in the Greater Lansing community and his thoughts on making art that's good for the environment and giving things a second chance.

Call for Artists! The Board of Water & Light Wants Your Art on the Central Substation

June 10, 2022

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing announces a call for artists for a public art project, funded by public resources through the Lansing Board of Water & Light. The project will be a public art print to replace art currently installed on Washington Ave. on the southeast corner of the Central Substation. We are seeking bold, innovative images that will engage and reflect the community and serve as a welcoming beacon for travelers in and out of REO Town.

GRIT Grant Workshops and Assitance Help You Suceed!

May 6, 2022

We are so excited about our new GRIT Grants, and we are eager to help anyone who is interested in submitting an application. Let us help you with your grant! We have workshops, open office hours and other forms of support available.

Donor Highlight--Meegan Holland: Living the arts life in Greater Lansing

May 6, 2022

This month's featured donor, Meeghan Holland, has a long history of supporting and engaging with the arts in Greater Lansing. She has plenty of memories to share along with lots of perspectives and advice on how to advance the arts and music in our region, encouraging everyone to get curious.

Arts Roll Call Episode 11--Ben Hassenger and His Mighty Uke!

May 4, 2022

Episode 11 of our Arts Roll Call podcast is a delightful conversation between host Robin Miner-Swartz and ukulele artist Ben Hassenger. Learn more about Ben and watch this entertaining and dynamic interchange about music, connection, sharing and more.

City of Lansing Announces 2022 Arts Impact Project: $75,000 Public Art Installation in Hunter Park

April 25, 2022

Mayor Schor, the City of Lansing and the Arts Council of Greater Lansing joined with Eastside Organizations and artist Ivan Iler to celebrate the announcement of the Arts Impact Project! With support and feedback from the community, Iler developed a concept for a sculpture that will reflect the area to be installed at Hunter Park. The sculpture will add beauty to the park and create a sense of connection.

Arts Council of Greater Lansing Announces 8th Annual “Support Young Creatives” Campaign

March 10, 2022

The “Support Young Creatives” Billboard Project and advocacy campaign, now in its eighth year, invites all Greater Lansing teachers who work in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton County school districts to submit student art for this annual competition. Selected youth art is then displayed on Adams Outdoor Advertising digital billboard space throughout the region for the entire month of March.

Sue Mills: Supporting the Arts From the Ground Up

March 3, 2022

This month's donor highlight features Sue Mills, a former director of the Arts Council and avid supporter of the arts in our region. We asked Sue some questions about what the arts mean to her, and she beautifully shared her reflections on her time at the Arts Council and on what she loves about the arts scene in our region.

Arts Roll Call Episode 10: Louis and max Boyang--Community, Hope and Creative Expression

March 2, 2022

In episode 10 of Arts Roll Call, we talk with twins Louis and Max Boyang. They share their journey as young artists, their passion for creative expression and how they are using art to make change in the lives of children with cancer.

Mayor Andy Schor Announces $87,500 in Arts Funding to be Awarded to Local Organizations

February 9, 2022

Mayor Andy Schor announces City of Lansing Arts and Culture Arts Project Grants totaling $87,500, which were awarded to seven Greater Lansing arts and cultural organizations. These grants are funded annually through the City of Lansing and administered by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing.

Arts Roll Call Episode 9: Ivan Iler Heavy Metal--Making Impactful Art

January 5, 2022

Welcome to Episode 9 of Arts Roll Call, the podcast for the Arts Curious. In our first episode of 2022, our host Robin Miner-Swartz talks with area artist, metal sculptor and Netflix sensation, Ivan Iler about his roots, his growing career and how to get noticed as an artist, and a city of the arts.

Arts Council Announces 2021/2022 Art in the Sky Billboard Project

December 2, 2021

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing is pleased to announce it’s 2021/2022 “Art in the Sky” billboards, featuring the work of six Greater Lansing area artists.

Arts Council of Greater Lansing to Receive $250,000 Grant from the NEA as part of the American Rescue Plan

November 18, 2021

Arts Council Greater Lansing is pleased to announce that they have been awarded a $250,000 American Rescue Plan grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Arts Council will use funds to create a regranting program to provide pandemic recovery dollars to the region’s arts and cultural sector.

Arts Council of Greater Lansing Announces Nearly $73,000 in Ingham County Hotel/Motel Tourism Grants

November 16, 2021

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing and Ingham County are pleased to announce the 2021 Ingham County Hotel/Motel Funds for Arts and Tourism grantees. This year, grant funds totaling $72,123.07 were distributed to area arts organizations.

Arts Council of Greater Lansing Announces 2022 Fall Grant Recipients

November 5, 2021

The Arts Council is pleased to announce the 2022 fall grant recipients! More than $22,000 in funds were awarded for the fall grant cycle to area artists and arts organizations.

Arts Impact Project 2022 Call to Artists

November 1, 2021

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing is pleased to announce the City of Lansing's 2022 Arts Impact Project Pitch Panel event. This annual project awards $75,000 for the development of a permanent creative structure that enhances a neighborhood's appearance and kindles community engagement in the City of Lansing.

Arts Roll Call Episode 8: Brian Whitfield--Connecting People Through Public Art

November 1, 2021

Welcome to Arts Roll Call, the bi-monthly podcast that features Arts Council artists and arts organizations. This month in episode 8 of the podcast, we speak with local artist and muralist, Brian Whitfield.

Arts Roll Call Episode 7: Michael Beebe--For the Love History and the Arts

September 1, 2021

Welcome to Arts Roll Call, the bi-monthly podcast that features Arts Council artists and arts organizations. This month in episode 7 of the podcast, we speak with board president of Friends of Turner-Dodge House, Michael Beebe.

Mayor’s Racial Justice and Equity Report Addresses Arts and Culture as Part of It’s Plan

August 12, 2021

Mayor Andy Schor and members of the Mayor’s Racial Justice and Equity Alliance (MRJEA) recently announced the completion of their report on Racial Justice and Equity in the City of Lansing. The Arts Council of Greater Lansing was honored to be part of the Arts and Culture workgroup and participate in this important project.

Arts Roll Call Episode 6: Najeema Iman--Cultivation & Collaboration

July 8, 2021

Welcome to Arts Roll Call, the bi-monthly podcast that features Arts Council artists and arts organizations. This month in episode 6 of the podcast, we speak with local artist, activist and entrepreneur Najeema Iman.

Love Lansing Like a Local

June 4, 2021

Greater Lansing’s attractions, recreational and entertainment facilities are inviting you to come play this summer.

Arts Council of Greater Lansing Announces $28,789 in Grants

May 11, 2021

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing is pleased to announce 2021 Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) grantfunding totaling $28,789 to be distributed to area artists and arts and cultureorganizations.

Remembering Simone Joyaux--bidding a sad farewell

May 4, 2021

This week we had to bid farewell to a great friend and supporter of the Arts Council. She was an internationally known and well-loved leader in fundraising, board development and donor strategy and well respected in the nonprofit realm. She was also our consultant over the last year and had become a strong, welcome and honest voice in guiding the growth of our organization.

Arts Night Out Goes Off the Map With Kate Snyder, Piper & Gold

May 4, 2021

Welcome to Arts Night Out--Off the Map, a bi-monthly blog series where we share the insights and reflections of past Arts Night Out participants. Arts Night Out may be on a short hiatus, but it is still in everyone’s hearts. So, until we can gather again, we are taking it off the map and bringing it to you in small bites of memories from businesses around town.

Arts Roll Call Episode 5: Masaki Takahashi--Building a Mecca

May 3, 2021

Welcome to Arts Roll Call, the bi-monthly podcast that features Arts Council artists and arts organizations. This month in episode 5 of the podcast, we speak with local poet and founder of The Poetry Room, Masaki Takahashi.

Arts Council of Greater Lansing Announces a Request for Qualifications

April 9, 2021

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing announces a request for qualifications (RFQ) for a new public art project in partnership with Provision Living Senior Communities. The project will be installed at 6350 Abbot Rd. East Lansing, MI 48823. This creation should tie back to the history of the Greater Lansing Area in hopes of providing a pleasant memory to community elders who may reside in our building or who are simply passing by.

Arts Council of Greater Lansing Announces Seventh Annual “Support Young Creatives” Campaign 

March 8, 2021

In celebration of Youth Arts Month, the Arts Council is proud to feature our young creatives on billboards around the region for the month of March. With the support of Adams Outdoor Advertisting, the Arts Council is featuring the work of six talented area youth artists in its seventh annual campaign!

Arts Roll Call Episode 4: Ozay Moore & Anthony Jones-Player--We Are All Students

March 4, 2021

Welcome to episode 4 of Arts Roll Call. In this month's podcast our host, Robin Miner-Swartz spoke with local hip hop artists Ozay Moore and Anthony James-Player from All of the Above Hip Hop Academy.

City of Lansing Announces More Than $42,000 in Arts Project Grants

March 2, 2021

Mayor Andy Schor announced second round of Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Cityof Lansing Arts Project Grants totaling $42,500 were awarded to five local arts and cultural organizations. These grants are funded through the City of Lansing and administered by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing. 

Arts Roll Call Episode 3: Jessy Gregg--Collaboration and Community

January 11, 2021

Welcome to Episode 3 of Arts Roll Call--a podcast for the arts curious. In this episode, host Robin Miner-Swartz and Jessy Greg, discuss Jessy's many roles in the community, including artist, shop owner at Seams Fabric, City of East Lansing Mayor Pro Tem and also sits on the East Lansing' Arts Commission. They also look at the highs and lows of being a store owner during a pandemic, the importance of collaboration and so much more.

City of Lansing and Arts Council Announce $40,000 in Arts Projects Grants

December 20, 2020

The City of Lansing and Arts Council Greater Lansing are proud to announce round-one FY2021 City of Lansing Arts and Culture Arts Projects Grants totaling $40,000 to two local arts and cultural organizations.

Arts Council of Greater Lansing Announces “Art in the Sky” Billboards

December 1, 2020

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing is excited to announce the launch of its 2020/2021 “Art in the Sky” billboards, featuring the work of six Greater Lansing area artists. Now in its 11th year, the billboard program was made possible through a successful collaboration with local business, Adams Outdoor Advertising and multiple partnerships with Arts Council member artists from across the Tri-County region.

Arts Council of Greater Lansing Announces $25,700 in Grants

November 24, 2020

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing announces grant funding totaling $25,700 to be distributed to area artists and arts and culture organizations. Funding support is provided through the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) Minigrant Program, the Arts Council’s Young Creatives and Artists in the Community.

Arts Roll Call Episode 2: Chad Swan-Badgero--Advocacy and Valuing the Arts

November 5, 2020

Welcome to Episode 2 of Arts Roll Call--a podcast for the arts curious. In this episode, host Robin Miner-Swartz and Chad Swan-Badgero, founder and artistic director of Peppermint Creek Theatre Company and arts education program manager for the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, dig deep into the value of the arts, arts advocacy, the theatre community and how it is surviving during COVID, and that's just a few of the highlights. This episodes gets serious and silly, and we hope you love it.

Shop Local. Buy Art

November 3, 2020

Every year around this time, the Arts Council takes the opportunity to remind you all about the importance of shopping local and buying local art, fine crafts and arts experiences during the gift-giving season. This year, supporting our local businesses and our creative sector is especially important. Learn how it benefits us all!

Resch Strategies Awards Leadership Lansing Scholarship to Arts Council of Greater Lansing

September 29, 2020

Arts Council executive director, Meghan Martin, recently received a scholarship from Resch Strategies to attend to Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Lansing initiative, which offers leadership training and experiences to local community leaders.

Work "at" the Arts Council!

September 14, 2020

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing invites you to join our team! We are looking for an administrative assistant. Find more information, including job description and contact information here.

Arts Roll Call Episode 1: Ryan Holmes--More Voices Need To Be Heard

September 4, 2020

Earlier this week, the Arts Council announced our new program Arts Roll Call, a podcast/video cast featuring our members. Meet our guest for Episode 1, Artist Ryan Holmes as he talks about his life as an artist and arts educator in Greater Lansing and what that looks like during these times of change.

Arts Council of Greater Lansing Receives $50,000 in CARES Act Funding From National Endowment for the Arts

July 8, 2020

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) recently announced the nonprofit arts organizations recommended for direct funding through the Corona virus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, and The Arts Council of Greater Lansing is pleased to share that it is one of 855 organizations, and one of 23 in the state of Michigan, to receive $50,000 in relief funding.

Arts Council of Greater Lansing to Receive $10,000 in Funding From the National Endowment for the Arts

June 12, 2020

The National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $84 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2020. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $10,000 to the Arts Council of Greater Lansing for the 2020 Creative Placemaking Summit. This is one of 1,015 grants nation wide that the agency has approved in this category.‍

Shared Voices: Building an Inclusive Space for Our Diverse Community

June 9, 2020

The Arts Council recognizes the wealth of culture in our community, and as a community organization, we deeply value and uphold everyone's right to tell their story and share their history.

Message to Greater Lansing

May 5, 2020

It comes as no surprise to us at the Arts Council of Greater Lansing to see our community facing this challenge with all the grit, strength and creativity it is known for. As we slowly emerge from this crisis, we will be proud of how we stood strong and supported one another.

Pull up a chair. Let’s talk about Arts Night Out

May 4, 2020

Arts Night Out. If you haven't been, it is the perfect alchemy of arts, culture and business. It's a whole lot of fun, but it's also the Arts Council's way of supporting our artists and our awesome Old Town business community. We love to talk about it, so we invite you to pull up a chair and get ready for an Arts Night Out tale.

And Then We Thought...

May 1, 2020

We miss you! We miss you stopping by our office, saying hello and telling us what you've been up to. We miss bumping into you at gallery openings, art shows, craft fairs and exhibitions. We miss seeing you at concerts and plays, dance recitals, poetry readings and open mics. We miss waving at you from across the street, across the restaurant, across the cafes and watering holes. Yep. We miss you. So we hatched an idea.

We've Got You!

March 23, 2020

The times are uncertain, but creativity will get us through! Arts and culture are so important during times like these, and we are very fortunate to have an amazing arts community here in Greater Lansing. You all inspire us so much, and we want you to know that we are here for you--to support you in any way that we can!

Articulate Activators Assemble!

March 9, 2020

We want you to be a part of our amazing advocates for arts and culture! Sign up for our Articulate Activators Network to learn about opportunities to keep art and creativity alive in our region and beyond!

Here's to You!

March 5, 2020

It's been a year of exciting changes and growth at the Arts Council, and you helped us through all of it! We are going and growing strong thanks to all of the support and hard work of our staff, our board and our amazing members and arts community. We truly couldn't have done it without you. Take a look at our Annual Report for a snapshot of all that you helped us accomplish in 2019!

Unique Partnership Blends Coffee and Advocacy in One Cup

March 2, 2020

The Arts Council and Blue Owl Cafes are partnering up to support the arts for Arts Advocacy Month. If you love yourself a latte, a pour over or perhaps a cup of tea and you're also a champion of the arts, then get to your nearest Blue Owl and show your support with your very own "Support the Arts" sticker!

Buy Art, Support Local Artists and Area Young Creatives

March 2, 2020

To celebrate Arts Advocacy Month, the Arts Council is excited to launch its second annual 32 Auction website! Now is your chance to purchase local art and support not only local artists but our area young creatives too! We love this campaign as the proceeds go to our Young Creatives Program and back to the artists as well!

Greater Lansing Youth Artists Celebrated With Billboards

February 28, 2020

The Arts Council's 2020 Support Young Creatives Campaign launches in March with the work of six Lansing-area youth artists whose work will be featured on Adams Outdoor Advertising digital billboards throughout the Greater Lansing region for the entire month. Original artworks were submitted by Greater Lansing area teachers and final pieces were selected based on composition and overall visual elements, including roadside appeal, as well as their combined representation of ages and regions.

City of Lansing Introduces Nearly $160,000 in Arts & Culture Grants

February 21, 2020

Lansing Mayor Andy Schor was joined this afternoon by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing and 2020 City of Lansing Arts & Culture Grant awardees. The group gathered beneath the Shiawassee Bridge in Rotary Park to announce $157,500 in 2020 Arts & Culture Grants.

Arts Council of Greater Lansing Appoints Meghan Martin as Executive Director

February 5, 2020

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing’s board of directors appoints Meghan Martin as executive director. Martin served as interim executive director since May 2019 and steps into her permanent role as the organization's leader effective immediately.

"It's What's on the Inside" an Exhibition by Kelly Hansen

December 23, 2019

Kelly Hansen is a graphic designer, museum exhibit designer and painter. She believes that the creative process is therapeutic and enjoys experimenting with color, texture and a variety of mediums. In this exhibition, she uses acrylic paint on canvas to explore the relationship between a person’s outer appearance and their inner story.

"Love is a Moving Story" an Exhibition by Claude Johnson-Perry

December 10, 2019

Claude Johnson-Perry has loved making art since he was a child watching Bob Ross on TV. He loves making colorful work that inspires people to think about their own lives, love and dreams. His work will be on display at the Arts Council for the month of January.

Call to Greater Lansing Teachers for Youth Art

December 6, 2019

Calling all Greater Lansing teachers. The Arts Council is accepting applications for our 2020 Support Young Creatives Billboard campaign and art exhibition! Deadline for submissions is Feb. 3, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Don't miss this great opportunity to showcase your student's work! Support Young Creatives!

"Sticks and Stones: a Celebration of Nature" an Exhibition by Sarah Hillman

November 25, 2019

Lansing-based multi-media artist Sarah Hillman was born in Cape Town, South Africa, raised in Windhoek, Namibia, and moved permanently to Michigan after graduating high school. Her work is a celebration and reflection of the things she is passionate about and tell a story of meaningful moments in people's lives. Sarah works in a variety of mediums, including watercolor, digital painting, ceramic sculpture and ‘rock art.’

City of Lansing Arts Impact Project Call for Proposals

November 18, 2019

Come pitch your project for the Arts Council of Greater Lansing and the City of Lansing's 2020 Arts Impact Project. The chosen project will receive an award of $75,000 for the development of a permanent creative structure that enhances a neighborhood's appearance and kindles community engagement in the City of Lansing.

Seeking Artists: 2020 Member Exhibit Wall -- January - June Exhibitions

October 2, 2019

Call to Arts Council Artist Members! The Arts Council is seeking Artists for its Exhibit Wall for January - June 2019. Submit your application.

"It Started With a Gecko" an Exhibition by Wendy Shaft

September 24, 2019

Wendy is an accomplished printmaker who has been making art for more than 40 years. She works in relief printmaking as well as surface design and dye-painted textiles and has printed chap books, posters and broadsides as well.

"I'd Rather be Painting" an Exhibition by Nancy Aitcheson

September 6, 2019

Nancy Aitcheson began painting as a young adult and works in oils and watercolor. She is inspired by still life, landscapes and people in everyday situations, and strives for interesting composition, and a colorful, loose approach to her pieces.

Announcing Call for 2019 Applause Awards Nominations

August 30, 2019

The Arts Council is currently accepting nominations for the annual Applause Awards, which recognize members and organizations in the community for their work in supporting, promoting and furthering the arts in our Greater Lansing region. Nominate someone today! Deadline is Monday, Oct. 14, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

Winds of Change--New Growth and New Roles at the Arts Council

August 1, 2019

It is no secret that change has been in the air at the Arts Council over the last few months. We are very excited to announce that Taylor Rupp is stepping into a new role as we continue to move our organization forward in new directions.

"Flights of Fancy" an Exhibition by Sarah Surface Evans

July 29, 2019

Sarah Surface Evans is a life-long lover of art and creativiety. She paints and draws daily and especially loves working with India ink and watercolor.

"Contrasts" an Exhibition by Matt Mulford

June 24, 2019

Matt Mulford is a Lansing-area artist who works in a variety of mediums and subject matters. He is a co-owner of Peculiar Perspectives Studio & Gallery in Williamston and owner of Mulford Arts.

Call to Artists: "City Pulse" Seeks Artists for 2019 "Summer of Art" Cover Series Copy

May 31, 2019

"City Pulse" and the Arts Council of Greater Lansing announce the 2019 Summer of Art cover series call to artists and application guidelines.

A Few Words From Debbie--The Times, They Are a Changing!

May 13, 2019

Changing times, strategic growth, new directions and new paths. Spring is bringing a great deal of change to the Arts Council, including a passing of the baton, as executive director Debbie Mikula annouces her new position in the community and the new interim Arts Council executive director.

"Nature's Tapestry" an Exhibition by Christine Beals

May 1, 2019

Christine Beals is a local artist whose work is inspired by geometric shapes, quilt patterns and the beauty of nature. Her work will be on display at the Arts Council for the month of June and an opening reception will take place on June 7 from 5-7 p.m. at the Arts Council. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.