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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.

Arts Council Announces 2019 Grant Recipients

April 16, 2019

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing proudly announces grant funding totaling more than $142,000 that was distributed to area artists and arts organizations in the Capital region.

"Found Cartoons" an Exhibition by DANIEL J. HOGAN

April 5, 2019

Daniel J. Hogan is a Lansing cartoonist who works with inks and watercolors, and makes digital art as well. His focus is creating humorous illustrations that get a smile or a chuckle out of the viewer. His exhibition will be on display at the Arts Council through the month of May!

"Gertie Lives on Ginkgo Street: Our Story Begins" an Exhibition by Marissa Tawney Thaler

April 5, 2019

Marissa Tawney Thaler is a visual artist living in Lansing, Mich. She holds a BFA from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, where she studied Art Education and Illustration. Marissa’s work, often narrative in nature, uses primarily drawing media to achieve a “bittersweet aesthetic.” Often working in series, she aims to find the lighthearted side of struggles and moments of connection in everyday happenings.

Announcing Arts Night Out Afterglo!

March 29, 2019

Calling All Karaoke Aficionados and Friends! The Arts Council of Greater Lansing is pleased to announce Arts Night out Afterglo at UrbanBeat in Old Town! Join us as we present our first ever karaoke contest and afterglo party following Arts Night Out!

Seeking Artists: 2019 Member Exhibit Wall -- July - Dec Exhibitions

March 25, 2019

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

Arts Council “Support Young Creatives” Billboards Feature Youth Art

March 1, 2019

Each year during the month of March, the Arts Council Celebrates Youth Art Month with their "Support Young Creatives" billboard campaign and art exhibition. Youth Arts Month was launched in 1961 and emphasizes the important role of the arts in a child’s education and why all children deserve to have a quality arts education program included in their school curriculum. The Young Creatives Billboards and Exhibition will run through the end of March.

ARTiculate...Raise Your Voice in Support of the Arts

February 13, 2019

Throughout the entire month of March, the Arts Council's devotes its time toward advocating for the arts, planning at least 30 scheduled visits to municipal and school board meetings around the Tri-Counties. We invite you to join us and ARTiculate...raise your voice in support of the arts.

"Glass Shapes and Sounds" an Exhibition by Janice Hirokima

February 8, 2019

When creating her glass-scapes, Janice draws on her appreciation of the forms, motion and contrasts of the natural world. She expresses her creativity by combining assorted colors and handmade streaks and highlights of opaque, transparent and iridized glass, arranged in combinations using a genre she coined "Kinetic Balance." Her goal is to provide the viewer with a realm of order and calm that stands in contrast to the chaos of the external world.

Arts Council Introduces 2019-2021 Strategic Plan

January 23, 2019

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing is pleased to announce the release of its 2019-2021 Strategic Plan. The new three-year plan provides focus and guides the organization toward new goals, relationships and growth for the region.

City of Lansing Introduces $140,000 in First Impressions Program Grants

January 15, 2019

Lansing Mayor Andy Schor was joined this morning by the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP), the Arts Council of Greater Lansing and 2019 First Impressions grant awardees at the Michigan Institute of Contemporary Art to announce $140,000 in 2019 First Impressions program grants.

"All That is Color," an Exhibition by Svitlana Martynjuk

January 4, 2019

Svitlana Martynjuk's work is inspired by abstract expressionism movement. She allows her experiences to influence much of her work and believes that each viewer discovers their own interpretation based on their internal state and environment. Her goal is to bring an abundance of joyful and calm feelings, as well as to help the viewer see the world through her eyes... to feel the emotions that are born in the painting process.

"La Fraschetta del Borgo" -- An Exhibition by Joseph Yarbrough

December 7, 2018

Our October exhibition is "La Fraschetta del Borgo" by Joseph Yarbrough. This exhibition is a collection of images from Rome, Italy, especially Ostia, that tell a story of the people, the places and experiences through Joseph's perspective.

Arts Council Announces 2018 Applause Award Recipients

December 5, 2018

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing presented six awardees with Applause Awards at its 39th annual Holiday Glitter event held at the University Club of Michigan State University on Dec. 4, 2018. Awards were presented in the following categories: Creative Community, Business Leadership, Arts and Cultural Organization, Arts Educator, Individual Artist and Individual Leadership.

Arts Council of Greater Lansing Announces 2018/2019 Artist Billboards

November 26, 2018

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing, in partnership with Adams Outdoor Advertising, is excited to announce its ninth year of “Art in the Sky” billboards, featuring the work of 10 Greater Lansing area artists.

"Global Expressions" An Exhibition by the Greater Lansing Global Community

October 25, 2018

The Arts Council presents "Global Expressions," an exhibition by Greater Lansing area immigrant, refugee and global-student population. This exhibition features the work of 11 area artists and will be on display through the month of November with an opening reception to be held on Nov. 2, 2018 from 5-8 p.m. during Arts Night Out in Old Town.

Announcing the Arts Council of Greater Lansing's 2018 Applause Awards Nomination Application!

October 8, 2018

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 Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

Seeking Artists: 2019 Member Exhibit Wall -- January - June Exhibitions

October 8, 2018

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

Arts Council Launches "Creative 517" CED Plan

October 5, 2018

Nearly a year in the making, the Cultural Economic Development Plan (CED Plan) was revealed to an audience of nearly 300 people at the Arts Council's Creative Placemaking Summit on Oct. 4, 2018.

City of Lansing First Impressions Arts Impact Project Call to Artists and Details

October 1, 2018

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing, in partnership the Lansing Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) is pleased to announce the City of Lansing's Arts Impact Project. This annual project awards $75,000 for the development of a permanent creative installation that enhances a neighborhood's appearance and kindles community engagement in the City of Lansing.

Arts Council Announces Slate of New Board Members for FY2019

September 24, 2018

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to its board of directors and re-election of two incumbents for FY2019.

"Features of Michigan" an Exhibition by Angela Hamilton

September 10, 2018

Our October exhibition is "Features of Michigan" by Angela Hamilton. Angela is an award-winning plein air artist who has a great appreciation and reverence for Michigan wildlife and scenery, which she expresses in her work.

"Preston Penwork, 2018" an Exhibition by Dennis Preston

September 4, 2018

Our September exhibition is "Preston Penwork, 2018" by Dennis Preston. Dennis Preston is an illustrator, artist and teacher working in Greater Lansing. Most of the pieces in this show are entirely new works--sometimes edgy or odd--sometimes funny and entertaining and offer much for the eye to take in and the mind to ponder.

Communications and Connections: a New Perspective--By Nick Perialis

August 6, 2018

Nick Perialis spent the summer learning the ins and outs of public relations and communications while growing his writing skills for publication. Follow along as he shares his experience as an Arts Council PR intern.