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Arts Council Launches Youth Mentorship Program

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.

March 20, 2023

Arts Council Announces MACC Round-2 Minigrant Awardees

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.

March 14, 2023

Arts Council 2023 Young Creatives Billboards Launch

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.

March 7, 2023

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

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.

February 28, 2023

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

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.

January 2, 2023

Arts Council of Greater Lansing Announces FY2023 Grant Recipients

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.

November 10, 2022

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

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.

November 3, 2022

Arts Roll Call Episode 14: Metro Melik Loving Lansing

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.

October 31, 2022

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

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!

October 18, 2022

Arts Council Reinvents Annual Creative Placemaking Summit

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.

October 3, 2022

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

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.

September 13, 2022

We're Hiring! Work at the Arts Council

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.

September 1, 2022

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

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.

August 31, 2022

Donor Highlight--Rachel Elsinga

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.

August 26, 2022

Donor Highlight--Steph Joy Hogan: Art is Connection

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.

June 28, 2022

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

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.

June 28, 2022

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

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.

June 10, 2022

GRIT Grant Workshops and Assitance Help You Suceed!

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.

May 6, 2022

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

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.

May 6, 2022

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

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.

May 4, 2022

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

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.

April 25, 2022

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

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.

March 10, 2022

Sue Mills: Supporting the Arts From the Ground Up

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.

March 3, 2022

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

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.

March 2, 2022

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

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.

February 9, 2022

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

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.

January 5, 2022