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 resources from around the country. In an effort to keep the conversation going with our area artists, we have produced a small publication that highlights key findings from each of the workshops. If you weren't able to make any of the sessions, we hope you'll enjoy this .pdf version featuring the artwork of Laura Gajewski. Immediately after our workshops were completed, we were also awarded $2,500 in additional funding from Mid-MEAC and the Tri-County Planning Commission, and in a very short span of time created a robust website – appropriately titled “517 Creative Spaces”. We wanted to create a web presence that would highlight what we learned, link to resources that were shared, and allow us to keep adding more content and links as we find them. 517creativespaces.org is still “under construction,” but we wanted you to be the first to visit our new resource and give us your feedback. Perhaps someday, the conversation will turn to reality, and we will be able to highlight and share our own local story of an Artist Live/Work space in the Greater Lansing region. Our website will be the perfect place to do just that.
Deborah E. Mikula