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LEAP Awards $30,000 to Three Communities for the Placement of Public Art

Tuesday, April 15, 2014   (0 Comments)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 15, 2014

CONTACT: Sara Graham, LEAP
(517) 702-3387 x 209 office

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LEAP Awards $30,000 to Three Communities for the Placement of Public Art

Eight New Sculptures will exist throughout our community as part of this project

LANSING, MI – LEAP announced today, that three more communities will be added to the growing list of municipalities participating in the LEAP Public Art for Communities grant program. The three communities that will receive funding are the City of East Lansing, Delta Township and Delhi Township. A total of eight communities have now each received $10,000 in LEAP grant funding to place public sculpture in strategic locations with visibility and potential business growth.

Each community that applies for the LEAP funding is required to adopt a public art policy. The policies address issues like insurance and liability, maintenance and the formation of an arts committee to work with artists and art pieces representing the community. Thus far, the City of Mason, DeWitt Township, City of DeWitt, City of St. Johns and Meridian Township have received funding for the placement of art. Both the City of Mason and DeWitt Township unveiled their sculptures in the fall of 2013 and the next three communities will be unveiling their pieces in late Spring 2014.

The grantees announced today will have until October 31, 2014 to structure their programs, release their RFP for local artists and construct and place their sculpture. Each of the communities have chosen the locations based on their own placemaking initiatives, taking into consideration traffic patterns, both pedestrian and vehicular as well as the business case for attracting talent to their communities.

Steve Curran, President and Creative Director for Harvest Creative Services and Co-Chair of the LEAP Placemaking committee speaks to the high level of applicants. “Every year, this process becomes more difficult. We are encouraging these communities to think about the big picture, when it comes to arts and culture, and they are definitely bringing these grand visions to the table in their proposals.”

“Public art and a strong arts and culture presence, in the Lansing region, represents a shift from our Michigan rust-belt image and will be a vital issue into the future as local companies attempt to keep and attract global talent and their families to our region and state,” added Bob Trezise, President and CEO of LEAP. “These pieces of art are not small and most are 15-17 feet tall and potentially represent that the Lansing region is a sophisticated environment for living, creating, and investing.”

The Public Art for Communities press conference will take place today, April 15th at 9:00 a.m. at LEAP in Lansing (1000 South Washington Avenue, Suite 201, Lansing, MI 48910).

 

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The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) is a coalition of area leaders committed to building a prosperous and vibrant region where business can thrive. To do this, we help entrepreneurs start new businesses, help existing businesses grow, and attract new businesses to the region. For more information about LEAP, please visit www.purelansing.com.


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