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City of Lansing Announces “Sense of Place” Arts & Culture Grant Awards

Wednesday, October 29, 2014   (0 Comments)
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City of Lansing Announces “Sense of Place” Arts & Culture Grant Awards

Five local organizations will receive funding to support the arts

LANSING, MI – This morning at the Sense of Place in the Arts event, the City of Lansing awarded five local arts and cultural organizations with grant funding totaling $120,000. The funding will go towards funding public programs that enhance the city’s placemaking efforts. The Sense of Place in the Arts program is administered by the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) and the Arts Council of Greater Lansing.

The purpose of the Sense of Place in the Arts Program is to reward organizations that are building a sense of place related to arts and culture in the City of Lansing. The program will allow these organizations the opportunity to creatively design physical improvements and attractions that increase the visibility, access and celebration of the arts to customers, clients and the public while impacting the creation of “sense of place” in the city.  Grant awards ranging from $5,000 - $75,000 have been made available for building a sense of place in the arts supporting excellence in a wide range of artistic and cultural disciplines. 

“Promoting and enhancing arts and culture is part and parcel of our efforts to attract and retain talent by creating vibrant community spaces and activities – what economic developers call ‘sense of place’,” Mayor Bernero said.  “We know that the arts are a vital ingredient in the redevelopment and revitalization of the city and region and today’s grant awards will support those efforts.”

The grantees awarded were:

Lansing Art Gallery will implement Project Pop Up which will include activities to activate unexpected public or private spaces with a changing rotation of artful experiences;

Michigan Energy Options will begin Healthy and Green for Everyone: Bike Rack Art  a program that will install metal sculpture bike rack and repair stations throughout Ingham County Health Center locations in South Lansing;

R.E. Olds Transportation Museum will begin the Community Heart of REO mural project to be mounted in the historic REO Township district;

Lansing Symphony Orchestra will create a program infusing the orchestra within the downtown;

Old Town Commercial Association will expand the Scrapfest event to include events geared towards youth by connecting with local partners and artists;

“We believe that placemaking has a strong impact on economic development,” said Bob Trezise, President and CEO of LEAP. “As we work to develop and revitalize the City and community through economic development projects, we strive to support arts and culture and placemaking enhancements.”

“The Arts Council is pleased to work with the City of Lansing and LEAP in supporting arts and culture as a basis for quality of life, arts education and economic development within Lansing,” said Deborah E. Mikula, Executive Director of the Arts Council of Greater Lansing. “Through these exciting and visible projects, Lansing residents will have access to high quality arts programs and educational opportunities.”


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