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Three Public Art Sculptures to be Constructed in the Lansing Region

Tuesday, January 7, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Three Public Art Sculptures to be Constructed in the Lansing Region

LEAP’s Public Art for Communities Program asks for RFPs from Communities looking add

Placemaking Improvements

LANSING, MI – As two beautiful pieces of public art are unveiled in our region through the LEAP Public Art for Communities grant program and three more communities are in the process of working with artists to complete theirs, LEAP has opened the Request for Proposals process to fund three more pieces of public art to three additional communities. Municipalities throughout the region are asked to submit proposals to the LEAP by February 14, 2014 to be considered.

Starting in 2012, the LEAP Public Art for Communities placemaking program has asked for communities to put in place a Public Art Policy as well as appoint an arts committee to review potential funding opportunities or art programs on behalf of the community. After the communities have their policies in place, the communities are asked to identify a key, central, public location that is highly visible or recognizable to a significant and regular flow of foot and car traffic. The location of the piece must greatly enhance the image of the specific, strategic place within the community, making it more likely to retain and attract business and talent to that area.

The LEAP Placemaking committee will consider each application and three communities will be chosen for $10,000 grants. If selected, the community will then go on to identify an artist that can bring their visions to life. The policy guideline template and the RFP can both be found at

Awards will be given out in February at a dedication ceremony with the expectation of the installations being complete by October 31, 2014.

"This project is designed to strengthen economic development efforts in our region by enhancing the sense of place for residents, businesses and visitors through public art. We are looking forward to reviewing the responses to the RFP and making the awards to the communities later this fall,” said Julie Pingston, Placemaking workgroup co-chair.

"Public art and placemaking is very important to building a region that retains and attracts good paying jobs,” said Bob Trezise, President and CEO of LEAP. "This definitely translates to the private sector more strongly considering investment and job creation.”

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For Release on Social Media: @LEAPInc asks for RFPs from communities for funding for public art placement. More info at #lovelansing

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

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