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Arts Council of Greater Lansing receives $31,000 grant

Tuesday, August 1, 2017  
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Our Community Foundation Funds Cultural Economic Development Plan

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing is proud to announce the renewal of the Cultural Economic Development (CED) Plan through a $31,000 Our Community Foundation grant and matched one-to-one match by community partners. In total, the $62,000 will be earmarked to create a new CED Plan for 2019-2023. The five-year plan will incorporate new thinking and ideas from the arts and culture sector, community stakeholders and the general public and will build off the successful ten-year 2008-2018 CED Plan.

“Cultural economic development happens when you bring the areas of arts and culture and economic development together and is integral to building a robust arts and cultural community,” said Deborah E. Mikula, Arts Council executive director. The plan’s goal is to drive economic growth and community revitalization by building and supporting the arts and cultural sector. “This plan will help us harness resources, encourage entrepreneurship and create placemaking opportunities,” Mikula said. “We are extremely grateful to Our Community Foundation for their strong support and commitment to the arts.”

The plan will cover Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties and will involve extensive community engagement and research, focus groups, a public forum and more. The first step in the process is to convene local partners to comprise a steering committee to oversee the plan. The group, which includes representation from Michigan State University, Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau, City of East Lansing, City of Lansing, Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP), Capital Area Transportation Association (CATA), Greater Lansing Regional Prosperity Initiative—Tri-County Planning Commission and Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, will begin meeting in August of this year.   

The group will meet several times over the next few months to interview and select a national consultant. The consultant will lead them in development of a plan, which will encompass a vision to change negative and ambivalent perceptions of local aesthetics and cultural offerings; it will also work to create a renewed spirit of entrepreneurialism, helping to retain existing small businesses, attract new investment and encourage start-up businesses, thereby increasing overall employment opportunities and tax revenues for the region.

Founded in 1965, the Arts Council of Greater Lansing exists to support, strengthen and promote arts, culture and creativity in the capital region. For more information, visit



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