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Arts Council Billboards Feature Lansing Youth Art

Monday, March 5, 2018  
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MSUFCU, Adams Outdoor and Jackson Help Support Young Creatives
March is Youth Art Month, and in celebration of the incredible young talent in the Capital Region, the Arts Council of Greater Lansing will feature the work of ten Lansing-area youth artists on digital billboards around Greater Lansing.
 
Launched in 1961, Youth Art Month is a national program, which emphasizes the importance of the role of the arts in a child’s education and why all children deserve to have a quality arts education program included in their school curriculum.
 
As part of our arts advocacy work, we have teamed up with Adams Outdoor Advertising, Michigan State University Federal Credit Union and Jackson National Life to present our “Support Young Creatives” Billboard Project and advocacy campaign. Adams, MSUFCU and Jackson National are longtime supporters of the arts in our region, and their generous sponsorship helps make this project a reality for our young artists.
 
The billboards feature the works of the following young creatives:
  • Camiyah Dorris, 2nd grade, Forest View Elementary (Lansing School District, teacher: Amy Miros)
  • Nina Cayo, 3rd grade, Oakview South Elementary (St. Johns Public Schools, teacher: Ann Den Herder)
  • Brooke Bewley, 3rd grade, St. Martha’s School (Okemos, teacher: Elizabeth Wylegala)
  • Lillian Smith, 4th grade, St. Michael Parish School (Grand Ledge, teacher: Katie Kreager)
  • Derek Marquez, 5th grade, Cole Academy, (Cole Academy Public School, teacher: Layna Lesnau)
  • Arianna Good, 8th grade, Charlotte Middle School (Charlotte School District, teacher: Michaelle Converse)
  • Megan Janecke, 10th grade, Williamston High School, (Williamston Public Schools, teacher: Meagan Kubu)
  • Grace Fowler, 11th grade, Ovid-Elsie High School (Ovid-Elsie Public Schools, teacher: Laura Weber-Gajewski)
  • Sophie Rutkowski, 11th grade, East Lansing High School (East Lansing Public Schools, teacher: Robin Remersaenz)
  • Paulina Hoffman, 12th grade, East Lansing High School (East Lansing Public Schools, teacher: Jaime Valente)

All of the works were submitted by Greater Lansing area teachers and final pieces were selected based on composition and overall visual elements, including roadside appeal, as well as their combined representation of ages and regions.

“The Arts Council is so pleased to support young creatives in our area through our Young Creatives Program,” says Deborah E. Mikula, Arts Council executive director. “We are grateful to Adams Outdoor Advertising, MSUFCU and Jackson National for supporting this project that puts a focus on the importance of arts education and builds pride, confidence and admiration for the arts in our young people.”
 
All 10 youth billboards will be playing on different digital billboards around the Tri-County Region, during the month of March. An exhibition and opening reception will be held during Arts Night Out on March 2, 2018, and will feature original billboard art and works by other youth artists. The reception runs from 5-8 p.m. at the Arts Council and the exhibition will run through the end of March. To view all of the youth billboards, visit our website at lansingarts.org.
 
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 www.lansingarts.org.

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