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Announcing $140,000 in First Impressions Grants to Greater Lansing Arts Organizations

On Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, the Arts Council joined Lansing Mayor Andy Schor, LEAP and more than 10 area arts organizations to announce $140,000 in 2018 First Impressions grants.

February 21, 2018

Voice Your Support for the Arts! March is Arts Council Advocacy Month

For the past 52 years, the Arts Council has been a strong advocate for arts, culture and creativity in the Tri-Counties. We have taken a stand on arts in the schools, percent-for-art programs, the value and importance of the arts, funding on a national, statewide and local basis, diversity and inclusion, and so much more. We invite you to join us a spokesperson for the arts during the month of March, and voice your support for the arts!

February 13, 2018

A Few Words From Debbie--News and Updates From the Executive Director

As the new year begins, so begins our process of creating a new strategic plan to help us envision a stronger, more creative region and organization. Read how we plan to move forward in this process and what some of our hopes are for goals and outcomes.

February 1, 2018

Indigenous People, an Illustration

The Arts Council is pleased to present this exhibition by Nevin Speerbrecker. Nevin uses pencil and marker to create this collection of representations of indigenous people and wildlife from North America and across the globe.

January 19, 2018

Arts Council Announces Young Creatives Billboard Project: Open to All Tri-County Educators and Their Students

In celebration of Youth Art Month, the Arts Council is pleased to announce its "Support Young Creatives" campaign and Young Creatives Billboard Project. Arts educatiors in the Greater Lansing Tri-County Region are invited to submit artwork from students ages K-12.

January 18, 2018

How Can We Best Serve You? We Want to Know!

In what ways can the Arts Council best serve you as an artist, a community member, a business owner, an entrepreneur...? Take our short survey today! (Psst, you could win a $50 Visa gift card.)

January 5, 2018

Join the Circle of Giving--A Letter From the Arts Council of Greater Lansing's Executive Director and Board President

Your donation to the Arts Council helps us support artists, arts organizations, arts projects, arts education and so much more. As you plan your year-end giving, please consider joining our Circle of Giving.

December 21, 2017

Stephanie Joy Hogan Exhibition "Unknown Universe" to Open at the Arts Council on Jan. 12, 2018

The Arts Council is pleased to present an exhibition by artist Stephanie Joy Hogan. Working primarily with acrylic paint, inks, and paper ephemera Hogan intuitively creates semi-abstract paintings, often including illustrative details inspired by colors and shapes that are developed through layers and layers of experimentation.

December 20, 2017

Arts Council Offers Free WordPress Website-Building Workshop in 2018

The Arts Council is pleased to present this free smARTS website-building workshop to its dues-paying members. Lansing blogger and cartoonist Daniel J. Hogan ( and will share steps to easily create an artist website using the content management system, WordPress.

December 20, 2017

“Portrait of a Dreamer” a Must–See Attraction in Downtown Lansing $75,000 City of Lansing Arts Impact Project Provides for Immersive Sculpture Downtown

The 15 foot-tall sculpture, called "Portrait of a Dreamer," is composed entirely of stainless steel and overlooks Museum Drive from Michigan Avenue. "Portrait of a Dreamer" is not just substantial in stature but is also interactive and illuminated. Artist Ivan Iler describes the piece as one that visualizes the flow of ideas transpiring within Lansing’s cultural district.

December 12, 2017

Public Invited to Help Design Proposed Outdoor Amphitheater at Adado Riverfront Park

A series of public meetings will be held to engage the Lansing community in designing a new, permanent outdoor amphitheater at Adado Riverfront Park. Over the course of two days, the core project team and community stakeholders will meet to create design concepts for the proposed stage and surrounding environs.

December 11, 2017

A FEW WORDS FROM DEBBIE--Let the Holidays Begin

A time of celebration and awards is just around the corner, and we hope you will join us!

November 2, 2017

Thom VerWys Exhibition "November Winds" Opens

Arts Council presents member artist Thom VerWys exhibition "November Winds."

October 31, 2017

Arts Council Receives $10,000 Grant From Jackson National Life--Funds to Support Young Creatives Program

Jackson National Life Insurance Company® recently announced a $10,000 grant to support the Arts Council of Greater Lansing’s Young Creatives Program.

October 31, 2017

A Few Words From Debbie--Our Guiding Principals and Beliefs

With a strong mission and vision already guiding the Arts Council, it was time to develop a robust and deep-rooted set of guiding principles and beliefs.

October 4, 2017

LRCC and Arts Council Host Twitter Chat!

The Arts Council is excited to invite you to the Create Place Twitter

September 6, 2017

Get on the Bus for ArtPrize!

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing is pleased to announce that we are once again partnering with the University Club of MSU for its second annual bus excursion to Grands Rapids' spectacular, international art event, ArtPrize...

September 6, 2017

MCACA to Announce FY18 Grant Awards

Mark your calendars and join MCACA for this special event! The day will include the announcement of the Fiscal Year 2018 funding awards

August 25, 2017

Announcing Anita Brett Exhibition "Beautiful"

Join us and Anita at the Arts Council for an opening reception during September Arts Night Out in Old Town! Meet Anita and talk to her about her work. Light refreshments will be served.

August 25, 2017

Call for Artists - #LoveLansing Billboard Project

Show us what you love about Lansing! Create a #LoveLansing original art work and see it on a billboard!

August 2, 2017

Under the Bridge and Placemaking

I am a believer that a place is made special by utilizing the arts as a driving force for change, improvement and revitalization.

July 5, 2017

Melissa Eggleston Exhibition, "In a Flash"

Melissa Eggleston is a neo-naturalist artist working out of her open studio in Bath, Michigan.

June 30, 2017

The Important Role of the NEA

For the past few months, our attention has been directed at advocating for the continuation of national arts funding.

June 6, 2017

Mary Ablao Exhibition: "Small but Mighty"

Born in Seattle, Mary spent summers on the West Coast for years and gave way to a living sense that life is an adventure.

May 22, 2017

Call to Artists: City Pulse Seeks Artists to Submit Cover Art

"Summer of Art" program will feature original art by area artists on the cover of City Pulse each week beginning June 14.

May 10, 2017

Placemaking in Bloom!

Planning is in full bloom for the Creative Placemaking Summit that will be taking place on October 11, 2017 at the Lansing Center.

May 3, 2017

It's Time for a Creative Exchange!

This exciting new event will serve as an annual platform to convene artists, arts organizations and others.

May 2, 2017

The Arts Council Presents Justin Troisi's "Visual Analogy"

Justin Troisi is a fine art painter and sculptor inspired by patterns and textures found in nature.

May 1, 2017

Arts Matter Lansing--A Story of Art and Advocacy

A Story of Art and Advocacy by Jessica Carter, Arts Council intern Art has always been an integral part of my life. My father taught music at a public high school for over thirty years.

April 4, 2017

Saralee Howard: Expressive Artscapes

"Expressive Artscapes" an Exhibition by Saralee Howard Exhibit and Opening Reception April 7, 2017 The Arts Council is pleased to present "Expressive Artscapes" by Saralee Howard.

March 27, 2017

A Few Words From Debbie--Supporting the Arts

It always gives me great pleasure to highlight the work of our national service organization – Americans for the Arts.

March 2, 2017

A Few Words From Debbie--Taking a Stand

Taking a Stand, Affecting Change For the past 51 years, the Arts Council has been a strong advocate for arts, culture and creativity in the tri-counties.

February 2, 2017

Artist-in-Residence Program Launches for 2016-2017 School Year

Program Meets With Continued Growth and Success

February 2, 2017

A Few Words From Debbie--Past, Present, Future...

Happy New Year! January is such an exciting time of year at the Arts Council, as it kicks off our new membership season!

January 4, 2017

"Shadow Sides" an Exhibit by Jessica Kovan

Explores Light and Dark, Brightness and Shadows Meet our December/January artist of the month, Jessica Kovan.

January 2, 2017

A Few Words From Debbie--Bidding Farewell

Bad news first....after a little over two years with the Arts Council, it is time to say a fond farewell to Josh Holliday, our extraordinary program manager.

November 29, 2016

A Few Words From Debbie--Your Lansing, Our Lansing

We’ve had a rather full calendar for the past month and are still basking in the glow from the Creative Placemaking Summit at the beginning of October.

November 2, 2016

Join Us for Our November smARTS Workshop with Ellen RoseWall

It's no secret that the live arts are experiencing uncertainty in the 21st century.

October 31, 2016

Artist's Colorful Trees Arrive Just in Time for Fall

Tracie Davis "Trees of Life" Exhibit Opens Nov. 4

October 28, 2016

A Year of Accomplishments in 2016--Reflections on an Exciting Fiscal Year

With the closing of our fiscal year as of Sept.30, it is amazing to reflect on the accomplishments that have taken place.

October 5, 2016

A Growing Organization and a Growing Board

A Growing Organization and a Growing Board Announcing Board Changes and New Members!

October 4, 2016

Juanita Baldwin "Pictoral Conversations" Exhibit

"Pictoral Conversations" An Exhibit by Juanita Baldwin Artist Bio Juanita Baldwin is an artist who expresses her creativity through multimedia painting and fine art photography.

September 26, 2016

A Few Words From Debbie--Portrait of an Artist

If it weren’t for those individuals that exude creativity and artistic talent wherever they go, our organization would have little reason to exist.

September 1, 2016

Young Creatives Program Receives Jackson National Grant

JNCF Awards $4,750 to Arts Council's Youth Program

August 31, 2016

Ruth Egnater "Favorite Things"

A Collection of Prints Infused With Nature and Humor

August 29, 2016

A Few Words From Debbie--Placemaking Summit 2016 is on Its Way!

Placemaking Summit 2016 on Its Way!

August 3, 2016

All Aboard for ArtPrize--Get On the Bus for An ArtVenture

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing is excited to partner with the University Club MSU for an exciting road trip to Grands Rapids spectacular, international art event, ArtPrize.

August 2, 2016

A Few Words From Debbie--It's All About the People

It is always about the people. Our community is vibrant and thriving because of the spirited, passionate and creative souls who make up the arts environment here in greater Lansing.

June 30, 2016

"Dreams and Schemes and Flying Machines" an Exhibit by Pamela Wilburn

Exhibiting Artist Artist Bio Pamela Wilburn has been a commercial artist and an art teacher in both the private and public school setting.

June 16, 2016

The P.O.W.E.R. of Happiness Can be Yours

Join us for this P.O.W.E.R. full smARTS session with Jane Aldrich

June 9, 2016

A Few Words From Debbie--From Invention to Reinvention

The Arts Council is in a mode of reinvention.

May 31, 2016

Meet Ivan Iler--Multi-talented Artist and Engineer

Introducing Ivan! Last month we announced that Ivan Iler's propsal was chosen for the Museum Drive Sense of Place Arts Impact Project.

May 23, 2016

Aesthetic Forms Above and Below the Water: An Exhibit by Bobbi Kilty

An Exhibit by Bobbi Kilty On Display at Arts Council Greater Lansing

May 23, 2016

Abby Deneau -- Plates a Plenty Exhibit Opening

Pottery Exhibit on Display for May

May 3, 2016

A Few Words From Debbie--Community and Collaboration--This is Arts Night Out

One of the primary goals of the Arts Council encompasses collaboration.

April 6, 2016

Weaving a Tapestry--Building a City One Word at a Time

Last October the Arts Council held its first Creative Placemaking Summit, and some amazing things happened.

March 31, 2016

Julian Van Dyke: Things Around My City

Things Around My City An Exhibit by Julian Van Dyke

March 25, 2016

Arts Council Billboards Feature Lansing Youth

Arts Council Billboards Feature Lansing Youth Art MSUFCU and Adams Outdoor Help Support Youth Art Month

March 4, 2016

A Few Words From Debbie--Support Young Creatives

Have you heard? March is National Youth Arts Month!

March 2, 2016

Ten Billboards to Feature Lansing Youth Art

Youth Art Month Focuses on Supporting Young Creatives.

February 29, 2016

A Few Words From Debbie--Committees Time and Wisdom, Invaluable

To be involved so deeply in making our community a better place to live, work and visit is what makes the Arts Council tick!

February 1, 2016

Catherine Tonning-Popowich "Out on a Limb"

Announcing February Artist-Member Exhibit

February 1, 2016

Artists-in-Residence Rockin' Art!

More than 500 Students Benefit From New Program!

January 27, 2016

A Few Words From Debbie--A Foundation of Passion and Enthusiasm

A close friend and colleague often tells me, “Your passion is showing!”

January 6, 2016

Ingham County Hotel/Motel Grants Available

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing is pleased to announce a grant opportunity for non-profit organizations located in Ingham County.

January 4, 2016

Britta Urness Exhibit "Indirect Messaging"

Announcing January Artist-Member Exhibit.

January 4, 2016

A Few Words From Debbie and the Team

Gratitude and greetings to our supporters

December 9, 2015

Artist Billboards Take to the Skies!

Artist Billboard Sightings Have Begun For the last several months we have been working behind the scenes to get the 2015/2016 billboards launched into the sky!

December 9, 2015

Annual Giving Campaign Launches--A Letter From Board Member George Orban

Dear Friends of the Arts Council of Greater Lansing...

December 8, 2015

Arts Council Recognizes Applause Award Winners

Awardees Honored at Annual Holiday Glitter Gala

December 2, 2015

A Few Words from Debbie--Patience, Programs and Progress

Ingrained into my head since I was a small child, my mother always told me, ”Patience is a virtue, and all good things reveal themselves in time.”

November 5, 2015

City of Lansing Sense of Place - Arts Impact Project Details Announced

Come Share Your Ideas at a Community Open Forum

October 21, 2015