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

2017 Billboard by James Morrison

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

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing is honored to partner once again with Adams Outdoor Advertising to create this free opportunity – the 2018 Young Creatives Billboard Project – for Tri-County educators and their students.

About the project
At the Arts Council, we are strong believers that we should support our youth and give the public an opportunity to see some of the artwork created by young and emerging talent in our local schools.

From March 1 -31, 2018 (National Youth Art Month), we will showcase the art of 10 area youth artists, grades K-12, allowing their magnificent artwork to be viewed by thousands of individuals during their daily commutes. Check out the 2017 billboards here.

Submission guidelines
Teachers who work with K-12 students in any Eaton, Ingham or Clinton County school may apply and submit one (1) artwork to be considered for placement on a digital billboard. Only one artwork per teacher is permitted. Please note: parental permission is required at the time of application.

If you are a teacher interested in submitting your student’s work, follow these two simple steps:

Step 1:  Read the guidelines as outlined in the 2018 Young Creatives Billboards: Request for Submissions 

Step 2:  Upload your student artwork to the online application at Slideroom by 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018.

Review process
A committee will review the submissions, where they will be scored on composition and overall visual elements, including roadside appeal. We are looking for all grades and regions within the tri-counties to be represented. Please note: one billboard will be selected outside of this process–the overall juried winner of the MSU Federal Credit Union Student Art Competition will also be given one of these highly coveted billboards.

Additional Opportunity–March Youth Exhibition
While we wish we could offer billboards to all of the students whose work you submit, unfortunately we only have 10 billboards available to us. Therefore, those students whose work is not chosen are invited to participate in our Youth Art Exhibition, which will be on display at the Arts Council office for the entire month of March. This exhibition showcases the original art of the 10 billboard finalists along with other student art.

Art works must be matted or framed for hanging and canvases must be ready to exhibit, with finished sides. All art must be delivered to the Arts Council by Feb. 22 at 5 p.m. If you submit a student work for the billboards and it is not chosen, it can be a part of the March Youth Exhibition.

Arts Night Out Opening Reception for All Students, Teachers and Families
In addition to having their art featured on our wall, there is also an opening reception for family and friends held during Arts Night Out on Friday, March 2, 2018 in Old Town! All of the youth artists are invited to be present, take photos with their art work and visit with Arts Night Out attendees.

For more information contact Dawn Gorman, communications and events manager at or Meghan Martin, program manager at