Arts Council Billboards Feature Lansing Youth

Arts Council Billboards Feature Lansing Youth Art

MSUFCU and Adams Outdoor Help Support Youth Art Month


LANSING, Mich., March, 4, 2016 – March is Youth Art Month, and in celebration of the incredible young talent in the capital region, the Arts Council of Greater Lansing is excited to feature the work of ten Lansing-area youth artists on digital billboards around the greater Lansing region. 

Originally 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 as part of their school curriculum.

As part of our advocacy work to support arts education, we have partnered once again with Adams Outdoor Advertising and Michigan State University Federal Credit Union to present this project. Adams and MSUFCU are both 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 Louis Boyang, Kinawa School; Grace King, Charlotte Middle School; Reyna Delacruz, Cole Academy; Calvin Bosanic, Glencairn Elementary; Rachel Hadley, Ovid-Elsie High School; Kelly Frush, Lansing Catholic High; Marini Qian, Okemos High School; Romeo Leija, Gier Park Elementary; Leah Robbe, St. Johns High School and Yiduo Wen of Lansing Christian High School whose work was the first-place winner of the MSUFCU Student Art Exhibit. All other works were submitted by area teachers and final pieces were chosen based on composition and overall visual elements, including roadside appeal, as well as their combined representation of age and region. 

“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 and MSUFCU for supporting the billboard project again this year. It’s very exciting for the region and for the students who are so proud of their work, and it reinforces the importance of arts education.” 

A reception and press conference will be held on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Adams Outdoor Advertising.

Founded in 1965, the Arts Council of Greater Lansing is a non-profit organization whose mission is to lead, advocate for and advance arts and culture in the capital region. For more information, visit