City of Lansing First Impressions Arts Impact Project Call to Artists and Details

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing, in partnership the Lansing Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) is pleased to announce the City of Lansing’s Arts Impact Project. This annual project awards $75,000 for the development of a permanent creative installation that enhances a neighborhood’s appearance and kindles community engagement in the City of Lansing. We are looking for creative placemaking ideas that will have impact on making our community a better place to live, work and play.

Bring ideas! Bring a friend!
Bring your creative project ideas to Michigan Institute of Contemporary Art (MICA) (1210 Turner St., Lansing, MI 48906) on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. where you can present them to the Arts Impact Project Panel. Persons interested in sharing a project idea can simply show up at MICA, sign in, and wait for their name to be called. Each person will have exactly five minutes to step up to the podium and convey their idea. Ideas can come from organizations, businesses, community members, neighborhood associations or any other entity or individual.

Community and Creativity
The Arts Impact Project will place artists/designers and community members at the forefront of the conversation so that the chosen project will reflect the creativity and sensibility of the neighborhood in which it resides. Projects may include but are not limited to physical gateways, small outdoor performance spaces, murals, alley enhancements, fountains, way-finding, landscaping/greenspaces and seating, public art that captures a neighborhood’s heritage and cultural soul, community-driven collaborative art installations, playground/play-on art, and/or arts incubator/studio spaces to name just a few. (NOTE: The panel is NOT looking for temporary projects or programming ideas — proposed projects must be permanently installed where people can gather and convene and be built for lasting impact.)

What you need to know
The presentation setting is very informal. The panel wants to hear exciting, creative ideas for making our city and community amazing through art and creativity and will announce the chosen project after January 1, 2019. The guidelines below will assist you in choosing a project and planning your five-minute pitch. Images, handouts, posters, etc. will be allowed during your pitch to enhance your oral presentation; however, we will not have any technical capabilities.

The more succinct and detailed you are in your delivery, the better. We recommend you do some preliminary research, talk to possible partners and reach out for permissions. Know where you want to make an impact and tell us why and how you plan to do that.

Project Parameters
1.  Must be located in the City of Lansing
2.  Must be led by an artist/designer/creative
3.  Must be a permanent, physical art installation
4.  Must have high visibility in a public place

Presentation Format
1. State your name and affiliation/organization (if applicable)
2. Briefly explain your project, its exact location and community impact
3. State estimated/guesstimated project cost
4. State any partners and organizations that have helped to envision this project  and will help to implement
5. State if any other resources have been secured for implementation
6. State why you think this project should be chosen

We look forward to seeing you and hearing your ideas. As mentioned, this is a drop-in, first-come-first-served opportunity.

Complete guidelines are on our funding page under City of Lansing First Impressions Program.

Pitch your project!

Monday, Oct. 29 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

MICA (1210 Turner St., Lansing, MI 48906)