3 Michigan artists speak about 3 musical cultures and genre loyalty

Music streaming services are the future and they’re redefining what people listen to, yet genre loyalty remains. In 2016, Nielsen, a company that studies consumer habits worldwide, found a 76 percent increase in on-demand audio streams. These services, like Spotify and Apple Music, have algorithms designed to help listeners instantly customize their musical preferences. And the rigid boundary lines that once delineated genres seem to be less strict – more people are listening to varied music. Broadcasting platforms like radio are also taking notice. “I’m always looking to some degree.

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Summer movies will help build stronger family units in Lansing Township

With summer just around the corner, Lansing Charter Township is wasting no time in planning activities to bring residents and the community together. Leading the main event, which is a series of summer movies being shown in two parks is Lansing Township Supervisor Dion’trae Hayes. “So two movies shown for two different Fridays, and they are consecutive Fridays,” Hayes said. “The idea is to make it a family, friendly and affordable event for all the residents in our community.”

According to Hayes, she has secured donations for a concession stand that will consist of water, popcorn and other amenities. In order to make the movie affordable, all residents will need to do is show up with a blanket or chair, there is no admission fee.

The arts help drive Old Town’s revitalization

One of the first things visitors to Old Town may notice are the large letters reading “Art District” along the fence at the end of Turner Street. Old Town Lansing is known as the Art District, and for good reason. There are several art galleries located here, including Absolute Gallery, Great Lakes Artworks, Katalyst Gallery, and the Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art Gallery. These galleries feature a variety of artists. Great Lakes Artworks, located at 306 E. Grand River Ave., features artwork created exclusively by artists in the Lansing area.

Public art represents what Old Town wants to be all about

Whether you are passing or just stopping by, the first couple of things you may notice are all the beautiful and unique art pieces displayed that ultimately shows what Old Town is all about. When Old Town was revitalized in the late 80’s and early 90’s, there were a lot of empty buildings being bought by artists that would use them for studios, media studios, and professional art galleries. It has been the type of area where creative businesses have made it their home, according to Sarah Christiansen, Old Town Commercial Association board member and owner of Katalyst Gallery and Gift Boutique. Dawn Gorman is the communications and events manager at the Arts Council of Greater Lansing, discussed how Old Town became an art district along with how each sculpture, mural, and any piece of art is made. “When Old Town first started out, the main people that were doing stuff in the area were artists,” said Gorman.