It’s time you start noticing the art in East Lansing

By Katie McCoy
Entirely East Lansing

Map of different art locations around downtown East Lansing

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The art scene in East Lansing is a creative and eclectic culture that could exist only in a college town. With many different features, such as the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, the East Lansing Art Festival, and the up-and-coming cultural mosaic, the amount of public art leaves East Lansing with a unique presence. World-renowned architect, and winner of the architect’s Pritzaker-Prize, Zaha Hadid designed the Broad Art Museum which opened in 2012. The stainless steel structure and uncommon architecture brings artists from all around the world to feature their art.

Creative energy in Old Town is fueling growth for community

By Emily Elconin
Old Town Lansing Times Staff Reporter

From the beginning, the neighborhood of Old Town has been a creative, kooky, and eccentric place that vibrates with a colorful and inviting energy. From the moment you walk down Turner Street, it is evident there is a new chapter being written here in Old Town. There is a story to be shared on every corner. As Old Town continues to grow, so do the people who are helping Old Town come back stronger than ever before. Old Town is in the process of planning exciting summer festivals and a new event called Arts Night Out, where four neighborhoods in Lansing including Old Town, East Lansing,REO Town, and Downtown Lansing will feature all different kinds of art to draw in the younger community and help the arts community thrive all over Lansing, beginning in Old Town.

LGBT is A-OK: Acceptance is important for Old Town

Zachary Barnes
Old Town Lansing Times Staff Reporter

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) community has been a big part of Old Town’s rich history and the acceptance of it is a big reason why those within the neighborhood and visitors feel a close-knit, family-like bond. Acceptance is in Old Town’s fabric. The tolerance for those that identify as LGBT can be seen as a symbol of the openness Old Town has for people of all colors, backgrounds, gender, sexual orientation, and beliefs. Maintaining the ability to express yourself and feeling welcome at all times is a huge part of the Old Town fabric. General Manager of Spiral Dance Bar, Sam Courtney, says it’s important for Old Town businesses to promote a welcoming and a tolerant message.

Elderly Instruments helps develop sense of community and arts culture in Old Town

By Emily Elconin
Old Town Lansing Times Staff Reporter

The arts play an important role in small neighborhood of Old Town. Elderly Instruments located at 1100 N. Washington Ave., plays a significant role in the development of the arts culture in Old Town. The power of art and music has helped create a sense of community for people in Old Town and people who are just visiting or passing through. “Elderly has been a staple and anchor here in Old Town which has been really important because they’ve been here for a really long time,” Program Director for Michigan Institute of Contemporary Art Katrina Daniels said. “They are a really important cornerstone here in Old Town.

Intergenerational mosaic brings community together

By Danielle Chesney
Entirely East Lansing

EAST LANSING – Every Thursday after school, Kelly Arndt ushers seniors from the Prime Time Senior Program to MacDonald Middle School to work with Visual Arts Teacher Lauren Engler and her Art Club students on two panels of an intergenerational mosaic. The collaborative project has kept the groups busy since November, but their hard work will create an enduring art piece for the entire East Lansing community to enjoy. Arndt and Engler hatched the idea for the mosaic in June after last year’s mosaic project in honor of Matt Epling, said Engler. Engler said Arndt had heard about Epling’s mosaic, facilitated by Engler, at the East Lansing Art Festival, and contacted her about creating another mosaic incorporating multiple generations. They involved Special Education Teacher Amanda Moran and her students with a panel of the mosaic, as well.

Murals in Lansing bring community together

By Ella Kovacs
Listen Up Lansing Staff Reporter

Any amount of time spent in downtown Lansing is enough to notice the many large, colorful murals adorning the wall of local businesses. These public works of art are a prominent part of the community, and bring a special sort of life to Lansing and its residents. “Public art creates community as its created by a community,” said Keith Buchele, owner of Soup Spoon Cafe in Lansing. This restaurant has a huge, interactive painting on the side that reads “Thank You, Michigan” and is covered with the prompt “I’m grateful for ___”. The spaces are intended to be filled with chalk writing, resulting in a giant community blessings board.

Are tattoos still in? Just look at all the ink around Lansing

By Nakea Paige
Listen Up Lansing Staff Reporter

Everyone has a way of expressing themselves, some people do so with body modifications. Some people choose tattoos. Tattoos have been one of the more popular body modification that people gravitate towards. This is going to be be most colorful generation of grandparents about 50 years from now. Whether it is because of a broken heart, an amazing experience, or just because, a lot of people are choosing to have their stories imprinted on them for the rest of their lives.

School of Dance bringing ballet awareness to Lansing

By Eve Kucharski
Listen Up Lansing staff writer

Arguably one of the most cultured and graceful forms of athleticism is the art of ballet. It is a highly competitive field of dance, famous for both its beauty and tremendous rigors. It takes years of training to become proficient, and even then one’s longevity in a career as a dancer is not ensured. This form of dance can be intimidating to an outsider, and many who appreciate the art resign themselves to watching masterful companies from places like St. Petersburg and New York perform, rather than try it themselves.