New Mural Program for Old Town

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A new mural will decorate the walls of the alley
on the corner of Turner Street and E. Grand River Ave.

The program called Art Spot allowed residents and visitors to choose from more than 10 sketches of prospective murals that could appear in the alley.

“Local artists had the opportunity to submit sketches,” said Brittney Hoszkiw the executive director of the Old Town Commercial Association. “If chosen they will be the ones installing the murals. We hope to begin work immediately, but completion will depend on the weather.” The winners have not yet been announced.

She added that the mural will be in three different parts, on three different buildings: the Wild Rose Café, Swanson Design and 317 E. Grand River Ave.

Planned Mural Locations


The OTCA, the mural’s design committee and the business owners involved in the project met Monday night to discuss and solidify the plan for the project, said OTCA Employee Lisa Wright.

The Ingham County Treasurer, Eric Schertzing recently supported a similar project in North Lansing where local artists were allowed to paint their own graffiti on the Deluxe Inn after it closed.  The Inn was eventually demolished, but the murals will stay. Schertzing said in an earlier interview that Old Town is based on art and that anything aimed at promoting art will help the community.

Residents of Old Town Group also supports the program and anything generally related to art in Old Town.

“I think any program to help advance art in Old Town is one I would support,” said Mike Davis Jr., the president of the ROOT Group.

“It will create another layer of opportunity, make a utilitarian alley into an attraction in the community and provide an outlet for emerging artists to display their work in the Lansing
area,” Hoszkiw said.

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