Old Town brings Lansing community together through art

By Ryan Squanda
The Lansing Star

Lansing — It’s a Sunday afternoon on Turner Street in Lansing, Michigan – Old Town as the area is more commonly referred to – and about a half dozen people are sweeping the streets and packing up. “It’s cleanup time,” says Terry Terry, referring to the fact that just 15 hours earlier the streets were flooded with thousands of people and musicians for Blues Fest – just one of the area’s many festivals. Terry’s been around Old Town for over 30 years. As president of two organizations in the area: MessageMakers, an event planning and PR company and the Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art (MICA) — Terry has been a catalyst in morphing Old Town into what it is today, where many of the unique restaurants, shops and art draw people in from all over Lansing’s metropolitan area. But 30 years ago?