East Lansing may become the latest in a string of cities to commission the creation of a mural designed to attract tourists if a proposal from the Arts Commission is approved. The mural, which would be part of the national Greetings Tour, would feature a postcard-like design using classic lettering, bright colors and depictions of the city’s icons. So far, 41 Greetings Tour murals have been installed in 20 states. Wendy Longpre, assistant director of the East Lansing Parks, Recreation and Arts Department, said the murals have a following of their own and could increase traffic to the city. “Once you found one of these murals you kind of look for them, then, as you’re traveling,” Longpre said.
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.
By Sheryl Levitt
Listen Up, Lansing Staff Reporter
On Oct. 8, a new piece of artwork was unveiled in downtown Lansing’s Stadium District. Now, when you’re driving down East Michigan Avenue, you will be greeted by a mural celebrating the Capital City. A $10,000 grant awarded to Downtown Lansing Inc. by the Lansing Economic Area Partnership made the project possible. The mural is located near the intersection of East Michigan Avenue and South Cedar Street, along the top on the east-facing side of Duke’s Saloon.
LANSING — In “Canvas Detroit,” a new book from Wayne State University Press, Nichole Christian and Julie Pincus profile the Motor City’s brightest and most diverse up-and-coming street artists. From murals on boulevards to grass sculptures, their work can actively improve the urban environment and shine a light on previously ignored and abandoned cityscapes, the authors say. Detroit is a city that needs “problem solving,” Christian says, and art won’t solve it all. But the city is fostering a wickedly creative atmosphere that is ripe for revitalization. In a recent interview, Christian explained the importance of street art and how it can revitalize a city.