New sculpture added to spray park addition

By Luke Robins
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

ST. JOHNS – A new sculpture, created by a local citizen, has been added to the St. Johns City Park. The Lansing Economic Area Partnership and the PNC Foundation provided a $10,000 grant to the city to pay for the piece. The sculpture was created by Ivan Iler who lives and runs his business, Hammer In Hand Custom Cycles, in St.

Arts Council of Greater Lansing seeks recognition from Clinton County

By Jonathon Chun
Clinton County Chatter

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing is celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2015, and its accomplishments are easily recognized. However, it took Clinton County a little longer to show the recognition that the art community was looking for. Both Ingham County and Eaton County have granted the council a tribute, but Clinton County did not get the memo. Council Executive Director Deborah Mikula presented her plea at the Clinton County Board of Commissioners meeting on Feb. 24.

Authors “Canvas Detroit” for art’s impact on the urban environment

By BECKY McKENDRY
Capital News Service

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.

Meridious Prime coming to an intersection near you

By Justin Polk
Meridian Times staff writer

Meridian has a lot of history in the township. From the first settlers to Chief Okemos, a lot of signs that represent the township. The Meridian Township Art Committee called out via the Art Council of Greater Lansing to find someone to represent the township in a single art piece. Local artist Timothy Higgins reached out to the committee regarding the task at hand. “I first heard about the opportunity by responding,” said Higgins who is from Elsie, Michigan.