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.