Education Outreach

Lansing Art Gallery, long recognized for its educational mission in the community, coordinates a variety of educational programs. The gallery provides arts education through guided tours and workshops, artist demonstrations, discussions, and instruction experiences for youth and adults. The gallery’s education outreach teaches students within all socioeconomic levels the importance of arts and culture and encourages future support and community involvement. For over thirty years, the gallery has provided learning opportunities for more than 12,000 young people.

Art Scholarship Alert (ASA) – For over thirty years, the gallery has coordinated and hosted an annual high school portfolio exhibition and scholarship competition. This competitive process has led to over $106,000 in scholarships awarded at a student reception and award ceremony, over 28,984 portfolios submitted, and 3,807 student artworks exhibited.

Ingham Student Art Exhibit – the gallery hosts an annual K-12 juried exhibit at the Michigan Association of School Boards and Ingham Intermediate School District. Selected artwork is professionally framed and exhibited for one year. A student reception at each location gives the community an opportunity to meet the young artists and gives the students a genuine first-time exhibition experience.

Education Center – sponsored by Michigan State Federal Credit Union

Lansing Art Gallery offers on-site instruction with qualified teaching artists in a dedicated education space which hosts up to fifteen students per session. Workshops are available for all ages and skill levels. Focusing on experimentation and technique, workshops offer creative experiences through a variety of high-quality media and subject matter. On-site instruction includes: Spring and Summer Art Camp. Scholarships are available by contacting
Education Director, Michelle Carlson at

Artist in Residence – Lansing Art Gallery offers free art classes to students in the Lansing area elementary schools, where eighty percent are classified as low income according to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. This program focuses on the opportunity for students to gain instruction from teaching artists, who engage students through media techniques and vocabulary. Additionally, the program offers an opportunity for a docent guided LAG tour and a student art exhibit held at the gallery. Participants represent a diverse population in racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds.