2021: Building Momentum and Fulfilling our Mission

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Recognizing our HistoryOur history is an important part of our future. This spring Intern Ian Hawthorne spent time researching our archives under the direction of Operations Manager Kyle Richard, seeking historical images to share with you here! 2021: Building Momentum and Fulfilling our MissionWe’re celebrating INCREASED access to the arts!…

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Celebrating Milestones

May 1, 2021 Michigan’s Vacc to Normal and Creative Sector Metrics On April 29, Governor Whitmer announced MI Vacc to Normal metrics here, which include milestones for reinstating in-person work, increasing indoor capacity limits, and more. As part of the arts and culture sector, we proudly represent 4.3% of the US GDP (greater than that…

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2021: Updates for April

Intentional VulnerabilityAt the start of 2021 I vowed to be more vulnerable. I recently faced serious illness and have been humbled by personal and professional limitations. My closest circle helped me heal with offerings of food, flowers, and eventually laughter. As I slowly begin to recover, I am profoundly grateful for our community’s patience, kindness,…

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Art Ability Bags: A Vision Realized

I grew up in Bowie, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, DC, where we had access to the many museums and the Kennedy Center, all within an hour of where I lived. In December of 2001, my husband, daughter and I moved to Okemos, because my husband had accepted a Federal Government job in Lansing. In…

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“The arts do something that nothing else does…”

Imagine a community with no art. What a boring concept. By day, I am deep in the weeds of the insurance industry. Constantly immersing ourselves within our community, I have the pleasure of seeing firsthand how much our community does care about art. I am a lifelong Lansing resident and have been influenced by our…

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Help us Plan Strategically Toward Arts Access

Join us in becoming allies at the local level. Our organization is taking steps to share our beliefs and to enact them. We believe: that arts access benefits individuals and our community; that diversity, inclusion, and equity create greater arts access; and that systemic racism harms individuals and our community. We actively oppose the systemic…

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2021: A Ripple Effect of Positivity

Reflections on innovationAs our team at Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center plans for 2021 and beyond, I’m reflecting on milestones and looking to the horizon for next steps. This year marks my seventh as executive director and twenty-third in the arts sector. I recognize 2020’s unprecedented upheaval, which yielded extraordinary innovation. Despite tragedy, adversity,…

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