News & Updates

2021: Updates for April

By Barb Whitney | March 26, 2021

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,…

A Renaissance in the Making: Arts Advocacy in a Reopened World

By Ian Hawthorne | March 26, 2021

In the beginning of 2021 this nation ushered in a new administration, new hope for this pandemic, and began to see the light of a new dawn ahead. The Coronavirus has forced changes across the board, some here to stay and some we never thought we would hope to go away. Still, in the wake…

Art Ability Bags: A Vision Realized

By Catherine Blatnik | March 25, 2021

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…

“The arts do something that nothing else does…”

By Ben Rathbun | February 10, 2021

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…

Help us Plan Strategically Toward Arts Access

By Barb Whitney | January 29, 2021

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…

2021: A Ripple Effect of Positivity

By Barb Whitney | December 30, 2020

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,…

Always Learning

By Dayna Walton | December 4, 2020

For as long as I can remember, I have adored studying my surroundings – taking the time to find and name each living thing, even the tiny plants and insects that hold ecosystems together. Maybe it was my parents, who made it a priority to raise us with trees for neighbors, that instilled this need…

Announcing Giving Tuesday Matching Funds – Give to Double Your Gift!

By Barb Whitney | November 26, 2020

Double your gift by making a contribution or pledge this Giving Tuesday! Our community needs the arts more than ever, and Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center exists thanks to your ongoing support. As we continue to navigate a changing landscape during this year’s pandemic, we turn to you. Please give on Giving Tuesday for…

Announcing New Initiatives: Online Art Gallery and On-Site Shopping Appointments

By Barb Whitney | November 2, 2020

We’re excited to announce new online and safe on-site Initiatives!After months of research and preparation, our team is thrilled to share a new online art sales gallery and customized experiences at Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center this November and December thanks to our 2020 Michigan Made | Holiday Art Exhibition title sponsor Health Management…

Staff Spotlight: Kyle Richard

By Kyle Richard | October 30, 2020

I believe that art is one of the purest forms of human expression. With that said, I haven’t always been the arts advocate that I consider myself to be today.  I originally went to university to be a teacher.  My educational background focused on the other humanities; history, government, economics, and geography.  I always thought…