A picture of Genesee history

By Meghan Spork

Public invited to help paint a mural at the Black Child and Family Institute

the history of a neighborhood in art is no easy feat, but Lansing’s Genesee
neighborhood is trying: Members of the Genesee neighborhood (on Lansing’s
west side) will be painting a mural on the east wall of Black Child and Family
Institute at 835 W. Genesee.

public is invited to help out from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Sept. 25 and 26 and from 3 to
5 p.m. Sept. 27 and 28.

lower portion of the wall already features a collection of silhouettes designed
by Erika Magers that was painted by participants in the BCFI Fine Arts Camp this past summer.
The colorful silhouettes sparked a discussion within the neighborhood about augmenting the artwork.

original design by Brian Whitfield and Joy Baldwin was created after a meeting
with Genesee residents about what they wanted to see on the mural. The focus of
the design is to celebrate the history of the neighborhood, and celebrate its
progression from forest to farmland and then eventually to commercial use.

wall has been primed and the design has been traced on the wall. A group of six
artists is spearheading the task of painting of the mural, but they are still
looking for more help from the surrounding community.

really want more people in the community to come out and help,” said Jessica
Yorko, one of the mural’s organizers. “It’s a chance for them to make their