Stimulating growth

By Allan I. Ross
This leopard statue in Potter Park Zoo\'s Sensory Garden was funded by the Sense of Place in the Arts Grant. Courtesy photo.

City of Lansing accepting applications for annual art ‘place-making’ program

Thursday, Aug. 15 — Local arts organizations could score a grant for up to $75,000 to make the capital city a more visually (or sonically, as the case may be) place to be. The 2013-‘14 Sense of Place in the Arts Grant Program is underway, which allows Lansing-based arts groups to fund public art projects.

“The goal of this project is to attract talent to our region,” said Sara Graham, spokeswoman for the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, which, along with the Lansing Economic Development Corp., is administering the program. “Art has the power to attract talent through visual stimulation, which will make people want to work here and live here.”

Groups have until Sept. 13 to submit their grant proposals. The program is funded by the City of Lansing and supports arts and cultural projects that drive community revitalization and economic development in Lansing. Graham said recent projects include the Lansing Art Gallery’s riverfront art exhibit; the sculptures in the Sensory Garden at Potter Park Zoo, funded by the Lansing Lions Club; and the Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s summer pops concert at Adado Riverfront Park.

Grants will range from $10,000 to $75,000 for projects to be completed between Nov. 1 and June 30, 2014. Applicant organizations must meet eligibility criteria; must contribute to the city’s “sense of place” as a part of its cultural economic development philosophy; and must produce collaborative, physical and highly visible arts projects that directly impact Lansing residents and visitors.

Confounded by all that paperwork? The Arts Council of Greater Lansing will assist with the program and provide artistic consultation and expertise throughout the grant process. To request an appointment, contact program manager Barb Whitney at or call (517) 853-7582.

Application packets are available to download at and under and at in the “Funding” section.