Feb. 23 2016 01:10 PM

Museum Drive Arts Impact Project accepting artist proposals

TUESDAY, Feb. 24 — Downtown Lansing’s Cultural District is looking to spruce up its Michigan Avenue entrance — and it’s looking to Michigan artists for ideas.

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing is now accepting proposals from Michigan artists for the Museum Drive Arts Impact Project, a new public art project funded by the City of Lansing Sense of Place program and administered by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing and the Lansing Economic Area Partnership. The artwork will be installed along the Michigan Avenue corridor where it connects to the Cultural District, which comprises Impression 5 Science Center, Riverwalk Theatre, R.E. Olds Transportation Museum and La Fille Gallery.

“The greatest importance of the project is that we are creating that sense of place for our residents and businesses and visitors of this community by placing some sort of a welcoming beacon to the Cultural District,” said Deborah Mikula, executive director of the Arts Council of Greater Lansing. “I think that by creating that gateway it will give those organizations that are in that Cultural District more visibility at the same time”

The city has allocated $75,000 to create a permanent, highly visible and creative art installation.

“We want it to exemplify the cultural institutions down that hill,” Mikula said. “Those institutions are looking to something that will spark the imagination and creativity that comes out of those organizations. They want a beacon that will exemplify what they are about.”

Michigan-based artists and artist teams can submit project proposals to the Arts Council of Greater Lansing. All proposals must be submitted by March 11. Proposed works must be suitable for Michigan’s weather, and should take into account the cost of the entire project. The commission budget for the project is $71,500, which includes all artist fees, travel, design, engineering, insurance, permits, fabrication, labor, shipping and installation.

Three finalists will be required to visit Lansing for a site orientation on March 21. On April 29, the finalists will present their final conceptual proposals to the Arts Impact Project steering committee in person. A $1,000 honorarium will be paid to each of the finalists for the full conceptual proposals. A panel made up of Arts Council of Greater Lansing staff, the steering committee and representatives from the Lansing Economic Area Partnership and the City of Lansing will select the winning project.

More information and application materials are available at lansingarts.org.