As part of the City of East Lansing's public art program, the East Lansing Arts Commission (ELAC) has launched a new initiative entitled the East Lansing Urban Mural Project. This project encourages artists, business owners and City government to work together to improve the overall aesthetic environment of East Lansing by installing mini murals on public property.
The ELAC is encouraging artists to install small-scale installations in unexpected locations throughout the community. These small-scale installations have unofficially been termed "crack art." "Crack art" is created when an artist uses the existing physical environment, such as a crack in a wall, a retaining wall, a bollard, etc, as the inspiration for mural design. The goal is to improve the overall aesthetic environment by installing spontaneous public art.