EAST LANSING, Mich. – Community members and members of the media are
invited to attend the dedication of the East Lansing Artist Alleyscommunity-created mosaic in downtown East Lansing on Friday, June 3 as
part of the Arts Night Out event.
At 6 p.m., the community-created mosaic will be dedicated in thepedestrian alley adjacent to 549 E. Grand River Ave. The mosaic is the
result of an intergenerational partnership between members of the EastLansing Prime Time Seniors’ Program and students in the MacDonald
Middle School After School Art Club. Area seniors and students worked asa team to create the beautiful glass mosaic, which will be enjoyed by
community members and visitors for years to come.
At 7 p.m., community members are invited to enjoy free, live jazz bySolace in Ann Street Plaza. Several street performers will also
entertain crowds at various locations throughout the downtown from 5-8p.m.
“We are thrilled to commemorate the installation of new public art in
downtown East Lansing,” said East Lansing Community & EconomicDevelopment Administrator Lori Mullins. “The EL Artist Alleys project
has been made possible by more than 100 generous contributors and theMichigan Economic Development Corporation. We would like to thank all of
the supporters for helping make public spaces in downtown East Lansingmore vibrant.”
Visit www.downtownel.com for additional information about the EL Artist Alleys public art dedication.
More about the EL Artist Alleys
The EL Artist Alleys project is the result of a crowdfunding campaignthat successfully raised $47,285 in community funds last fall to
revitalize and redesign downtown East Lansing’s Grove Street alley andthe pedestrian alley in the 500 block of E. Grand River Ave. The
campaign was part of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation's(MEDC) Public Spaces, Community Places program and the community dollars
were matched by a $45,000 MEDC grant. In addition to the public art,additional improvements to the alleys will include the installation of
new public tables, chairs, games, lighting, and landscaping.
Please note that the public art mural created by local artist JulianVan Dyke, which is also a part of the EL Artist Alleys project, will be
installed soon in the Grove Street alley adjacent to Ann Street Plaza. Aseparate dedication ceremony will be held at that time.
Arts Night Out
The EL Artist Alleys dedications coincide with the Arts Council of Greater Lansing’s Arts Night Out, hosted this month in downtown East Lansing. Art-related events, activities and exhibits will be hosted from 5-8 p.m. at a number of downtown East Lansing businesses and venues on June 3. Community members are encouraged to come downtown and enjoy and evening of art. Learn more: http://www.myartsnightout.com/events.