STEAM Jobs and What They Mean for Education

According to the Microsoft Corp. STEM Perceptions Report, STEAM jobs in the U.S. will grow 14 percent over the next three years. And as our community and workforce continues to grow, so does the need for education in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics). Many jobs in both the private and public sectors require […]

Kellie’s Consignments Hosts Networking Event

Last Friday, Dec. 2, Kellie’s Consignments hosted a shopping and networking event that included lunch from Jet’s Pizza. The shopping lunch took place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and professionals from across greater Lansing came out, not only to network and meet other professionals in the area, but also to get a start on […]

The Power of Art to Resurrect the Economy

Arts and Culture are Essential to Economic Health

During a recent strategic planning meeting of the Board for the Lansing Economic Development Corporation (LEDC), a no-interest loan was voted into effect. The Board earmarked a hundred thousand dollars in an effort to support the arts and culture industry during a particularly challenging time in our economy and community. This no interest loan pilot program, similar to that in the Kalamazoo region, is the first of its kind in Lansing community, and will support a wide variety of arts and culture disciplines and the economy as a whole.

A Simply Marvelous Place

lansartgal_3059-cropPoet, philosopher and author Thomas Merton said, “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” Spending time at the Lansing Art Gallery helps us to realize the truth of this statement. Each piece not only reveals to us visual beauty but also invites us to new insights and understanding, along with a sense of discovery. From vibrant oils to dreamy watercolors, stunning jewelry to striking pottery and delicate works in glass, the Lansing Art Gallery is truly a marvelous place to lose ourselves in the displays of talent, skill and genius, as well as to introduce us to new ways of seeing, feeling and creating. 

Perfectly Unconventional

2009-jan-trellis3039While many people cherish the idea of retirement and look forward to spending this time of their life with some degree of rest and relaxation, Malinda Falardeau decided to spend her retirement by going in a completely different direction. The wife, mother and grandmother has turned her passion for art and creativity into a successful Mid-Michigan business.  Falardeau owns The Trellis in downtown Mason, a unique shop featuring original local artwork, one-of-a-kind gifts, handmade jewelry and beading classes. 

Seeing Things From a Different Angle

2009-jan-leiserowitz3008Mel & Nancy Leiserowitz

How did you get started? 

Nancy: (Mel) had several careers before coming into art. He was 38 when he came back to the University of Iowa (from WWII) as a student.

Mel: (After graduating) I became an advertising manager for a department store, and then came back to Des Moines. I got my MA in 1964, and I got a job at Michigan State. 

Nancy: This is a second career for me. I was a nurse. I got sent (to nursing school) when I was 17. It seemed like the practical thing for a farmer’s daughter in Nebraska to do, at least according to my father. I did a three-year program and then worked as a nurse for three years.

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