City of Grand Ledge to Unveil New LEAP-Funded Public Art Pieces
This Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 206 W. River St., Grand Ledge, Mich. will welcome the addition of new public art pieces funded by the Lansing Economic Area Partnership’s (LEAP) Public Art for Communities grant program. Beginning a 3 p.m., LEAP will unveil the area’s eye catching new additions.
Consisting of three pieces, the newly acquired installation will be placed along the Grand Ledge trail system, connecting the downtown Grand Ledge and Riverside Park areas; they were designed and created by Flatlander’s Sculpture Supply & Art Galleries out of Blissfield, Michigan. The commissioned company is known for their specialized pieces that function in public space and often work alongside organizations hosting private events.
This isn’t the first time that LEAP has doubled down on supporting the arts by bringing them into public spaces for the general public to enjoy. To date, LEAP’s Public Art for Communities Grant Program, with dedicated support from the PNC Foundation since 2015, has awarded 20 $10,000 grants over five years to place public art in strategic, visible locations across the region. The City of Grand Ledge was awarded grant funds earlier this year as one of three 2017 Public Art for Communities grant recipients.
Art has become a staple tactic for “placemaking” in communities throughout the region. Recently, LEAP brought a similar project to downtown Lansing in an effort to bridge the gap between the hubs of Lansing and East Lansing along Michigan Avenue. Dubbed, Under the Bridge, the result of $107,000 crowd funded campaign, the installation illuminates the downtown corridor with LED lighting and is accompanied by a locally commissioned street mural.
The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) is a coalition of area leaders committed to building a prosperous and vibrant region where business can thrive. For more information about LEAP, please visit www.purelansing.com.
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Adam Lansdell is a Grand Valley State University alumnus, and currently a Communications Specialist with M3 Group of Lansing. With a passion for all things creative it comes as no surprise that he’s also a musician, movie buff and graphic designer. Adam spends his down time biking, and spending too much of his personal income on concert tickets or vinyl records.