Cash for Capital City's Fine Arts

By: Rachel Thomas Email
By: Rachel Thomas Email
City leaders are giving $136 thousand dollars in grants to more than a dozen local art organizations.The money will help maintain programs and bring new exhibits to the community.

Staff Photo: Deanna Allen
Kudzu Art Zone’s exhibit “The Artist’s Intention” features 35 pieces created by 21 different artists. The exhibit is open through Dec. 17 at 116 Carlyle St. in Norcross.

Even with large budget cuts, Lansing leaders are giving $136 thousand to the city's fine arts organizations.

"It's a sign of our commitment that we're able to maintain the arts when a lot is being cut," said Mayor Virg Bernero.

Awards were given to 16 local arts organizations in three categories: "Anchors Program", "Minigrant Program", and "Sense of Place in the Arts Program." The Lansing Symphony Orchestra was awarded the largest grant of $27,707 thousand.

"I've seen the symphony grow artistically and ticket sales increase 50 percent. We are growing and growing. This allows us to keep doing that," said Catherine Guarino, director of education at Lansing Symphony Orchestra.

The grant is only a fraction less than the symphony orchestra received last year from the city. The orchestra members believe the money is enough to continue with all scheduled performances.

The Lansing Art Gallery was awarded the second largest grant of nearly $26 thousand to create an all-new, outdoor exhibit in downtown.

"Sense of Place is an appropriate title for the grant because art gives Lansing a sense of identity. This exhibit will show diversity and bring in both emerging and professional artists," said Catherine Babcock, executive director of Lansing Art Gallery.

The Lansing Art Gallery's "City Streets Exhibit" will showcase 50 to 75 different artists making it the largest in 2 decades. It is scheduled for next summer.


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  • by Anonymous on Nov 16, 2010 at 05:29 AM
    I love art and am a musician however did anyone stop to think that @ $15 an hour 4 people could have full time jobs for a year for this money? Sorry but we need jobs for people not art work. People can not live on music and art.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 16, 2010 at 05:22 AM
    Sorry but while I am an art lover, I an angry that with people starving and homeless, the city leaders are giving money for art. You need food for the body before food for the soul.
  • by Carl Location: West Coast on Nov 15, 2010 at 05:31 PM
    Nice to see that Lansing is continuing its commitment to music and the arts.
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