Placemaking & Public Art

Placemaking & Public Art

Arts and cultural strategies help reveal and enhance the underlying identity — the unique meaning, value and character — of the physical and social space of a community. In this way, the community character of a city, county, township or neighborhood can be expressed through the activation of a place.

The following programs support placemaking in communities throughout the tri-county region:

Public Art for Communities Grant

This program, funded by LEAP and the PNC Foundation, awards three $10,000 grants to a tri-county municipality, business or organization to commission, create and install a piece of public art for year-round public display. In order to receive funding, each community must adopt a public art policy. The policy helps communities identify important considerations when investing in public art including maintenance, installation, insurance, etc.

Learn more about the Public Art for Communities grant program.

Lansing Poet Laureate

The Lansing Poetry Club, the RCAH Center for Poetry at Michigan State University and LEAP partner to select a Poet Laureate to engage the tri-county community in the literary arts. The intent of the program is to promote poetry as an art form, expand access to the literary arts, connect the community to poetry and showcase poetry as a literary voice that contributes to a greater sense of place.

The Lansing Poet Laureate program is the first of its kind for the greater Lansing region, stimulating the transformative impact of poetry. With this appointment, the Lansing Poet Laureate will offer instructional workshops and readings for the public each year. Visit the Lansing Poet Laureate website to learn more.