LEAP Awards $30,000 for the Placement of Public Art

Three communities work to retain and attract talent through placemaking grants

LANSING, Mich.  The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) announced a new round of Public Art for Communities grant recipients today, adding three communities to the growing list of municipalities participating in the LEAP Public Art for Communities grant program. The three communities that will receive funding are the City of East Lansing, City of Grand Ledge and City of Mason (Dart Bank). This adds to a total of seventeen $10,000 grants LEAP has awarded over five years to place public art in strategic, visible  locations across the region.  PNC Foundation has been a strong supporter of the Public Arts for Communities grants, contributing $10,000 to the program each year since 2015.

“More and more we are seeing evidence that activating the symbiotic relationship between business, talent, and place is the key to successful economic development,” said Bob Trezise, President and CEO of LEAP. “LEAP’s placemaking grants are an important piece of our overall strategy to create culture, and shift the rust-belt image of our region to one of global vibrance that will attract and retain world-class talent.”

Each community that applies for LEAP funding is required to adopt a public art policy or ordinance. The policies address issues of insurance, liability, and ongoing maintenance, as well as the formation of an arts committee to work with artists and art pieces representing the community. This year, LEAP has expanded the program to open the opportunity to organizations and businesses, as well as municipalities.

“We were elated when we heard that LEAP opened this program to businesses and other organizations,” said Peter Kubacki, President & CEO of Dart Bank. “Receiving this funding will help attract businesses to the area and promote economic growth near our headquarters in Mason. Dart Bank is eager to continue working with our communities to create a space we can all enjoy for years to come.”

The grantees announced today will have until October 31, 2017 to structure their programs, release their call for artists and construct and place an art piece. Each community has prioritized a location based on their own placemaking strategies, taking both pedestrian and vehicular traffic patterns in to consideration, as well as the business case for attracting talent to their communities.

“As this program has grown, so has the strength of the applications we’ve received, and I’m happy to say that the process has become very competitive,” said Jennifer Sturdy, Client and Community Relations Director for PNC Bank and Co-Chair of the LEAP Placemaking Committee. “When it comes to placemaking, we are asking these communities and eligible organizations to think strategically about the impact their proposals will have on the economic vitality of the community, and they are offering solid answers.”


About LEAP

The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) is a coalition of area leaders partnering to build a stronger community for all—working every day to grow, retain and attract business.