On Monday, Nov. 15, the
Arts Council of Greater Lansing
and the Lansing Economic Development Corporation
announced the recipients of their arts and cultural grant awards, and REACH Studio Art Center
REACH Studio, in partnership with the REO Town Commercial Association, proposed to create an open air gallery featuring a combination of salvaged panels from the Deluxe Inn Graffiti Project
and new works commissioned for long term display along the main corridor of the REO Town Commercial District.
For this project, they were awarded $9,850.
“I am beyond overjoyed to know that REACH was one of the organizations selected for the arts and cultural grants awards,” says Alice Brinkman, founding director at Reach Studio Art Center.
REACH was also awarded funding for a professional artist mentoring program with its Teen Studio program
. Using Reach’s weekly Teen Studio after-school sessions as the framework, teenagers will be coached by professional artists with business acumen on various art trades.
The teens will then produce functional art products, create a business plan and set up their products for sale in a retail venue. (Amount awarded to be announced Monday!)
“It will be such an invaluable experience to our Teen Studio participants, to collaborate with successful artists who will help them create a plan for their artistic future,” says Brinkman. “Most of our teens already have a passion for art, but applying the business component will show them that they can turn their passion into a career.”
Source: Alice Brinkman, Reach Studio Art Center
Writer: Suban Nur Cooley
All Photographs © Dave Trumpie