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Community Art by Lansing Students

Submitted by Olivia Alfredson, East Lansing Resident

My idea is…

“…street art created by Lansing students represented across the city. My idea is that each elementary, middle, and high school in the Lansing School District would identify an influential figure in their immediate community that inspires them. This inspiration could come from the field of education, social activism, the arts, etc. Based off of their inspiration, each school should design a piece that represents why that influential person contributed toward making Lansing beautiful. In a literal sense, the art will be visually making Lansing a more attractive community, while demonstrating how the people and culture of the community are truly what makes our city beautiful.”

My idea contributes to a vibrant community by…

“…providing a focus for young minds to find inspiration throughout their city. It is well known within education that students thrive when they are able to see themselves represented in the classroom, in school projects, and in their community. I think that this initiative would be an instrumental part of making Lansing feel more like a creative safe haven for those that will call Lansing home for generations to come.

The display of youth-inspired art across Lansing will not only showcase the city’s respect and appreciation for creativity, but will showcase the talent and value we place on our children, and the way we value today’s children as tomorrow’s community leaders.  Especially with the rise of social media, location sharing, and Instagram, I think that these adorned walls will become iconic to the city of Lansing and become somewhat of a destination (think the “I Love You So Much” mural in Austin, TX, or the “I Believe in Nashville” mural in Nashville, TN).”

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