Lansing State Journal, May 27th
As Catherine Babcock left a reception at the Lansing Art Gallery last summer, she couldn’t help but notice that downtown Lansing was buzzing with activity.”I thought if we couldn’t get them to come into the reception maybe we could take the art to them,” she said.
Babcock, executive director of the nonprofit Lansing Art Gallery, was inspired to team up with the City of Lansing Arts & Cultural Grant Program and Arts Council of Greater Lansing to create the City Streets Exhibition.
The interactive outdoor exhibit features prints of 80 works of art by Michigan artists along the sidewalks near the intersection of Washington Square and Michigan Avenue.
“This is a great way to expose (the public) to art and educate them without really making it feel like we’re educating them,” Babcock said.
Each piece in the exhibit is accompanied by a phone number that plays a recording of the artist describing the artwork when called, and a number to text message to vote for the piece for the People’s Choice Award.
The prints will be on display through September. Each also has a page on the exhibit’s website, lansingcitystreets.com, with photos and artist biographies. Voting for the People’s Choice Award is available on the site.