Art is all around us and the Greater Lansing area has LOTS of it! No matter which way you venture you’ll find a piece that you will love. Some of the best and brightest pieces are the 15+ murals located all over the Capital City.
Take a walk down the river trail or through one of our artsy neighborhoods to discover some of the local street art for yourself!
Michigan Avenue Under U.S. 127
As you head into downtown Lansing from Michigan Avenue you will see this bright spot featuring artwork by Brian Whitfield. The Under the Bridge project was created to liven up the gateway between East Lansing and Lansing with art, decorative lighting and other improvements. Each mural represents different aspects that are iconic to the two areas of Lansing and East Lansing.
Catch a glimpse of this interactive piece of art as you're heading down Michigan Avenue! REACH Studio Art Center's "Thank You, Michigan" mural is painted on the side of Soup Spoon Café giving residents and visitors the opportunity to share what they are most grateful for.
Under Shiawassee Street Bridge
Next time you’re walking down the Lansing River Trail take a moment to revel in the art under the Shiawassee Street bridge. This mural titled, “Break Free”, was created by Tea Brown as part of the Lansing Art Gallery’s ArtPath project in hopes of promoting positive interaction among residents!
To continue the mural tour of the Lansing head into Old Town where you won’t have to look hard to see the two beautiful murals sitting on either side of Turner Street.
Turner Street and Grand River Avenue
The mural located in Turner Mini Park was inspired by the Jazz and Blues Fest that take place in Old Town and has boosted creativity throughout the community
The other mural painted on the wall adjacent to Sir Pizza is a vibrant strawberry piece with feelings of growth and beauty. This piece is titled Maagwed Miijim: The One Who Provides and was painted by Nani Chacon.
Alley Behind The Creole and Punk Taco
Artwork done by Eric Schantz
Take a walking tour to experience all of the unique street art next time you’re in Old Town. You can find musical anecdotes on the side of Elderly Instruments and even the king himself, Elvis Presley in the alley behind The Creole.
The Artisan Company
The art scene in Lansing is surging and the REO Town neighborhood is no exception to this change. Stroll down Washington Avenue and explore all the street art in this up and coming district. From graffiti in the alleyways to intricate pieces on buildings, there is plenty of beautiful art to take in. I recommend grabbing a coffee from Blue Owl while you're enjoying the scenery!
Greater Lansing’s art scene is always expanding. With new art collaborations like “The Groovy Opportunity” project in East Lansing which allows students and faculty at MSU to paint a mural during the week of the East Lansing Art Festival. With exciting new mural festivals like Below The Stacks which has been recruiting new artist, asking for creative assistants and creating fun for residents and visitors. Next time you come into town you’ll have even more Lansing murals to add to your must-see list.
Discover your own art trail in Lansing, exploring all the culture our region has to offer! While you're out roaming the streets, look out for more art using 517 ARTsearch, a mobile app that guides you to public art and galleries in the 517 area code. There is so much beauty in our Capital City just waiting to be seen! Find a complete list of all things art and culture here.