The East Lansing Art Festival returns this weekend for its 51st run. The two-day event in the city’s downtown core features more than 180 artists and musicians. For many long-time attendees, the East Lansing Art Festival signals the unofficial start of summer.
Michigan has just over 13,000 children in its foster care system. Most are living in licensed homes, but many live with relatives who are either licensed or unlicensed to provide care. Still others are in child caring institutions.
May is National Foster Care Month and as part of that observance, one mid-Michigan agency is sponsoring an exhibition of artwork made by foster care children in search of adoption.
Earlier this year, we spoke briefly with Donna Kaplowitz about the workshop “The Art of the Selfie: How Selfies Create Confidence.” The workshop encouraged young girls to explore their understanding of beauty and boost self esteem through selfies.
It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we have an update on Art for Charlie, the East Lansing-based non-profit that works to improve hospice care for children and bereavement services for families who have lost a child.
If you live, work or just drive through Meridian Township, you’ve probably noticed the large metal sculpture in the roundabout at Marsh and Hamilton Roads. The work, entitled “Meridius Prime,” is a 14-foot tall piece commemorating the Michigan Meridian, the north-south baseline by which the state was surveyed in the 19th century. The sculpture is part of a plan to install public art that relays a community’s “sense of place.” The artwork is a project of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership.
Comic lovers from across the state will converge in East Lansing this week for the annual MSU Comics Forum. This year’s event features an artist alleyway, panel discussions and keynote speaker Stan Sakai.
How do you make science fun and approachable for youth? One theory is to use hip hop. The project Science Genius BATTLES (Bring Attention to Transforming Teaching, Learning and Engagement in Science) attempts to do that.
A new book of photography explores the pastime of basketball at its most basic level - the hoop. The book “hoop: the american dream” is filled with pictures of baskets from around the U.S.. The books creator, photographer Robin Layton, captures hoops nailed to trees, beneath highway underpasses, and the childhood baskets of various basketball stars. Current State’s Emanuele Berry spoke with Layton about creating the book.
Thursday evening, WKAR’s Community Cinema event will feature a preview of the film “Medora.” The documentary tells the story of a struggling Indiana basketball team. Emanuele Berry spoke with Davy Rothbart, one of the film's co-producers, and Dylan McSoley, a former Medora High School basketball player who is featured in the film.
Say “impressionist art” and you’re likely to think of the Europeans like Monet, Manet, Renoir, Degas, and Cezanne. But a number of American artists fit in that category, too. In Jackson, the Ella Sharp Museum has opened an exhibition called “American Impressionism: The Lure of the Artists’ Colony”. It’s on loan from the Reading Public Museum in Pennsylvania.
The loss of folk music in the face of popular music is happening worldwide, yet there are still young musicians who find their way into the genre. The East Lansing based band The Bard Owls is composed mostly of college students and recent graduates. They play old time folk music, as well as original songs. We sat down with the group to discuss their upcoming album “No Tracks.”
Featuring ten artworks by Michigan artists, "Sculptures in the Park" is a fully interactive experience, complete with a downloadable App where artists like Doug DeLind speak about their individual pieces.
The MSU Museum used social media to help build its new exhibit VOICE. The exhibit focuses on the words sing, roar, cry, whisper, persuade, and converse.
Each word has its own display filled with items and selected by the public. WKAR's Emanuele Berry stopped by VOICE to speak with MSU Museum Education Specialist and Assistant Curator of Folk Arts, Mary Worral.
The 50th annual East Lansing Art Festival kicks off this weekend from Saturday, May 18 through Sunday, May 19. Event organizer Corinn Van Wyck joined Current State to discuss all the festival has to offer, and what the 50th anniversary means to the city.
The U.S. military is facing a crisis of conscience. This week, the Pentagon released an annual report indicating the rate of rape and sexual assault by and against service members has risen significantly in the past year. Adding to the scandal is the arrest of the Air Force officer who previously led that branch’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response unit -- who himself was charged with sexual assault.
Recently, the Lansing school district announced that it will cut as many as 87 teachers in an effort to address the district’s budget deficit. Many of the teachers expected to be laid off are certified to teach art, music and physical education to elementary school students. The district says it's not eliminating its arts and physical education programs, but “redesigning” them, using existing teachers and outside programming as a substitute.
Michigan State University Art and Art History professor Susan Bandes has run a student project this year examining notable architecture in East Lansing. The focus has been on homes and businesses built between 1940 and 1970.
The summer movie season is upon us. Soon we will be inspired by the feats of cinematic superheroes, and clutching our seats in fear as we watch the world’s demise. Entertainment reporter and film critic for MLive.com and TheGrandRapidsPress, John Serba, helps Current State's Emanuele Berry sort through the many films of summer.
Paper-cut, or Jianzhi, is a traditional Chinese art activity in which people use different papers to cut various characters. Putting paper-cuts in red paper has always been a tradition for the Chinese Spring festival. This photo features Nezha, a popular character from a very famous Chinese legend story, Fengshen Yanyi.
China’s economic and political growth has been well documented. However, limited attention has been paid to how rapid development has dramatically impacted the nation's cultural life. Organizations in both China and the U.S. are working together to preserve and share China's "intangible" heritage and build cultural ties.
This week, MSU Department of Geography will host filmmaker Jeff Orlowski for a screening of his documentary “Chasing Ice.” The movie documents the work of National Geographic photographer James Balog. Through both film and time-lapse photography, Balog chronicled the melting of glacial ice. Current State’s Scott Pohl speaks with Jeff Orlowski, the director of "Chasing Ice."
The documentary “The Waiting Room” takes viewers inside a public hospital in Oakland, California. The powerful film captures the struggles of both health care workers and patients in a system that is broken and stretched to its limits. It also shows how public hospitals can become more than just places to receive medical care.
Bill Hirsch, the executive producer of the 2012 documentary, discusses the making of the film and issues behind American’s public hospitals.