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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.

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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.

Saginaw artist sketches his way to ESPN, Complex

Apr 11, 2014
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Artist Sean Mack said he’s been drawing since he was in diapers, and all that practice paid off. His work is now being featured in two popular publications: ESPN’s TrueHoop Blog and Complex’s music site.

MSU Museum looks at 'Turtles in Trouble'

Apr 3, 2014
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A new exhibit at the MSU Museum focuses on the plight of turtles around the world. “Turtles in Trouble” is meant to boost awareness of the impact humans have on turtles populations worldwide.

MSU comics forum celebrates breadth of artform

Feb 20, 2014
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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.

E=MC: Teaching science through Hip Hop

Jan 20, 2014


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.

The battles are the brainchild of Dr. Christopher Emdin and Wu Tang Clan member GZA.

Shooter captures hoops across America

Jan 14, 2014
Robin Layton


  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.

Jackson museum explores American impressionism

Dec 10, 2013
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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.

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The next major exhibition at MSU’s Broad Art Museum features works by a Lansing-born architect. Born in 1940, Lebbeus Woods passed away last year.

Lansing artist captures MS in portraits

Nov 25, 2013

Three months ago, Jennifer Reida was diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis or MS. She decided to learn more about her disease by creating art, starting the project “A year of MS.”

Artist Chris Jordan captures immensity of modern woes

Nov 20, 2013

Tonight,  the MSU Department of Geography welcomes acclaimed artist and cultural activist Chris Jordan to the Pasant Theatre at Wharton Center. Jordan turns numbers into powerful art.

Broad Art Museum celebrates first anniversary

Nov 1, 2013
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Michigan State University’s Broad Art Museum is celebrating its first birthday with an event tonight called GLOBAL.

Shadow puppetry evolves with 'Manual Cinema'

Sep 18, 2013

Shadow puppets on the radio? Now that’s something you don’t “hear” everyday, but here at Current State we thought we'd give it a try.

Hope Gangloff

The Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University will open four new exhibitions this month, with artist Hope Gangloff launching the first on Friday.