Local Events and Opportunities
Community activities and events are listed below. All items listed have been approved by the district office for posting. In most cases, paper copies of these postings can be found in the designated school building's office. By clicking on the headings below, more information regarding the events can be viewed.
City of East Lansing
Request for Qualifications Released for 2023 East Lansing Art Festival’s Graphic Design
The East Lansing Art Festival (ELAF) has released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for graphic designers, artists and/or firms interested in designing the poster and other deliverables for next year’s festival.
The ELAF will host its 60th annual festival on May 20 and May 21, 2023 in the heart of downtown East Lansing. The festival is consistently in the top 100 best fine art festivals in the nation in Sunshine Artist magazine’s rankings and approximately 60,000 individuals attend the festival each year. The popular, annual event features approximately 200 juried artists from across the country as well as live music, a food court, an artist demonstration area and more.
The new festival poster design will be used to develop corresponding printable pieces, such as festival t-shirts and advertising. The design should encapsulate the ELAF and showcase its fine art mission, while also getting the community excited for the next event and being easily transferrable to different mediums.
Qualifications are due no later than 5 p.m. on September 8, 2022, and the ELAF is interested in considering qualifications from all artists/designers/firms, including those from the BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities and those with disabilities. Michigan-based artists/designers/firms are preferred, with local artists/designers/firms (those in the tri-county area) given priority consideration. Additional details can be found in the RFQ, which has been posted here: https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/Bids.aspx?BidID=68.
Request for Qualifications Released for Public Mural in Downtown East Lansing
The East Lansing Arts Commission (ELAC) has released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) from qualified artists for a public mural planned for downtown East Lansing.
The selected artist will create a public mural for the dumpster shroud located in the Bailey Parking Lot, 139 Bailey St., that provides a fun and vibrant backdrop to the public for selfie self-expression opportunities, graduation photos and more. The artist should also keep in mind the City’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and the importance that art plays in defining a sense of place and community as well as the diversity of the East Lansing community.
The available space for the mural is 10’5” tall x 33’6” wide and could wrap around the full shroud (excluding the doors). The mural will be funded using Public Art Fund dollars through the Percent for Art program.
Interested artists have until 5 p.m. (EST) on August 25, 2022 to submit their qualifications. After the initial review of their qualifications, the East Lansing Art Selection Panel will invite three to five artists to submit a full proposal. These artists will be compensated $500 for their proposals, whether their proposal is selected or not. These proposals will be the property of the ELAC for up to one year, allowing the ELAC the option to potentially find other locations for the proposals that are not selected for the Bailey Parking Lot location.
Details of the RFQ, including how to submit qualifications and the selection process, are available at https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/Bids.aspx?BidID=67.
Installation of the Bailey Parking Lot mural is planned for May 2023 and a dedication is scheduled for the end of August 2023. Artists with questions about the public mural project can email email@example.com.
The City of East Lansing’s Percent for Art ordinance requires that one percent of the budget (up to $25,000) for new development projects be used to fund public art in the community. Developers can choose to propose and commission a public art piece on the site of their development, donate public art to the City or contribute funds to the City’s Public Art Fund. The City also contributes one percent of its capital improvement budget to the Public Art Fund each year.
East Lansing Educational Foundation Events
East Lansing Educational Foundation Membership & Donation Opportunities
Dear Valued Supporter of the East Lansing Public Schools,
As the East Lansing Educational Foundation Board Members meet and explore how to navigate a world where we live with COVID-19 in our midst, we continue to focus on our goal of supporting the needs of ELPS students and teachers. This is only possible through the generous financial gifts from our community. We are currently working with ELPS administrators as they carefully consider how to best educate students while also addressing the health and social wellness of all our students.
It is clear to us there are two main areas where the support of the East Lansing Educational Foundation and its donors can be of greatest help; (1) enhancing the technology infrastructure to ensure that all students have the necessary equipment to learn remotely, and (2) supporting our teachers and administrators as education evolves to include best practices for remote learning and equity for all students.
In these critical times, the ELEF has set a goal of raising $30,000 this summer, what we would have typically raised during our annual Awards Dinner event. Your donation will allow the swift adaptation of new education models, directly supporting ELPS students and teachers for the changing technology and equitable approaches that will be required to continue the excellent standards to which we are accustomed.
As many of you are aware, COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on people across the globe, including locally in East Lansing. The illness and resulting deaths of loved ones has changed families forever. Unfortunately, that is not where the impact ends. The East Lansing school district depends on the State of Michigan to fund its operational needs. Due to COVID-19 and the resulting economic challenges, it may be necessary to make reductions to the overall school district budget.
Possible budget reductions will have an impact on all students; however, those from traditionally minoritized families (e.g., socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, differently abled) will be disproportionally affected by these reductions. This is where your help is needed. Now more than ever, the ELEF is committed to stepping forward to support educational equity for our schools and our students. We need your financial support to help ensure this happens. The ELEF depends on donations from the East Lansing public school community for its support. Please consider matching or exceeding your previous donations to the ELEF for these important changes. We graciously welcome all new donors!
Despite the challenges in our world at this moment we remain hopeful because of the students in our district, the dedication of the teachers in our district, and the support from parents, graduates, businesses, and community members. With your generous donation, we will continue the important work of the East Lansing Educational Foundation in supporting excellence in education for all our students.
Thank you in advance for your generosity. We look forward to being able to say thank you in person soon.
On behalf of the East Lansing Educational Foundation Board of Directors
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