Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council and the Old Town Commercial Association are excited to announce a new way to get involved with Old Town Scrapfest 2012 -- Scrappy Bike Racks! This new project brings together artists and scrap metal for an outrageously fun, community-supported event that promotes public art, scrap metal recycling, bicycling and place making in Lansing.
Old Town Commercial Association (OTCA) and Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council (Mid-MEAC) announce the teams accepted to participate in the new Scrappy Bike Rack Project. The bike racks will be displayed at Scrapfest, Friday and Saturday June 22 and 23 during Festival of the Moon (6 p.m. to 11 p.m.) and Festival of the Sun (2 p.m. to 11 p.m.)
OTCA and Mid-MEAC received a $10,000 “Sense of Place in the Arts” grant from Lansing Economic Development Corporation (LEDC) and the Arts Council of Greater Lansing (ACGL) to fund this unique event that promotes public art, scrap metal recycling, bicycling and place-making. The participants include local and emerging artists who are interested in metal arts as well as art & welding students at Lansing Community College.
“This project is an outstanding community arts event that makes art accessible while promoting environmental stewardship, physical fitness and bicycling as a part of place making,” said Julie Powers, executive director of Mid-MEAC. “We appreciate the generosity of the LEDC and ACGL in granting us funds to facilitate a project that provides functional public art to the Greater Lansing community.”
Bike racks must be completed by noon on Friday, June, 22, at which point judging will take place to determine if the bike racks are in compliance with the Scrappy Bike Rack Project’s rules and regulations and meet the City of Lansing’s requirements for bike rack installation. Bike racks that meet all requirements will then be installed at Potter Park Zoo, Impression 5 Science Center, Lansing City Market and Old Town Lansing.
“We are excited about the exposure the Scrappy Bike Rack Project will receive as a result of showcasing the bike racks during the popular Old Town Scrapfest,” said Louise Gradwohl, executive director of OTCA. “These events complement each other perfectly, both spotlighting unique metal art sculptures and green, sustainable events.”