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Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center

aka Lansing Art Gallery   |   Lansing, MI   |  www.lansingartgallery.org

Mission

Founded in 1965, Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center offers opportunities for community members and visitors alike to experience the visual arts through exhibitions, educational programming, and a Gallery Shop featuring Michigan artists. A non-profit organization, management is led by a Board of Directors and staff, who are committed to upholding the mission of the organization to provide “public awareness, education and enjoyment of the visual arts by promoting the works of Michigan artists.“ The gallery offers free admission and accessible entry to the downtown Lansing location at 119 North Washington Square. Serving as one of Michigan's key cultural resources, the gallery and education center provides a forum for self-expression, dialogue, and community engagement.

Ruling year info

1971

Executive Director

Michelle Carlson

Main address

300 S Washington Square Ste 100

Lansing, MI 48933 USA

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EIN

38-1889973

NTEE code info

Visual Arts Organizations (A40)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Exhibitions

The gallery showcases quality art, which represents the diversity of contemporary work currently created by Michigan artists. Throughout our history, we have provided more than 500 free juried visual art exhibitions to the Lansing and statewide community. We are committed to produce work of outstanding quality through a process that is ethical, fair and reasonable.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our retail gallery features the works of over 100 Michigan artists. From fine art to fine craft, the Gallery Shop boasts a large collection of Michigan-made jewelry, glass, sculpture, paintings, pottery, and wearable art ranging in style.
In addition, the Gallery Shop offers a lease to own program, which is a great advantage for artist and patron alike. It provides support to Michigan artists and offers the art collector with a broad selection of fine art available on easy terms.
Clients may lease artwork for up to 6 months, with monthly payments. At the end of six months, they may return the artwork and owe nothing more. If they choose to keep the artwork, they may deduct 100% of the lease payments from the purchase price, pay the balance, and own the artwork.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Education - Lansing Art Gallery, long recognized for its educational mission in the community, coordinates a variety of educational programs. The gallery provides arts education through guided tours and workshops, artist demonstrations, discussions, and instruction experiences for youth and adults. LAG’s education outreach teaches students within all socioeconomic levels the importance of arts and culture and encourages future support and community involvement.
LAG strives to improve the lives of local youth through involvement in the arts; studies show arts involvement can improve participant graduation rates by up to 53% (1999 National Educational Longitudinal Study). The graduation rate for many districts in the Lansing area is 17% below the national average. (Center for Educational Performance and Information). For thirty years, LAG has provided learning opportunities for more than 12,000 young people who have received over 53,500 hours of art instruction.

LAG offers on-site instruction with qualified teaching artists in a dedicated education space which hosts up to fifteen students per session. Workshops are available for all ages and skill levels. Focusing on experimentation and technique, workshops offer creative experiences through a variety of high-quality media and subject matter. On-site instruction includes: guided tour/workshops, Teen and Adult Workshops, and Girl Scout Workshops and Summer Art Camp. For cost-based workshops, LAG offers scholarships.

Art Scholarship Alert (ASA) – For the past thirty years, LAG has coordinated and hosted an annual high school portfolio exhibition and scholarship competition. This competitive process has led to over $100,000 in scholarships awarded at a student reception and award ceremony, over 28,682 portfolios submitted, and 3,500 student artworks exhibited.

Artist in Residence offers free art classes to students in the Lansing area elementary schools, where eighty percent are classified as low income according to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. This program focuses on the opportunity for students to gain instruction from teaching artists, who engage students through media techniques and vocabulary. Additionally, the program offers an opportunity for a docent guided LAG tour and a student art exhibit held at LAG. Participants represent a diverse population in racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

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Goals & Strategy

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Founded in 1965, Lansing Art Gallery (LAG) “provides public awareness, education and enjoyment of the visual arts by promoting the works of Michigan artists.“ LAG Board of Directors and staff are committed to showcasing quality art, which represents the diversity of contemporary work currently created by Michigan artists.

Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center's board members are highly qualified representatives of the community who demonstrate perspectives that align with the organizations goals, strategies, and needs. The board is actively engaged, donating more than hundreds of hours of time annually and working to become fiscally stable through additional fund development, such as annual and legacy giving. We provide readily available information online, including plans and documents, which assist funders in evaluating the organization's legitimacy, organizational health, and operational management.

We are pleased to offer our team's artful expertise to the Capital City! Employees are knowledgeable and serve as resources for the community regarding the arts.
Leadership:
Barb Whitney serves as the Executive Director of Lansing Art Gallery and Education Center, where she is responsible for leadership, management, fund development, and public relations. After fifteen years witnessing art in action, Barb sincerely believes in the power of art to change lives and build community. A passionate arts advocate, Barb presents locally, statewide, and nationally.
The Board must be fiscally responsible, ensuring that the Gallery has sufficient funds to carry out its mission and to build a solid base for the future. steps forward to suggest, manage and promote events to maintain their financial objective. Personal involvement is most evident and essential. Board members have perspectives that align with the organizational goals, strategies, and needs. The board composition blends skill sets, expertise, community connections, and diverse perspectives. Board members are expected to fulfill four dimensions of leadership: governance, giving, ambassadorship, and consulting.

Increased attendance and participation grow annually. In-kind contributions each year include art supplies and materials, equipment, and advertising. Each year, the gallery works to build audience and increase donations, sponsorships, and annual giving. As a part of long-term strategic planning, the gallery will launch a legacy campaign, which will include new opportunities for planned giving.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center

Board of directors
as of 06/05/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Keith Rouse

Michigan State University

Term: 2019 - 2024

Keith Rouse

Michigan State University

Danielle Deneau

Michigan State University Federal Credit Union

Mickey Hadick

AF Group

Becky Ten Brink

Michigan State University

Laurie Lonsdorf

Michigan Small Business Development Center

Kim Long

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

Brian Whitfield

Artist, graphic designer

Rachel Beatty

Hyacinth HouseGraphic Desige

Ryan Ranspach

Finance

Emily Winsninski

Attorney, Foster Swift, Collins

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/5/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/05/2023

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.