Highlights from Creative Placemaking Summit 1
October 8, 2015
It was day of sessions and keynote speakers, panels and talks, sharing and questioning, and in the end, everybody was ready to take the next step, make a move—make Lansing shine bigger than it already does.
A big piece of that take-away grew out of a feeling—a feeling that was evoked through an emotional, soulful spoken-word performance given by Suban Nur-Cooley, a local writer, poet and performer. Suban was commissioned to attend the day and listen to what folks said about Lansing and place, and then she was to create a spoken-word piece that reflected what she heard.
And that she did.
Click below to read Suban's spoken word, which she reminds us is meant to "be spoken." So don't just read it. Get in front of your mirror, and give yourself a show! Speak your praises to Lansing--Our Lansing.
To commemorate and build on Suban's words, the Arts Council later commissioned artist Deb Cholewicki of E. Lansing’s Grove Gallery to create a woven sculpture that combined elements of the spoken piece. Deb took the challenge, and that sculpture was recently completed and delivered to the Arts Council where it is now on display.