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Dialog E-Newsletter 5/20/22

Dialog E-Newsletter 5/20/22


** Thanks for Staying Connected!
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** 59th Annual East Lansing Art Festival to Take Place May 21-22 in Downtown East Lansing
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The 59th Annual East Lansing Art Festival (ELAF) will bring more than 170 artists and thousands of visitors to downtown East Lansing this weekend, May 21-22, 2022. Festival hours are from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, May 22.

The event will take place on M.A.C. Avenue, from Grand River Avenue to Albert Avenue, and Albert Avenue, from the entrance/exit to the Albert Avenue Garage (the garage will remain accessible to eastbound Albert Avenue traffic) to Bailey Street. The festival site will also include Ann Street Plaza, Fountain Square and the Albert EL Fresco pedestrian space. View the Festival Site Plan (PDF) (http://www.elartfest.com/site-plan) .

The festival will feature art, live music and performances, an artist demonstration area, festival food, a larger-than-life floral installation by Sparrow Bloom Co. and much more! Festival schedules and a listing of artists are available at www.elartfest.com (http://www.elartfest.com/) . The ELAF is a rain-or-shine event; however, festival guests are encouraged to sign up for Nixle alerts to receive notifications in the event of extreme weather. Community members can sign up for Nixle online at https://local.nixle.com/register/ or by texting their zip code to 888777. For those who don’t live in East Lansing, the keyword EASTLANSING can be texted to 888777 to receive local Nixle alerts during the festival weekend. Additional emergency alert and preparedness information is available here (https://cityofeastlansing.com/172/Sign-Up-for-Emergency-Alerts) .

Getting to the Festival
Festival goers can get to the festival by car, bus, bicycle or foot. If traveling by car, almost all downtown parking locations (https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/335/Parking-Locations) will remain accessible during the festival weekend. All downtown parking locations include accessible/barrier-free parking spaces and there will also be an accessible/barrier-free parking area on the east side of the Bailey Street Parking Lot, 139 Bailey St., and at the parking meters along M.A.C. Avenue, north of Albert Avenue.

Community members can also plan to take a Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) bus to the festival via the East Lansing Art Festival Bus Route (https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/DocumentCenter/View/12200/East-Lansing-Art-Festival-Bus-Route-2022-PDF) . The route will operate from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 and 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, with buses running approximately every 10-15 minutes (see the map in the link above for the stops and route). Round-trip fare is 50 cents and children under 42 inches and under ride free with an adult. Exact change is required. All CATA buses have bike racks and wheelchair ramps or lifts for accessibility.

Bicycle racks are also available throughout downtown East Lansing and walking is a great option for those who live close to the festival site.

Learn more about getting to the festival (http://www.elartfest.com/getting-here) .

Festival Street & Lot Closures
Community members are advised that there will be several street and parking lot closures that will be in place from approximately 5 a.m. on Friday, May 20 through approximately 10 p.m. on Sunday, May 22 to accommodate the festival and its setup and tear down. Closures will include:
* the Bailey Street Parking Lot, 139 Bailey St.
* Albert Avenue, from the east edge of the Albert Avenue Garage’s entry/exit to the Bailey intersection
* M.A.C. Avenue, from the south edge of the East Lansing Marriott entrance to the Grand River Avenue intersection
* Grove Street, from the south edge of the entrance to 7-Eleven to the Albert Avenue intersection

The 59th Annual East Lansing Art Festival is supported by grants from the East Lansing Arts Commission and the Michigan Arts and Cultural Council. The ELAF’s Pinnacle Sponsor is Jackson®. The ELAF’s Premier Sponsors are Desk Drawer Fund – A Foundation Supporting the MSUFCU and OU Credit Union Communities and McLaren Health Plan.


** Artist Ndubisi Okoye Painting Mural Honoring Dr. Robert L. Green in Downtown East Lansing
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Artist and multidisciplinary creative Ndubisi Okoye began painting “First Class,” a mural honoring the legacy of legendary civil rights leader Dr. Robert L. Green, earlier this week in downtown East Lansing.

Okoye is a Michigan-based artist operating out of Detroit, Mich. His artworks tell stories in vibrant colors, through a creative combination of symbolism and realism. With his “First Class” mural, Okoye wanted to depict the long struggle for civil rights for Dr. Green, who bravely fought against housing discrimination in East Lansing, spurring local advocacy and ultimately leading to the adoption of a fair housing ordinance by the East Lansing City Council on April 8, 1968. In addition to the mural featuring a portrait of Dr. Green, it will also feature Dr. Green’s historic East Lansing home; a tennis ball, referring to his work with Arthur Ashe in South Africa to help end apartheid; and a football, relating to his time working with athletes throughout the Big Ten and advocating for justice in coaching recruiting practices. The mural will also include a Spartan logo, referring to Dr. Green’s profound legacy at Michigan State University as an advocate, esteemed alum, professor and MSU’s
first Black dean; and a “313,” which is Detroit’s area code, where Dr. Green was born and worked to make improvements to the local school system.

“I hope that this mural brings attention and awareness to the barriers Dr. Green broke, how he transformed the City of East Lansing and how we (Black and Brown folks) benefit from the work he's done,” said Okoye. “He's one of the many icons whose shoulders I stand on. My hope is to give him the honor and respect he deserves with this mural!”

Okoye graduated from College for Creative Studies in Detroit in 2015 with a B.F.A. in Advertising Design. Before graduating, he began his career working as an art director for many advertising agencies in Detroit. His client roster includes General Motors, Chevrolet and Chrysler. Before accepting his first role in the industry, Okoye began working independently as a multidisciplinary creative. Since then, he's been simultaneously specializing in vibrant mural painting, custom hand lettering and thought-provoking illustrations. These clients include Universal Music Group, Pepsi, Netflix, Warner Bros, Adobe and HGTV. He is now a senior art director and continues to find ways to blend and excel in every design discipline he chooses.

Okoye’s “First Class” mural will measure 23 feet wide by 23 feet tall at completion and was commissioned by the East Lansing Arts Commission and selected by the East Lansing Art Selection Panel following a Request for Proposals that garnered 46 artist submissions for a downtown East Lansing mural highlighting East Lansing’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. The mural is being painted above the entrance/exit for the Albert Avenue Garage, 188 Albert Ave., with plans to have it completed by the culmination of the East Lansing Art Festival weekend. The mural schedule will be dependent on weather. This mural project is being funded by the Percent for Art program’s Public Art Fund.

East Lansing’s Percent for Art program (Ordinance No. 1339) requires developers to commit one percent of their project’s cost (with a $25,000 cap) to public art, through the installation of a piece of public art within their project, the donation of a piece of public art to the City of East Lansing or through a payment to the City’s Public Art Fund for future commissions of public art.


** Third Installment of "Life is a Groovy Opportunity" Mural Underway in Downtown East Lansing
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The third installment of the “Life is a Groovy Opportunity” mural project is currently being painted on the north-facing wall of the Division Street Garage in downtown East Lansing.

This multi-year mural project began in 2019 and is the result of a collaboration between the Michigan State University (MSU) Department of Art, Art History and Design, East Lansing Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and City of East Lansing. The mural project offers a space for MSU students, faculty and alumni to collaborate with fellow creatives, each bringing their own influence to make an artistic statement in the community. Contributing artists for the third installation include: Associate Professor Benjamin Duke, Joan Bambery, Mei Kiengsiri, Kiel Darling, Adeline Newmann and Shirin Abedinirad.

"This project is a fantastic collaboration between MSU, the DDA and the City,” said East Lansing Arts Programming & Creative Placemaking Specialist Wendy Sylvester-Rowan. “The mural certainly adds to the vibrancy of the downtown district and gives the community another wonderful spot to gather. Ben Duke and the team of artists have absolutely transformed the space with bright colors and dynamic images."

The artists have been painting the third installment over the past two weeks, with plans to have it completed in time for the East Lansing Art Festival this weekend.

The “Life is a Groovy Opportunity” mural project is funded by the East Lansing DDA and MSU.


** Albert EL Fresco Open for the Summer in Downtown East Lansing
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The grand reopening for the Albert EL Fresco pedestrian-friendly area took place last Thursday, May 12, and the space is now open and available for community members to enjoy throughout the summer on Albert Avenue, between Abbot Road and M.A.C. Avenue, in downtown East Lansing.

The space includes outdoor seating and tables, shade amenities, hammocks and decorative lighting. A variety of programs will also be hosted throughout the summer in the space, including game nights, outdoor yoga, live music and more.

Community members will also have the opportunity to participate in a new program this summer, titled Take-Out Tuesdays. Every Tuesday beginning May 31, community members who order take-out from a participating downtown business and enjoy it in the Albert EL Fresco space will have the opportunity to have their name entered into a drawing to win a $100 DNA eGift Card (https://app.yiftee.com/gift-card/east-lansing) . Community members can visit www.cityofeastlansing.com/AlbertELFresco to learn more about how to participate in Take-Out-Tuesdays! Also, during Take-Out Tuesdays, several downtown East Lansing retail and service businesses will be selling their goods and services from market tents set up in the Albert EL Fresco space.

Community members are reminded that both lanes of Albert Avenue, from just east of the Albert Avenue Garage’s entry/exit to M.A.C. Avenue, will be closed to traffic throughout the summer to accommodate the Albert EL Fresco space. The Albert Avenue Garage, 188 Albert Ave., remains accessible to eastbound Albert Avenue traffic from Abbot Road and the Grove Street Garage, 330 Grove St., remains accessible to northbound and southbound Abbot Road traffic by taking Linden Street to Grove Street. Additional downtown parking information is available at www.cityofeastlansing.com/parkingdowntown.

To keep up-to-date on the latest Albert EL Fresco happenings and events, community members are encouraged to visit www.cityofeastlansing.com/AlbertELFresco and like/follow downtown East Lansing on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/DowntownEastLansing) , Twitter (https://twitter.com/DowntownEL) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/downtowneastlansing) .


** City Clerk's Office Provides Important Information for Upcoming Elections and Updates on New Voter ID Cards, Redistricting
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The East Lansing City Clerk’s Office is busy preparing for both the August 2, 2022 State Primary Election and the November 8, 2022 State General Election.

A dual absentee voter (AV) ballot application is now available for registered voters to request ballots be sent to them via mail for both elections. The dual application has been mailed to voters who are on the East Lansing Automatic Application List. Voters can also conveniently apply for an AV ballot online at michigan.gov/vote or request an application from the City Clerk’s Office. AV ballots will be available for in-person absentee voting by June 20, at the City Clerk’s Office, 410 Abbot Road. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Clerk’s Office will not be operating a satellite location for the Primary Election in August, but will offer a rotating satellite office for all East Lansing voters on the MSU campus for the General Election in the fall. This satellite office will be offered in addition to the Clerk's main office. The Clerk’s Office is excited to pilot this satellite office, which will rotate to four different campus locations (one per week). Be sure to look for more information on the rotating satellite office as the General Election draws near!

Voters who plan to vote absentee from home for the August Primary Election can register to vote online through July 18 and apply for an AV ballot online at michigan.gov/vote. Once an AV ballot is received and voted, East Lansing voters can drop them off in person at the City Clerk’s Office or at one of four secure ballot drop boxes, located at East Lansing City Hall, the East Lansing Public Library, the East Lansing Department of Public Works and the MSU-CATA Transportation Center. If mailing back a voted AV ballot, the return envelope will include pre-paid postage and voters are encouraged to allow at least two weeks for delivery. All AV ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

East Lansing polling locations will be open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. on Election Day for in-person voting and voters must show a picture ID or affidavit attesting they are not in possession of a picture ID before voting. For more information, visit the City Clerk's Elections webpage (https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/192/Election-Info) .

Redistricting and New Voter ID Cards
All registered voters in the City of East Lansing will soon receive a new voter ID card in the mail as required by law for Michigan’s redistricting process. When voters receive their new voter ID card in the mail, they should be sure to look over the information carefully, detach at all perforations and save for future reference. The card is not required for voting.

Please be advised that some residences will receive voter ID cards in the mail for voters who no longer live at those residences. If this happens, please mark “unknown” and place it back in the mail to the City Clerk’s Office. By federal law, this allows the City Clerk to legally start the cancellation process.

After the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission and the Clinton and Ingham County Apportionment Commissions completed their new district maps, the East Lansing City Council adopted Policy Resolution 2022-2 (https://cityofeastlansing.com/DocumentCenter/View/12206/PR2022-2-Resolution-Establishing-East-Lansing-Voting-Precincts-and-Polling-Locations-PDF) , which was recommended by the East Lansing Election Commission. This policy resolution approved the recommended precinct boundary changes and maintained the established polling places for the City of East Lansing, as required by Michigan Election Law. The precinct boundary changes are for the lines for Precincts 10, 12 and 13 to eliminate splits created by the adopted maps of the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission and the Ingham County Apportionment Commission. There were no changes to the current polling locations. The new precinct map can be found here
(https://www.cityofeastlansing.com/DocumentCenter/View/7383/New-Voting-Districts-2022-PDF?bidId=) . The list of current polling locations can be found here (https://cityofeastlansing.com/205/Polling-Locations) .

Community members with questions regarding voter ID cards or redistricting can call the City Clerk’s Office directly at (517) 319-6914.


** City of East Lansing Recognized for Environmental Leadership
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The City of East Lansing has been recognized for environmental leadership by the statewide Michigan Green Communities (MGC) program.

As part of the 2021 MGC Challenge, 44 participating local governments were awarded gold, silver, or bronze seals of achievement reflecting community leadership in areas such as energy efficiency, climate adaptation and resilience, recycling, environmental justice and more. Ten communities received bronze certification, 12 received silver certification, and 22 received gold certification.

The City of East Lansing achieved gold status for exemplary action in multiple categories, including planning, economic development, land use, climate resilience, climate adaptation, energy efficiency, renewable energy, materials management (i.e. recycling, composting, waste diversion), water conservation and protection, clean mobility and community engagement. The City of East Lansing's partnership with Lansing on the opening of the region's first Material Recovery Facility for recycling, the East Lansing Water Resource Recovery Facility digester project and the community solar project at Burcham Park are all great examples of larger environmental projects that helped the City to achieve gold status. Additional points of pride include the City's curbside and drop-off recycling programs, Green Building Policy and Climate Sustainability Plan.

The MGC program is open to all local governments in Michigan, at no cost. MGC is a sustainability networking, benchmarking and technical assistance program. It guides and supports communities in adapting to a changing climate, protecting infrastructure, improving the quality of life for residents and creating a more environmentally and economically sustainable future for the state of Michigan. MGC is supported by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy; the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services; the Michigan Economic Development Corporation; the Michigan Association of Counties; the Michigan Municipal League; and the Michigan Townships Association. More details about this program can be found at www.migreencommunities.com (https://migreencommunities.com/) .


** Simple Recycling Resumes Operation in East Lansing
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Simple Recycling - a free home pickup service for clothing, shoes and small home goods - has resumed operation in East Lansing.

Previously, Simple Recycling had followed the City’s recycling schedule and appointments were not needed. Now, residents should note that they will need to make a pickup request through the Simple Recycling website (https://simplerecycling.com/) . Simple Recycling bags are also no longer required. Residents can just fill any bags or boxes, label them and place them outside their front door on the day of their scheduled pickup. Community members can learn more about how the program works and schedule a pickup at www.simplerecycling.com (https://simplerecycling.com/) .

Items in good repair can also be donated to local charities.
On Monday, May 16, the City of East Lansing hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the completion of the White Park Trail Extension Project. The project wouldn't have been possible without awarded funds from the Ingham County Trails and Parks Millage and a Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Learn more about the project (https://cityofeastlansing.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1677) .


** Memorial Day Wreath-Laying Ceremony
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In honor of Memorial Day, community members are invited to attend a wreath-laying ceremony at East Lansing’s Medal of Honor Memorial and Veterans Monument on Thursday, May 26 at 10:30 a.m. at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road. Learn more (https://cityofeastlansing.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1685) .


** Albert Avenue Closure Next Week
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Motorists are advised that Albert Avenue, between Charles Street and M.A.C. Avenue, will be closed May 23-25. The closure will be in place each day from approximately 8 a.m.-5 p.m. to accommodate the installation of two banners on the pedestrian skywalk in downtown East Lansing. Learn more (https://cityofeastlansing.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1683) .


** Opening Day of East Lansing Farmers Market is June 5
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Community members are encouraged to mark their calendars for opening day of the East Lansing Farmers Market (ELFM), taking place Sunday, June 5! The 2022 ELFM season will run from June 5-Oct. 30 on Sundays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Valley Court Park, 280 Valley Court. Learn more (https://cityofeastlansing.com/213/Farmers-Market) .

A "We're Hiring!" graphic is pictured with the City of East Lansing seal.
The City of East Lansing currently has the following full-time, part-time and seasonal employment openings:
* Administrative Secretary - Planning, Building & Development
* Code Compliance Officer - Planning, Building & Development
* Director - Finance Department
* Engineering Technician II
* Journeyman Electrician - Water Resource Recovery Facility
* Parking Maintenance Technician
* Police Officer
* Police Social Worker
* Public Service Employee - Public Works
* Water Resource Recovery Facility Process Control Specialist
* Before and After School Child Care Aide
* Customer Service Associate - East Lansing Hannah Community Center
* Fitness Instructor - Parks, Recreation & Arts
* P.A.C.E. Officer
* Parking Ambassadors
* Police Cadet
* School Age Site Leader
* Youth Art Instructor with Ceramics Emphasis
* Adult School Crossing Guard
* Community Events/Farmers Market Lead Intern
* Farmers Market Intern
* Lifeguards - East Lansing Family Aquatic Center
* Soccer Complex Field Minor
* Temporary Summer Positions - Public Works

View the job descriptions and apply at www.cityofeastlansing.com/jobs (https://cityofeastlansing.com/jobs.aspx) .

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