MSUToday
Published: Feb. 5, 2019

MSU Broad seeks creative thinkers to transform Art Lab

Contact(s): Morgan Butts Broad Art Museum office: (517) 884-3909 cell: (517) 884-3909 buttsmor@msu.edu

The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University is seeking creative thinkers and makers to collaborate and transform its MSU Art Lab in East Lansing.

If people have ideas for a creative performance, workshop or event, they can bring it to life inside this community-drive space. The community is invited to an Open Call Idea Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Art Lab, where individuals can workshop ideas for the space, find other collaborators or allow the creative conversations to spark new inspiration. 

The Community Open Call is an experimental platform that invites the community to initiate the unique arts and cultural programming inside the MSU Broad Art Lab. Creative thinkers from all backgrounds and disciplines are invited to propose their vision for the Art Lab as a studio, gallery, performance space or something completely new. The space was created for the community, and the Open Call initiative is intended to empower individuals to take ownership of that. 

“The Community Open Call exemplifies engagement by challenging traditional notions of the relationship between a museum and its community,” said Michelle Word, director of education at the MSU Broad. “It transforms engagement into an active partnership, giving agency to the audience and fostering a community of participants who co-create museum programming.”

Anyone who has an idea for the space can fill out an application online. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and will be reviewed by a diverse committee composed of community representatives, including Ben Graham, marketing and visual strategy guru; Kate Cosgove, illustrator; Jaideep Singh, experimental nuclear physics professor; Charles Frost, MSU art student and more. The committee also includes a selection of MSU Broad staff. 

The Open Call initiative is made possible by a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. 

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