Urban Mural Project (Crack Art)

As part of the City of East Lansing's public art program, the East Lansing Arts Commission (ELAC) has launched a new initiative entitled the East Lansing Urban Mural Project. This project encourages artists, business owners and City government to work together to improve the overall aesthetic environment of East Lansing by installing mini murals on public property.

The ELAC is encouraging artists to install small-scale installations in unexpected locations throughout the community. These small-scale installations have unofficially been termed "crack art." "Crack art" is created when an artist uses the existing physical environment, such as a crack in a wall, a retaining wall, a bollard, etc, as the inspiration for mural design. The goal is to improve the overall aesthetic environment by installing spontaneous public art.

Approval Process

All murals must be located on public property and must be approved at a public meeting of the East Lansing Arts Commission by submitting an application for review. Download the Urban Mural Guidelines (Crack Art) Guidelines and Application (PDF).

Submission of Proposals

Please submit applications and attachments by email, or mail to:
East Lansing Arts Commission
410 Abbot Road
East Lansing, MI 48823


For additional information, contact (517) 319-6940, or email us.
Urban Mural Project Graphic
Example of Crack Art - Camel Caravan