Project Re-stART Unveiling

October 28, 2015 - 4:00pm
Location: 
3100 West Saginaw Highway
Lansing, MI
United States

At 4 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28, 2015, the College of Engineering, Peckham, Inc., and RCAH will celebrate the unveiling of Project Re-stART at 3100 W. Saginaw Highway. All are welcome to this public event.

What is Project Re-stART?

In 2012, a group of Peckham youth came together to explore the many ways that they could support the city of Lansing. They explored numerous projects, but unanimously decided that improving the appearance of an abandoned factory lot in the Greater Lansing community was their primary goal. The more than 100 young people involved with this project had juvenile records and wanted to find a way to be engaged in the community, despite their past offenses. Peckham reached out to RCAH and the College of Engineering to explore opportunities to collaborate, and students and faculty met regularly with Peckham's youth to design an inspirational art form for a public space. Throughout the process, Peckham gained support from the local 30th Judicial Circuit Court – Family Division, who adjusted schedules to allow local youth to be involved with the project. Over the course of the partnership, the vision and art mediums for this project morphed from mural paintings,  to graffiti art, to what we have today – 12 mosaicked barricades serving as the foundation for an installation boldly displaying images and messages of hope.