As deal nears completion, community members raise concerns
An agreement between the City of East Lansing and MSU’s Art, Art History and Design department to turn curatorial control of (SCENE) Metrospace over to MSU seems all but inevitable at this point. But as the deal nears completion, members of the East Lansing community — especially the East Lansing Arts Commission — have raised concerns about the arrangement.
For its part, the city seems to be treating the gallery as if this is a done deal. City Pulse reported in January that former (SCENE) Metrospace curator Tim Lane was leaving the gallery and had accepted other positions with the city. In an April 9 memo from Tim McCaffrey, director of parks and recreation, to City Manager George Lahanas, McCaffrey explained that the lighting and sound equipment at (SCENE) had been on long-term loan from “a private individual,” and that person chose to take the equipment back when he learned of the proposed deal.
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