What is MICA?

The Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art (MICA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that serves as a catalyst for community development through quality arts programming. MICA’s arts programming includes MICA Gallery, Grand American Fish Rodeo, Lansing JazzFest, Michigan BluesFest, and Burning Desires.

Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art was incorporated in 1984 as the North Lansing Art Association. In 1992, the name was changed to Business and Art Development Association of Historic North Lansing. In 1994, the name became Old Town Business & Art Development Association. More recently, the name has changed to Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art.

MICA has been successfully producing arts programming (such as the snake rodeo, art golf, and Burning Desires poetry reading) and music festivals (such as the Lansing JazzFest and the Michigan BluesFest) in Old Town Lansing since 1984. In 2003, MICA was chosen to receive the 18th annual ArtServe Michigan Governor’s Award for Arts and Culture in the Business Honor Roll category; in 2004, MICA received the Statewide Arts Award from the Michigan Association of Community Arts Agencies.

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