Art Lab

565 E Grand River Ave., East Lansing, MI 48823

The Art Lab Community Open Call invites creative thinkers from the Mitten State to propose ideas that we will help bring to life.

The Studio is (in)Process! Drop in on Thursdays from 6–9pm to experiment with materials and processes in this hands-on art-making experience. $8 gets you the material + instruction to start creating.

Check out our calendar for upcoming events, artist-led workshops, and more.

Shop a selection of unique art supplies, gifts, home goods, and more.

Host your next event at the Art Lab! Contact Alysia at for pricing, availability, and more information.

Mining the Collection, the inaugural Art Lab exhibition.


This is your space. How will you define it?

Join us as co-conspirators! Do you have a performance, workshop, or series of events in need of a home? Are you looking for a place to share your creative or scholarly research? Want to test an idea in progress? Submit your proposal to the Community Open Call, a new initiative that invites creative thinkers from the Mitten State to propose ideas that we will help bring to life.

We accept Open Call applications on a rolling basis. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit as early as possible and keep in mind that we have three planning cycles per year: January–April, May–August, September–December. All proposals will be reviewed by the Open Call Advisory Committee, a team composed of members of the Greater Lansing Community, MSU Broad, and Michigan State University. Application review deadlines are Nov. 20, 2018, Feb. 28, 2019, and July 31, 2019.

This initiative is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Click here to submit your application >


The MSU Broad Art Lab pilot project welcomes the MSU and greater Lansing community to experiment with us as we break outside the confines of the museum walls. Offering unprecedented access to our growing collection of nearly 8,000 objects, this laboratory houses exhibitions, workshops, events, and social gatherings designed for individual and collective interactions with art and culture.

A testing ground by design, the Art Lab is a space where looking, learning, and socializing become tools for the community to generate innovative responses to the shared needs of our time. Through an ongoing series of open calls, the Art Lab offers an experimental platform to propose ideas, events, and collaborations that are inspired by our collective interests. Great ideas come from listening to a range of voices.

Welcome to the Art Lab.

Located directly across the street from the museum at 565 E Grand River Ave., East Lansing, MI 48823. The Art Lab is open to the public Tuesday–Sunday, 12–4pm. Get directions >

When we’re not hosting our own experiments, the Art Lab is open to the community for your next professional workshop, brainstorming retreat, business meeting, or special event. Contact Alysia LaBonte at (517) 884-4815 or to discuss the possibilities.

See what's happening at the Art Lab >


Michigan State University and the MSU Broad gratefully thank the MSU Federal Credit Union for its support in the creation of the Art Lab.


Additional thanks:

Blick Art Materials, City of East Lansing, Cron Management, Epson, Ingham County / Arts Council of Greater Lansing, and MSU Office of the Provost, College of Arts & Letters, and Arts & Cultural Management and Museum Studies