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Press Release

Matt Bach, Director of Communications
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317;

For Immediate Release: June 26, 2012

League Unveils Art Sculpture Videomason county sculpture trail

Mason County Sculpture Trail Exemplifies the Positive Impact of Placemaking


A new video showing how art is bringing Mason County communities together and boosting the local economy was recently produced by the Michigan Municipal League. The release of the video coincides with the dedication of two new sculptures that will join nine others already existing in the community, creating what will be known as the Mason County Sculpture Trail.

The new video, which can be viewed at, features Mason County officials talking about the origins of the sculpture trail and its positive impact on the communities of Ludington, Scottville, Custer, Free Soil and Fountain. The League strongly supports projects like the sculpture trail because research shows that people want to live, work and play in communities with a strong arts and culture base. The League has identified cultural economic development as one of the eight vital placemaking assets that make up vibrant communities.

“The Michigan Municipal League has been talking about placemaking for a long time and now we’re to a point where there are many examples of placemaking taking place throughout Michigan. But many people may not know that these types of things exist in our state. This video is the first of many we plan to make to show the rest of the world what placemaking is doing for Michigan communities,” said Dan Gilmartin, League CEO and Executive Director.

The new sculptures in Mason County will be introduced June 29. “Flights of Learning” will be dedicated at the Ludington Library at 4:30 p.m. with John Bracey, Executive Director of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs giving the keynote address.

“The Rearing Horse Memory Pole” dedication will follow at 6 p.m. at the Mason County Fairgrounds with featured speakers Gorden Wenk, Deputy Director, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and Arnold Weinfeld, Director, Strategic Initiatives & Federal Affairs, Michigan Municipal League.

“We are extremely appreciative of the League for producing this video,” said Dr. William Anderson, Chairman of the Cultural Economic Development Task Force. “We are so proud of the hard work and generosity of our community to make our sculpture trail a reality, and it’s an honor to see others recognize our efforts to improve our quality of life and economic opportunities.”

 About the League: The Michigan Municipal League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services.



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