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TMSG: Students Reach Out to Discover Art

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - A creative, after-school Lansing program is helping students reach out to discover art.

"Gets me out of the house and involved in the community and it's a great experience," said Shayna Walker, 15.

An experience shared by 17-year-old Wesley Castillo.

They're both students of Reach Studio Art Center in Reo Town. The non-profit organization connects at-risk kids with local artists. Together, they design new artistic works for the community, all while crafting creative life skills.

"At Reach, they let you go out there and be you. We're showing our work, that's really exciting," said Wesley.

The excitement this time literally revolves around acclaimed glass artist Craig Mitchell Smith of Okemos, who's working with the Reach students on a fun planetary project.

"This is truly the kids design, I'm just helping them get there. We're doing a radiant sun, all eight planets. We wanted to do Pluto, but it was demoted," said Smith.
     
But their work will soon be promoted on display in downtown Lansing for everyone to star gaze at.

"Hanging at Impression 5 Science Center and people will be able to walk through and see the solar system," said Emily Nott, the Reach coordinator.

They'll also be able to see just how integral the arts can be for building better communities and relationships. Thanks to this program's outreach, they're finding it in truly an out of this world way.

The Reach planetary project will be on display at I-5 next month.

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