Citizen Storytellers


The City of Lansing values the voices of its residents and seeks to elevate them to share stories about what makes Lansing great. Citizen Storytellers is an initiative of the Department of Neighborhoods and Citizen Engagement that was launched in summer of 2018 to provide residents with a platform to share their Lansing story. There are currently 3 programs in which residents can participate:

The Lansing Ward History Project


The Lansing Ward History Project is a partnership between the City of Lansing Department of Neighborhoods and Citizen Engagement and the Local History department of Capital Area District Libraries (CADL). The goal of the project is to engage Lansing residents in helping to research the history of their Ward and to share that research on the newly redesigned Lansing Neighborhoods website. To learn how you can participate, click here.

Neighborhood Stories



Newly launched in summer of 2018, Neighborhood Stories is a citizen journalism blog featuring articles written by Lansing residents about local businesses, events, community groups, and local residents. To learn more about the Neighborhoods Stories blog and how you can contribute, click this form.

2018 Lansing Photo Contest



The City of Lansing 2018 Photo Contest is a city-wide photo contest where participants can submit up to 5 photos that they have taken in Lansing and win prizes. This year’s theme is “Hidden Gems of Lansing” and is meant to celebrate all that is unique, undiscovered, and beautiful in each of the four wards in Lansing. Participants should think creatively about their entries! Photos should be of hidden gems in the city, not major landmarks. Winning photos will be featured on the newly redesigned Lansing Neighborhoods website and kept on display at the Cedar Street Art Collective through the end of the year. Runner-up photos will be kept on display at the city community centers through the end of the year. Winners will also receive gift card prizes. To submit an entry to the contest, click here.








The Lansing Ward History Project flyer
Visit the traveling gallery for the 2018 Lansing Photo contest and vote for your favorite photo!