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Ike Papale: The Legacy of Lau Hala Hat Weaving Traditions in Hawaii: A Collaborative Research and Exhibition Project Developed by the Bishop Museum and the MSU Museum

This project is designed to document and present the diverse cultural expressions along “The Ave”—the Michigan Avenue/Grand River Avenue corridor that links MSU/EL with Lansing. This is a cultural economic development initiative that is designed to advance the vitality and livability of the Greater Lansing community. Plans include the creation of “nodes” of identity and creativity along the corridor and to foster improved collaboration between the campus, Lansing, East Lansing, and the larger Greater Lansing area. Improved wayfinding, public art programming, and enhanced understanding of the cultural assets of the area are anticipated outcomes. This is part of the Cultural Economic Development Plan that was developed under the leadership of the Arts Council of Greater Lansing.


  • MSU Residential College of Arts and Humanities
  • MSU College of Communication, Arts, and Sciences
  • Arts Council of Greater Lansing
  • Greater Lansing Convention and Visitor Center
  • LEAP
  • MSU University Outreach and Engagement

C. Kurt Dewhurst serves on the leadership team and was one of the PIs on the grant. 


  • Arts Council of Greater Lansing


C. Kurt Dewhurst

Director for Arts and Cultural Partnerships, Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship
Curator of Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Michigan State University Museum
Professor, Department of English
University Outreach and Engagement Campus Senior Fellow

Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship