MessageMakers Attends CQI Academy

The MessageMakers team is always thrilled to take on new learning opportunities to evolve and hone their skill sets as much as possible. Continuous learning is key to personal growth and success, that’s why MessageMakers President, Terry Terry, thought it to be essential for the team to participate in the Capital Quality and Innovation Academy.

Emmy Nomination for MessageMakers

MessageMakers was given the great honor of receiving a Michigan Emmy nomination for their work on the 2016 documentary, Second Shift: From Crisis to Collaboration. They were nominated in the category for Best Documentary - Historical.

President and Executive Producer, Terry Terry, along with Director, Tom Lietz, and Director of Photography, Rob Sumbler, attended the 36th annual Emmy Awards of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences on June 18, 2018. 

Rob Sumbler (left) and Tom Lietz (right) at the Michigan Emmy Award Ceremony

Second Shift: From Crisis to Collaboration tells the compelling story of how the city of Lansing saved itself in the early 2000’s. When GM was prepared to leave Lansing, leaders of the community convinced them to invest billions instead.

MessageMakers Terry Terry Receives Creative Community Award

This past December, the Arts Council of Greater Lansing awarded MessageMakers President, Terry Terry, with the 2018 Creative Community Award. This award recognizes those who have spearheaded creative placemaking, supported culture and advocated for creativity in the Greater Lansing area.

CATALYST: Capital Region Prosperity Project

CATALYST: Capital Region Prosperity Project is coming on Tuesday, October 21st at the Lansing Center from 8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. Business owners, young professionals and community activists are invited to join others from Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties to be a catalyst for rapid, positive progress towards prosperity for our region, and to contribute to a five-year Economic Prosperity Plan.

Michigan BluesFest 2014

Join us for the 2014 Michigan Bluesfest! The festival includes live performances from many bands including Sharrie Williams, Champagne & the Motor City Blues Crew, Greg Nagy, and The Big Boss Blues Band.

What to expect? An expansive beverage tent, music clinics, Kidzbeat, ethnic food vendors, and most importantly – 5 STAGES of LIVE music!

The festival will be held the weekend of September 19th & 20th, Friday & Saturday.

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Lansing JazzFest

Our president Terry and two friends at Lansing JazzFest. Photo by GrandJazzFest. 

Lansing JazzFest celebrated its 20th anniversary on August 4th in Old Town Lansing. After a crazy hailstorm in the late afternoon, JazzFest welcomed the sunset and an audience of over 10,000 people with live music, local food, and delicious beverages.

Welcoming a New Eye for Graphic Design

Four years ago, Lisa Twenter worked as a Graphic Design intern with MessageMakers. Once her internship ended, she continued to explore other opportunities and fine-tune her skills. Fortunately for MessageMakers, she kept in contact and returned this past May to take on a full-time role as graphic designer.

Terry Terry Appointed to Film Office Advisory Council

President Terry Terry was appointed to the Michigan Film Office Advisory Council (MFOAC). The three-year appointment by Governor Rick Snyder represents a significant responsibility for shaping the direction of Michigan’s film industry. The Council has an advisory role for the Film Office’s $50 million annual incentive fund for qualified Michigan film and digital media productions.

Exploring China

China Trade Mission

Our President Terry Terry and Controller Sophia Cheng joined Governor Snyder’s China Trade Mission to gain a better understanding of the opportunity and diversity within the Chinese market.

We had a fulfilling trip, arranging 15 meetings in Shanghai, Beijing, and Chongqing with top officials from growing Chinese companies in the fields of public relations, marketing, event production, video and television production, and export related services.