The Dewitt Creativity Group is a united effort on behalf of the creatively-minded students at DHS to ensure continued innovation and expression in all forms.

Old Town Riverbash!



 June 8th from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.


A Celebration Promoting Creativity and Inclusion

For students, dedicated to parents

and teachers

Riverbash was first introduced to Old Town Lansing in 2011 by the DeWitt Creativity Group (DCG). Following the event, the DCG was given a Proclamation from the City of Lansing for their unrelenting efforts to utilize Lansing as a learning environment for students of all ages while at the same time promoting Old Town’s revitalizations efforts by exposing people to local businesses and by utilizing the talents of young people. This year will be the 10 year anniversary of the original vision of Riverbash launched by the DCG in DeWitt in 2008.


This event was created as a unifying initiative to introduce people to Old Town and all it has to offer while also promoting creative and “educational” placemaking in order to enhance economic prosperity, creative expression, and diversity and inclusion. This year the bash is back (#thebashisback) and the DeWitt Creativity Group and Creative Leadership class would like to extend a special invitation to all families in and around the Lansing area as well surrounding K-12 school districts, especially those individuals affiliated with education.


Old Town will serve as a unique backdrop where students are encouraged to showcase their talents while working together to amplify an educational culture that promotes community partnerships, creative expression, collaboration, and social and emotional well-being. By integrating and supporting students as co-collaborators and community leaders we can begin to grow the talent pipeline throughout the state and continue to expose people to unique learning opportunities where they feel supported, empowered, and inspired. The Old Town Commercial Association and the Greater Lansing Arts Council also embrace this mindset and have been generous in offering their assistance in promoting this event in efforts to ensure visitors can enjoy a safe and memorable celebration on the last day of school.


What better way to enjoy the last day of school than to grab a bite to eat with friends and family at one of the many Old Town restaurants. After dinner treat yourself to ice cream at the Artic Corner, serving Lansing since 1953 and home to Michigan’s best Lemon soft serve. Find a piece of sidewalk and leave your mark with chalk art, play yard games with family members or a group of friends, participate in a scavenger hunt, or go have a laugh at the ladder with the “Act As If..,” Improv Troupe. Note: This is a pet friendly event so feel free to bring your dogs. There will plenty to see and do throughout the evening. Some of the initiatives include:

Lawn Games (for all ages all evening)
Kids Arts and Crafts and Game Area
Entertainment from the "Act As If" Improv Troupe (Laughs at the Brenke Fish Ladder)
A Photo Scavenger Hunt for Children (Note: This event starts at 7:00 p.m. at the Clark Hill Law Office Patio)
Independent Music Artist, Alex Ovenhouse, Composing Youth, and others throughout the evening perform at the Turner Street Park
Yoga in the Park
Sidewalk Chalk Art
Poetry Reading (at 7:00 p.m. at the Brenke Fish Ladder)
Karaoke at Sir Pizza from 8:00 -9:00 p.m.
Open Air Painting "River Prize" Contest with a grand prize of $500 (Prizes Awarded at the Turner Street Park around 7:45)

Come to Old Town to eat, shop, create, and connect with friends in celebrating a successful school year while embracing the first days of summer.Activities will get underway on the last day of school Friday, June 8th at 5:00 p.m. It has been a long winter and a long school year and it’s time to celebrate both of them being over. Come to Riverbash in Old Town and relax… you deserve it.

Mark your calendars for this FREE event and come celebrate another

successful school year while embracing the first days of summer.