WCC student Damien Lamberti paints a worn fire hydrant at the Lake Shore Apartments in Ypsilanti Township. (Photo by CJ South)


Students in the Washtenaw Community College Basic Design course during the spring/summer semester had a chance to express their creativity in a very unique and inspiring way—while benefitting the Ypsilanti Township community at the same time.

Under the direction of WCC instructor Jill Jepsen, WCC students painted worn fire hydrants at the Lake Shore Apartments in Ypsilanti Township.

The complex was a recipient of a community arts project which was then introduced to the college by Brenda Stumbo, Ypsilanti Township Supervisor.

WCC students began the design process by researching Ypsilanti’s history and culture and then matched the way they designed their hydrants to reflect what they learned.

“Adding art to an outside space makes it available for everyone, not just the wealthy or art collectors,” said Jepsen.

“By painting these fire hydrants, we hope the residents of the Lake Shore apartments will continue to take pride in their neighborhood and see the value of bringing arts into the community.”