Brandon Navin, founder of art collective Artist’s Umbrella, dies

LANSING — Brandon Navin had a way of making everyone he spoke to feel important and loved, his friends and family said.

It didn’t matter how long Navin, a fixture in the Lansing arts community and the executive director and founder of the Artist’s Umbrella — a Lansing-based art collective — had known someone. They were immediately important to him.

“He just loved really really big,” said Julie Gloden, Navin’s mother. “He was always trying to lift people and guide them. He encountered every person that came his way with an open heart and open arms.”

Navin, 50, died Friday, sparking an outpouring of grief from the Lansing community and flooding social media with memories of and messages to Navin.

Artist’s Umbrella: An inside look at the Artist’s Umbrella, a local collective uniting creatives in the city

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