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Valerie Allen

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January 24, 2011

As a professional artist and retail sales/guest services manager for Midland Center for the Arts, I find Artserve MIchigan Inc. to be a leader in compiling and presenting resources for the benefit of the artistic community of Michigan.
This past October, I was a participating artist in Artprize 2010 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Artserve Michigan was a visible and active supporter of this international event. I had the pleasure to meet, Cezanne Charles, Director of Creative Industries, during a seminar for artists on the business of art. Her knowledge and enthusiasm was compelling. Artserve Michigan was responsible for collaborating with the New York Arts Foundation to bring in this workshop. The timing was perfect as it coincided with the over 1700 artists in town for Artprize.
I regularly check the Artserve website and newsletters for current information that is relevant for artists and art organizations. It is a tremendous opportunity for me, personally, to learn and model myself after the professional members of the staff. Thank you for your tremendous and tireless work for the arts.

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I would create more satellite locations in the field for rural artists and small city artists to have access to the resources.

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