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ARTSERVE MICHIGAN INC
January 26, 2011

I have partnered with ArtServe Michigan since it was first formed. Most recently I partnered with them in my role as Michigan Department of Education Arts Education Specialist - a role from which I have recently retired. It is a pleasure to comment on the importance of ArtServe Michigan to the cultural well-being of our state. From the annual student workshops with international caliber clinicians, to the daily updates on arts advocacy issues, I have relied on ArtServe Michigan's to be there as the state's voice on arts advocacy. They have been successful in reducing competitiveness across arts and arts education organizations creating a collaborative environment in which the State Department of Education, the State Arts Council and the Michigan Youth Arts Association have been able to create an arts education agenda for the state. ArtServe also provided direct service to public schools in Detroit without dedicated arts educators through a Comic Book Literacy project in which students produced their own comics and teachers received the professional development needed to continue the work in their schools without additional assistance. A non-profit I am president of has also participated in the Michigan Cultural Data Project. The face to face and webinar support has been invaluable to a small non-profit managing its resources.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

They were the lead partner in the 2001 Michigan Arts Education Survey which provided the state with data related to student participation in the arts and professional development of teachers in the arts. This baseline information was used for the succeeding 10 years. They are now partners in the 2011 Arts Education Census.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Encourage them to remain actively involved in arts education advocacy.

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & Retired Michigan Department of Education Arts Education Specialist.