Presented by Diane Wilson

After attending the Great Labor Arts Exchange in 2010, we were so inspired to find more ways to share art and to provide opportunities for Michigan artists and musicians to work more. We began the process of a “cultural economic development” project by opening an art gallery with an acoustic stage called Art Alley (www.reoartalley.com) in an historical area of Lansing known as REO Town, named after R.E. Olds, the automobile pioneer for whom both the Oldsmobile and REO brands were named.

From that project we developed MI-ArtShare, which exists solely to create a network across Michigan that will find new venues to show art and share music and other staged performances for the purpose of creating economic opportunities for Michigan’s creative community. We focus primarily on emerging artists and musicians. Lots more to share and looking for an engaged group who would like to explore what we’ve done so far and what else is possible.