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ArtServe President Jennifer Goulet Presents at Michigan Museums Association Annual Conference




WIXOM, Mich. –Jennifer Goulet, president and CEO of ArtServe Michigan, the leading statewide arts and cultural advocacy organization in Michigan, co-presented with Matthew Downey, M.P.A., program director of Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State, on Friday, Sept. 28 at the 2012 Annual Michigan Museums Association (MMA) Conference. Held at the Shoreline Inn and Conference Center in Muskegon, Mich., the session, titled “Where’s the Money,” focused on museum support, the importance of arts and cultural funding and effective resources for fundraising.


In the session, Goulet discussed the creative sector’s impact in Michigan and the advantages of participation in the Michigan Cultural Data Project [link to:]. Goulet introduced data from ArtServe’s Creative State Michigan [link: to] report, published in January 2012 from information gleaned through the Michigan Cultural Data Project, and the importance of data in making a case for arts funding. The session was chaired by Tim Chester, Principal, Timothy J. Chester & Associates, LLC, and Chair, Michigan Humanities Council.


The MMA has supported the work of Michigan museums for nearly 60 years. The annual conference is centered on improving and celebrating museums, with sessions guided by leaders in the cultural community. 


ArtServe Michigan Logo is a statewide nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to cultivating the creative potential of Michigan’s arts and cultural sector and creative industries to enhance the public health and well-being of Michigan, its people and communities. ArtServe advocates for arts, culture, arts education and the power of the creative economy in Michigan; provides leadership and professional development for artists, creative practitioners, and arts and cultural organizations; and connects arts and cultural leaders and supporters through strategic communications. Contact ArtServe Michigan at 248-912-0760 or visit


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