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Reinventing Michigan

What role do the arts play in the development and diversification of the Michigan economy?

A critical examination of the inextricable connection between a thriving cultural sector and economic development was the focus of Kenneth Fischer’s mid March address, “Why Investing in Arts and Culture Makes Sense for the Reinvention of Michigan.” In the video below, Fischer reflects on the vital role between the arts and economic development.

Fischer is president of the University Musical Society (UMS), a 132-year-old independent multi-disciplinary performing arts presenter with a long-standing affiliation with the University of Michigan. UMS presents up to 90 performances from an international elite of artists performing a range of musical, dance and theatrical styles. The Ann Arbor-based arts organization also sponsors and coordinates extensive educational programs, and receives endowment support from leading foundations.

Amid the ongoing state budget debate and intense public conversation about ways to reinvent the Michigan economy, Fischer talks about the proven ways the arts, cultural institutions, cultural events and programming foster economic development and cross-cultural understanding.  In addition to his role at UMS, Fischer has also served as U.S. State Department cultural ambassador to Brazil, China, Lithuania and Mexico.

The address was sponsored by University of Michigan Wolverine Caucus, Office of Government Relations, Alumni Association.


NOTE: Kenneth Fischer was recently recognized by his peers at the annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) Conference. To read the article, please visit A LEADER RECOGNIZED