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September 23, 2014

WIXOM, Mich. – ArtServe Michigan - the state’s leading statewide arts and cultural advocacy organization – announced it has changed its name to Creative Many Michigan, effective immediately.

The change to Creative Many Michigan emphasizes the evolution and inclusivity of the organization’s work for arts, culture and creative and design industries in both for-profit and nonprofit sectors and broadens the function of its efforts as an economic development advocate on their behalf. In tandem with the name change, Creative Many Michigan has refined its mission “to develop creative people, creative places and the creative economy for a competitive Michigan.”

“As Creative Many Michigan we strengthen our leadership role and accelerate our momentum in advancing the power of Michigan’s creative economy and building a more competitive Michigan,” said Jennifer Goulet, president and CEO of Creative Many Michigan. “Our new name aligns our identity with the expanding portfolio of our work to better advocate for and serve the arts, culture and creative and design industries.”

Under its new identity, the organization remains committed to such initiatives as Creative State Michigan research and reporting, advocacy and public policy leadership, Lawyers for the Creative Economy legal support, professional practice programs for artists and creative practitioners and the sharing of its resources, networks and information.

“Creative Many Michigan embraces the history of ArtServe Michigan’s work and achievements with traditional arts communities while allowing the organization to reach out to new creative communities to supplement and further impact its work,” added Goulet.

ArtServe Michigan has provided artists, creative practitioners and arts and cultural organizations with knowledge, networks, advocacy and resources to position them for achieving their goals since 2008.

Masco Corporation Foundation provided funding assistance for the name transition. “ArtServe Michigan built its reputation on its ability to emphasize the significant ways arts and culture strengthen the economy and serve our communities,” said Melonie Colaianne, president of the MASCO Corporation Foundation. “Now, as Creative Many Michigan, its ability to expand upon this mission will only better support how creativity helps fuel Michigan’s resurgence.”

About Creative Many Michigan

Creative Many Michigan, formerly ArtServe Michigan, is a statewide economic development organization focused on the mission to develop creative people, creative places and the creative economy for a competitive Michigan. Creative Many Michigan emphasizes the power of creativity through advocacy/public policy, research/reporting, professional practice programs, strategic communications and networking for the greater good of the arts, culture and creative and design industries. Contact Creative Many Michigan at 248-912-0760 or visit CreativeMany.org.

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