Creative Many Michigan Elects Two New Members to Board of Directors
DETROIT – Creative Many Michigan (formerly ArtServe Michigan), the statewide economic development organization for the arts, culture and creative and design industries, announced Arnold Weinfeld, CEO and chairman of Prima Civitas Foundation in East Lansing, Mich. and Ken Krayer, executive director of Design West Michigan in Grand Rapids, Mich. were elected to the Board of Directors.
Members across Michigan elected to the Board of Directors are active in public policy, business, economic development, cultural organizations, civic affairs, higher education, law, and local government and serve up to three three-year terms. The Board meets quarterly and works collaboratively to guide the organization in its statewide efforts to advocate, connect and support the creative and design community as a contributing force to Michigan’s economic competitiveness and the vitality of its communities.
Weinfeld began his role as CEO and chairman of Prima Civitas in March 2014 and serves as the day-to-day officer in charge of carrying out the organization’s mission to strengthen Michigan’s economy by connecting, convening, collaborating and adding expert capacity that supports Michigan’s economic growth. Prior to joining Prima Civitas, Weinfeld served as director of strategic initiatives and state and federal affairs for the Michigan Municipal League for nearly a decade and as president for the Michigan Municipal League Foundation. He also served in various public policy roles, spanning nearly a decade, for the Michigan House of Representatives as a legislative aide, policy analyst and policy director.
Prima Civitas offers a full range of direct services to public and private agencies, including project/grant management and administration services, collaborative brokering services and economic and workforce development consulting.
An active member of the community, Weinfeld is a member of the Michigan Recreation and Park Association, Michigan Rural Council, Prima Civitas Foundation, Michigan Health Insurance and the Life Guaranty Association and served on the Board of Waverly Education Foundation and Waverly Community Schools. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in social science from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich.
As Design West Michigan’s new executive director, Krayer will use his broad experience as an independent design consultant and adjunct professor of industrial design to help grow the organization and its mission.
As part of Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD), Design West Michigan aims to help educate non-designers on design thinking, advocate for design evaluation as part of business strategy, be an on-going catalyst for the region’s design network, bring key design thinkers into the region for public presentations and demonstrate the value of design through case studies and business and design interactions and help promote design thinking experiences in K-12 education.
Krayer is an active member of the Industrial Design Society of America, Design Management Institute, Design West Michigan and Society for Experimental Form. He earned his Master of Fine Arts degree at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. and his bachelor’s degree in art education at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in Edinboro, Pa.
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 313-483-5705 or visit CreativeMany.org.
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June 16, 2015