From the Executive Director

OmariRush1Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has appointed CultureSource executive director Omari Rush to chair the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, effective immediately.

The 15-member council, appointed by the governor and housed within the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, helps create an environment of artistic, creative, and cultural activity to support Michigan's quality of life and economic vitality.

In FY2017 the Council awarded $9.7 million in grants to arts and culture programs throughout the state of Michigan. These 1,068 grants were awarded in 78 of 83 counties, reaching all 14 congressional districts.

“It's wonderful to see Omari's leadership recognized and leveraged at the state level. Given the excitement around his new role as CultureSource's executive director, I look forward to that same energy driving progress even more broadly throughout Michigan," said CultureSource board chair and Michigan Science Center president and CEO Dr. Tonya Matthews.

Rush was first appointed to the council in 2010 by former Governor Jennifer Granholm. He serves as its chair for a term expiring at the pleasure of the governor, and in this role replaces Andrew Buchholz of Interlochen Center for the Arts in Traverse City.