Who is Michigan ArtShare?

Diane Wilson - Founder and Executive Director
Michigan ArtShare is the brainchild of Executive Director, Diane Wilson. works to develop, coordinate, implement and monitor economic development strategies and community engagement activities that support the statewide strategy for cultural and economic development interests of Michigan State University. Her work takes her to Michigan communities where she engages with community leaders to promote educational and economic development activities for artists and musicians while engaging on a grass-roots level to implement programming that supports local engagement and statewide connection.

Diane Wilson joined MSU in 1990 at Wharton Center for Performing Arts and began working in the Office of the Vice President for Governmental Affairs in 2001. With the development and growth of Michigan ArtShare, Diane’s position now resides in MSU Extension within the Greening of Michigan Institute. Prior to coming to MSU, Diane was an insurance professional for American General Insurance Company, promoted local concerts and performances and engaged in regional political activities. Diane earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Women’s Studies and English and a Master of Arts degree in American Studies, all from MSU.

Amy Wellington - Project Director, Grant Writer
Amy Wellington has been with Michigan ArtShare since September 2012. Amy has previously held various positions within the Arts and Culture community of Michigan beginning in Ella Sharp Museum in Jackson, MI.  Amy began her role at the Ella’s education department renovating programs and producing all arts and cultural educational programming. Expanding her role at the Ella, Amy produced large community/fundraising events and curated special exhibits and added administrative duties, including Assistant Executive Director and Interim Executive Director.  She also served on the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Jackson County, Board of Directors (8 years), Executive Committee - Vice Chair, Public Art Committee Chair, and Education Committee.  Amy was the Region 16, Regional Re-granting Program Manager for MCACA in 2013 and 2014 and is a MCACA program grant reviewer. Amy holds a BFA from Alma College and continues to work as a mixed media artist in Jackson County.

Zac Brunell - Marketing & Social Media Manager, Detroit Bureau of Sound
Zac Brunell is a Detroit native and recently returned to the city after receiving his Percussion Performance degree from Michigan State University. Zac is the Director of the Detroit Bureau of Sound, a freshly minted MIAS partnership, which is a start-to-finish promotional organization for new music in the Motor City. As Marketing and Social Media Director for Michigan ArtShare, Zac is responsible for connecting the efforts of Michigan ArtShare to the public. As a performer, he has appeared in a variety of venues from seedy and stylish warehouses/bars/art galleries across the nation, to the Broad Museum at MSU, Orchestra Hall in Detroit, and Carnegie Hall in New York City.