Hosting a series of classes, exhibitions, a market, and most famously the Arts & Apples Festival, Paint Creek Center for the Arts of Michigan is a beacon for all things visual and performing arts. Executive Director Tami Salisbury recently spoke on her passion for her work and the way she feels the arts stimulate the world.
"I really look at this organization as an economic development tool. We fulfill a quality of life expectation," Salisbury stated, and rightfully so; the Art & Apples Festival is one of the nation’s top fine arts fairs, showcasing works from nearly 300 artists. Taking place in the 30-acre Rochester Park, its fair enough to assume that an incredible amount of manpower is needed for this 3-day event.
Salisbury noted the job-yielding power of the arts—including, but not at all limited to extravaganzas such as this. “[T]here are a number of career paths in the arts... There are a number of careers that having a foundation in the arts prepares you for.” In this way, the festival shows us directly how the arts create jobs, and the pure enjoyment from attendees solidifies the quality of life expectation Salisbury mentioned; and, as she noted, the arts foster creativity, one of employers’ most highly sought-after skills.
Photo courtesy of Arts & Apples Festival