An event in Lansing is expected to focus on the role of the arts in the development and diversification of the Michigan economy.
Kenneth Fischer is president of the University Musical Society, which is affiliated with the University of Michigan. He's scheduled to deliver an address Wednesday titled "Why Investing in Arts and Culture Makes Sense for the Reinvention of Michigan."
The event comes amid debate in Lansing over budget-related proposals from Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who says the state must reinvent itself to thrive.
The 132-year-old, Ann Arbor-based University Musical Society presents the work of international artists performing a range of musical, dance and theatrical styles. It also sponsors and coordinates educational programs.