CanDo! to Focus on Arts and Culture in March

This month, CanDo! (Charlotte Area Networking for Development and Opportunity) shifts its focus to the role that arts and culture play in a thriving, sustainable community.  The featured speaker will be Debbie Mikula from the Arts Council of Greater Lansing.

Ms. Mikula has been a “creative placemaker” since 1981 and has served as the Arts Council’s executive director since 2013. Her career has spanned working nationally with the League of Historic American Theatres, statewide with the Michigan Association of Community Arts Agencies, and locally with arts organizations like the Ramsdell Theatre in Manistee, Michigan. She believes that a place is made special by utilizing the arts as a driving force for change, improvement and revitalization.

Throughout the country, cities are scrambling to find ways to reinvent and revitalize downtowns, commercial districts and neighborhoods. Art and culture can play important roles and be the tipping point that all are looking for in Charlotte.

“Charlotte’s arts scene has been particular vibrant during the last few years,” said Gregg Guetschow, CanDo! Chairman. “We expect Debbie Mikula’s presentation to spark some big ideas for even more initiatives that local residents and organizations can undertake.”

Debbie Mikula will share her expertise with attendees on creative placemaking and also delve into the importance of advocating for more local and municipal resources dedicated to arts, culture and creativity.

Ms. Mikula’s presentation will be supplemented by Charlotte High School alumna Kelsey Adams. She will be sharing information about the upcoming cultural plan she is developing as part of her graduate studies.

The March 28 meeting will be held at the Charlotte Community Library, 226 S. Bostwick Street, beginning at 7:00 a.m. CanDo! general meetings are free to attend and open to the general public. Coffee and a light breakfast are provided at no cost to attendees. Information about CanDo! is available on its Facebook page and at