The Fayette Arts Council now has an intern working to assist with Opera House events.
Delta resident Kristin Michalkiewicz will assist the council with public relations for Opera House events, fund raising, grant applications and other tasks.
Michalkiewicz grew up in the same Delta neighborhood as Fayette school choir director Kelly Barkheimer, and it was Barkheimer who suggested contacting the Arts Council about an internship while Michalkiewicz continues her search for a job.
Michalkiewicz earned a degree in music education from Adrian College and recently completed a master’s degree in arts management from Columbia College in Chicago. She describes her graduate studies as a business degree for the arts.
“I haven’t found a job yet, so I figured volunteering is a good way to add to my résumé,” Michalkiewicz said.
That decision is a boon for the Arts Council, said board member Tom Spiess, especially as planning continues for a panel discussion this month that will focus on school and community ties and how that could help school districts meet state requirements.