Former Howell Parks & Rec director appointed to state arts council

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Debbie Mikula

Howell resident Debbie Mikula has been appointed to a three-year term on the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs by Gov. Rick Snyder.

Mikula, currently the executive director for the Arts Council of Greater Lansing, was the director of the Howell Area Parks and Recreation Authority from 2007-2013. She began a number of innovative and popular programs and events during her tenure, including The Headless Horseman 5K/10K, Marion Twp. Disc Golf Course, Marshmallow Drop & Moon Glow, Crosstown Kids Triathlon, Twilight Tours of the Historic Lakeview Cemetery, Splash & Dash Indoor Triathlon, Buck Pole, Holiday in the Park, Classic Film Series, and more.

The 15-member Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs is housed within the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and, according to a release from the Snyder’s office, it helps “create an environment of artistic, creative and cultural activity to support Michgian’s quality of life and economic vitality.”

Mikula, who holds a bachelor’s degree in theater from Michigan State University, is also an adjunct instructor at MSU.

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