Exploring Opportunity

By Alicia Frank

Photo by Lenon James Photography


Midland center for the arts welcomes new communications manager

Lansing native Josh Holliday recently moved to the Great Lakes Bay Region, where he accepted a new position as the communications and public relations manager for the Midland Center for the Arts. Holliday discusses his love of the performing arts and his excitement to become a member of the new community in which he now resides. In his new role, Holliday is responsible for making sure people know of the tremendous things they have access to in the Great Lakes Bay Region.


Q: How did you end up in the Great Lakes Bay Region?

A: I have been passionate about the performing arts my entire life. After attending college at Michigan State University, I discovered that I wanted to be working in a performing arts center as my career. Thankfully a few of my professional mentors have landed here at the Midland Center for the Arts, opening that opportunity for me to explore working here.


Q: As someone who is recently new to the area, what do you find most appealing about living in the Great Lakes Bay Region?

A: As someone who moved from Lansing, equally a cool and upcoming town in our state, I always desired to be closer to the Great Lakes. I have found the ways in which this region invests in amenities, cultural offerings and infrastructure to be a large driver in me finding this community appealing. Its close proximity to the Great Lakes and waterways connecting to them is just icing on the cake.


Q: What do you love best about working at the Midland Center for the Arts?

A: The part that I love most about working at the center is the variety of programs and events we offer. We truly have something for everyone. Whether you want to attend a show, take an art class, perform on stage with our theater or choirs, or bring your family to our museums, we are able to provide access to some of the most incredible programs … here in our own community. In my role, I get to tell that story and ensure people get to enjoy the gem of a facility we have here in the region.


Q; What advice do you have for someone looking to make a career change in a different town or city?

A: My biggest piece of advice is to get involved, network, try local restaurants and businesses, and even attend the local festivals. I am finding this community to be incredibly welcoming, continually opening the door for me as I meet a new group of people. As a young person, I have found the events with MYPros are very helpful.