Entries by Paul Shoemaker

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MICA Board Member Interviews | Xixi Shakes

In the next few weeks, we will be interviewing many of our board members to assemble a brief, personal profile on each of the people behind MICA! Our third interview was with Xixi Shakes. Xixi and husband Jonathan have been behind MICA since 2014, when they first heard about the exciting community effort to create […]

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Community Visioning … the Whole Community!

We believe in the power of the arts as a vehicle to teach us profound lessons about the most important art of all, the art of being human. Arts have an uncanny ability to circumvent politics and ideology. Art brings neighbors together to share meaningful experiences and creates important conversations and collaborations in a community that otherwise […]

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Community Visioning | Business Owners

Mercer Island business owners were the next group at a community input session.  This group stressed the desire for a “vibrant town center.” These residents agree that an arts center will bring in new types of commerce that could shape the ecosystem of the island, and hope that it could redefine existing perceptions of Mercer […]