Historical Building Renovation Makes for Unique Venue for Jackson-Area Artists

By Melanie Hillard

Founded in 1829, Jackson, Michigan, is undergoing a transformation with its rich history of innovation and creativity at its heart.

Enter the Consumer’s Energy Innovation Center centrally located on Michigan Avenue in downtown Jackson in the former F.W. Woolworth Co’s five and dime store front.

The recently opened Innovation Center features lime green furniture, exposed steel beams and art. Original paintings and sculpture from Jackson-area artists have been rented by Consumer’s and are prominently displayed throughout the open work space.


Gary Wilcock

If you are an art lover, you must make a visit to the Consumer’s Energy Innovation Center a top priority this summer.

Many of the works of art were curated by the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Jackson County (ACAJC), a non-profit organization created to strengthen, support, and promote arts and culture throughout Jackson County.

Some of the organization’s artists whose work is currently on display include:

  • Janice Botsford
  • Julia Garnett
  • David Hessler
  • Elizabeth Hunt
  • Rob Mills
  • Betty Kay Price
  • Konstantine Prokos
  • Michelle Wellman
  • Gary Willcock

The Arts and Cultural Alliance is always looking to provide similar opportunities for artists in the area.

Julia Garnett

With their commitment to local art and artists, historic building preservation and creating a space for the entrepreneurial spirit to thrive in Jackson, the Innovation Center brings together many of the elements of the Creative Class, a noted driving force for economic development of post-industrial cities.

The Innovation Center joins a beautiful new park, the Weatherwax Hall with national touring pop, folk, and singer/songwriter acts and the 1930s era Michigan Theater — all of which are contributing to a revitalized downtown Jackson.

If you want to show your commitment to the arts in Jackson, consider becoming a member of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Jackson County.

The Consumer’s Innovation Center is located at 165 W. Michigan Avenue in Downtown Jackson and is open 9 AM – 5 PM, Monday through Friday.

Be sure to follow the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Jackson County on social media

Facebook: Arts and Cultural Alliance of Jackson County
Instagram @artsalliancejackson
Twitter @artsalliance

Melanie Hilliard is a marketing professional by day / photographer by night who lives in Jackson, Michigan. She's an avid reader, amateur travel bug, Energizing Education reading mentor and active member of the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Jackson County. You can keep up with her adventures on Instagram Twitter

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