Jane Lumm http://wemu.org en Ann Arbor City Council May Have Resolved Debate Over Public Art Program http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-city-council-may-have-resolved-debate-over-public-art-program <p>Ann Arbor will use general fund money to help the public art program transition to a new funding model, but over $940,000 in old percent for art funds are being returned to their original sources.&nbsp; That’s the result of three resolutions passed by city council Monday night to hopefully end the long debate over the program.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 05:04:20 +0000 Andrew Cluley 42295 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor City Council May Have Resolved Debate Over Public Art Program Debate Continues Over Ann Arbor's Public Art Program http://wemu.org/post/debate-continues-over-ann-arbors-public-art-program <p>Ann Arbor City Council remains conflicted on the city’s public art program.&nbsp; Council Tuesday night voted ten to nothing for an ordinance amendment that allows them to return old percent for art funds to their original source.&nbsp; Two resolutions to actually do this however were postponed.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 08:08:06 +0000 Andrew Cluley 41737 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Public Art Funding Clawback Closes In, Administrator Contract Rejected http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-public-art-funding-clawback-closes-administrator-contract-rejected <p>The battle over the future of <a href="http://wemu.org/post/plans-change-funding-public-art-ann-arbor-move-forward">public art</a> in Ann Arbor continues, with City Council approving the first reading of an ordinance amendment to allow them to return up to $840,000 to other departments.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A six month extension of Public Art Administrator Aaron </span>Seagraves<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> contract was then rejected.</span></p><p>Council member Jack Eaton expects to bring the contract back up for a vote after final approval of the amendment to the public art ordinance to allow old "Percent for Art" funds to be returned.&nbsp; Eaton says he's sorry for Seagraves but democracy is sometimes messy.</p><p><br />Council member Jane Lumm wants proposed Art Projects at Argo Cascades, the Stadium Bridges, and the Kingsley Rain Garden completed.&nbsp; However she thinks a clean break needs to be made between the old program and one where the city partners with a non-profit organization.</p><p><br />Chair of the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission Bob Miller says a change would be good but it appears city council is holding public art administrator Aaron Seagraves hostage over the funding debate.<br /><br />Mayor John Hieftje is disappointed with council's vote on the administrator, and fears they may lose him even if the contract extension is approved in two weeks.</p><p><em>Earlier WEMU coverage of the Public Art Funding issues can be found here:</em></p><ul><li><a href="http://wemu.org/post/plans-change-funding-public-art-ann-arbor-move-forward"><strong>Plans to Change Funding for Public Art in Ann Arbor Move Forward</strong></a></li><li><strong><a href="http://wemu.org/post/public-input-sought-public-art-project-new-ann-arbor-rain-garden"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Public Input Sought For Public Art Project At New Ann Arbor Rain Garden</span></a></strong></li></ul><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 09:28:59 +0000 Andrew Cluley 41060 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor Public Art Funding Clawback Closes In, Administrator Contract Rejected Lumm Re-Elected in Ann Arbor's Second Ward Council Race http://wemu.org/post/lumm-re-elected-ann-arbors-second-ward-council-race <p>Voters in Ann Arbor's Second Ward have re-elected Jane Lumm to City Council.&nbsp; Lumm claimed 56 percent of the vote yesterday, while Democrat Kirk Westphal received 42 percent and Conrad Brown of the Mixed Use Party got two percent.&nbsp;</p><p>Lumm says her victory is another sign Ann Arbor voters want a focus on core services.&nbsp; Lumm says she's pleased that overall city council continues to gain independent voices that will encourage greater debate.&nbsp;</p><p>Westphal says he hopes to continue to serve on the planning commission and other boards but is concerned city council will pass on opportunities to enhance Ann Arbor's future.<br /> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 08:17:54 +0000 Andrew Cluley 37338 at http://wemu.org Election Preview: Ann Arbor's 2nd Ward City Council Race http://wemu.org/post/election-preview-ann-arbors-2nd-ward-city-council-race <p>Ann Arbor's 2nd Ward City Council race may be the most hotly contested. Two of the three candidates have raised more money than all other council candidates in the city, combined.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 19:35:40 +0000 Andrew Cluley 37152 at http://wemu.org Election Preview: Ann Arbor's 2nd Ward City Council Race Ann Arbor City Council Delays Vote on Accepting Ypsilanti Township into the AAATA http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbor-city-council-delays-vote-accepting-ypsilanti-township-aaata <p>Ann Arbor City Council on Monday night postponed a vote on amending the articles of incorporation of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority to include Ypsilanti Township.</p><p></p><p>As WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports, council voted eight to three last night to delay a decision until the second meeting in November.</p><p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 16:02:14 +0000 Andrew Cluley 36651 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor City Council Delays Vote on Accepting Ypsilanti Township into the AAATA Ann Arbor's Percent For Art Program is Replaced http://wemu.org/post/ann-arbors-percent-art-program-replaced <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Public Art Ordinance in Ann Arbor has been revised, and the result is elimination of the "Percent for Art"&nbsp; mechanism of arts funding. Tue, 04 Jun 2013 14:42:54 +0000 Andrew Cluley 30325 at http://wemu.org Ann Arbor's Percent For Art Program is Replaced