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Washtenaw County Candidates Will Discuss The Economic Impact Of The Arts

Jun 29, 2016

Arts funding is the focus of a town hall with Washtenaw County candidates Wednesday evening.

 

The event is organized by Creative Many Michigan, the Arts Alliance, and the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.  Candidates will talk about how they plan to incorporate the economic impact of the arts into policy decisions.

Deb Polich is President of the Arts Alliance.

She says,

 

“Creative industries on a national level is 4.2 percent of the GDP.  It’s big business and as we look at economic development in every community in Washtenaw County, this is an opportunity for our community for growth.”

Polich says the impact of the arts is often looked over as an opportunity for economic growth, even though the arts sector is 4.2% of the national GDP.

The forum begins Wednesday at 5:30 PM at Eastern Michigan University’s Student Center.  89.1 WEMU’s David Fair will moderate the event.

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— Amanda LeClaire is a reporter and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News.  Contact her at 734.487.3363 or email her aleclair@emich.edu