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Creative industries in Washtenaw County add hundreds of millions of dollars to the local economy. In the weeks and months to come, 89.1 WEMU will explore the people, places and things that serve as the driving force behind one of Michigan's strongest cultural hubs.

 89.1 WEMU is proud to report an expansion of local content that will take you behind the scenes of the creative industries in Washtenaw County.  This new feature will explore the impacts, often unseen, these efforts have on our quality of life.  Deb Polich is President and CEO of The Arts Alliance and WEMU's lead content partner on this project.  creative:impact will air at 7:50am and 9:50am each Tuesday as part of Morning Edition. 

Eastern Michigan University has sent a 17-student contingent to Washington D.C. for National Arts Advocacy Day.  It's part education and part functional plea for continuing investment in the arts and arts education.  What are the hopes and expectations?  That's the focus this week on 89.1 WEMU's "creative:impact." 

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In this week's "creative:impact," WEMU's David Fair talks to Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich about developments in the arts community, so far, in the first quarter of 2018.  Additionally, they discuss what else is coming up in the arts world later this year.

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The Neutral Zone has been doing great work with Ann Arbor-area kids for a long time.  Did you know it has its own record label?  'Youth Owned Records' is teaching kids the ins and outs of the music business with some life lessons thrown in for good measure.  Learn more in this week's edition of 89.1 WEMU's "creative:impact."

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Renovating the historic State Theatre was a huge undertaking, but it took a certain kind of artist to make its marquee light up the Ann Arbor streets again.  In this week's "creative:impact," WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich talk to Mark Chalou, who owns and operates Chalou Designs, which builds neon signs for local businesses.

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Nature can provide a lot of artistic inspiration, especially when looking at flowers.  In this week's "creative:impact," WEMU's David Fair and Arts Alliance CEO Deb Polich talk to Sue Mcleary, who owns and operates Passionflower, an Ann Arbor-based business that specializes in wearable floral arrangements.

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The arts create a pathway to community growth and enhanced quality of life.  That is the contention in Pittsfield Township where arts are an official part of the overall master plan.  Township Supervisor Mandy Grewal explains why including the arts is vitally important as the featured guest on this week's edition of 89.1 WEMU's "creative:impact." 

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For some, it might seem incongruous to try and run a business from the perspective of an artist.  It's exactly that perspective that has made the Zingerman's Community of Businesses such a success. In this week's 'creative:impact," we explore the artistic vision of Zingerman's co-founder and co-owner, Ari Weinzweig, and the business model it helped create that is being imitated around the world. 

While Toyota is among the automakers displaying its new and future vehicles at the Detroit International Auto Show this week, its presence continues to be felt in Washtenaw County.  The car company is a major employer and is investing in area students and cultural organizations.  That's the focus of our "creative:impact" conversation with Toyota North American Community Relations Consultant, Praveena Ramaswami. 

On January 29th, The Arts Alliance will hold its annual event dedicated to honoring those making contributions in the creative sector.  In this week's "creative:impact," you'll hear from the recipients of the 2018 "Excellence in Philanthropy Medal." 

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The arts community around southeast Michigan is excited about new leadership in Lansing.  Omari Rush has been named chair of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.  Rush also serves as executive director of CultureSource after years as Vice President at the Ann Arbor Art Center.  Rush discusses his plans for the council with WEMU's David Fair and Deb Polich, president and CEO of The Arts Alliance, in this week's edition of 'creative:impact'. 

At the end of this month, the UM Museum of Natural History will close its doors.  The contents are being packed up at the Ruthven Museums Building and will be moved to the schools new Biological Science Building.  Listen as the director of the museum, Amy Harris, discusses the process of moving, the plans for a staggered opening and the impact the new facility will provide students and the public. 

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Michigan Medicine is a renowned medical center, lauded for its research, teaching and quality of care.  It is also at the fore of recognizing the healing powers of art.  89.1 WEMU's David Fair and President of the Arts Alliance, Deb Polich explore the innovative and expanding "Gifts of Art" program and the impact it's having on patients, doctors, nurses, and hospital staff.  The director of the Gifts of Art program is Elaine Sims and she is the guest on this week's edition of 'creative:impact." 

There is a lot going on in the week ahead. Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Shop Local Saturday, Cyber Monday and, on November 28th, Giving Tuesday.  WEMU's David Fair discusses the difference philanthropy and participation in these events can make to the area with Deb Polich, President and CEO of The Arts Alliance. 

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'Tis the season, as they say.  Thanksgiving is around the corner and just a little further down the road we hit the holiday season.  The festive spirit is already growing and you've likely seen that reflected in the windows of a growing number of business is Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County and parts of southeast Michigan.  Much of what you see is the work of a group of local artists that call themselves, the Novemberistas.  Mary Thiefels is owner and founder of TreeTown Murals in Ann Arbor and, whether you know it or not, you've driven by her outdoor murals for years!  In this week's edition of WEMU's "creative:impact," Mary shares the story of the Novemberistas, and more. 

The creative industries are tied to many facets of our personal lives and in our communities.  The health and well-being of this economic sector reaches beyond what many consider, "the arts."  As today is Election Day, this week's "creative:impact" focuses on the importance of elections and a cooperative spirit. 

It's been a long journey for the 16 Hands art gallery in Ann Arbor's Kerrytown District.  It wasn't always located there.  It has gone through temporary closures and relocate twice.  Owner Jill Damon has put much of her life into creating a place that matters to her, to her art and to the community.  WEMU's David Fair and president and CEO of the Arts Alliance, Deb Polich, bring you the story in a conversation with Jill Damon on this week's edition of "creative:impact."  

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What do Judy Collins, Tom Paxton, Jeff Daniels and the Capitol Steps have in common?  They are all represented by Ann Arbor-based, Fleming Artists.  In this week's "creative:impact," meet Jim Fleming, founder of Fleming Artists.  He'll tell you why he first chose Ann Arbor and why he's still here. 

From October 11th-14th, Americans for the Arts held its Executive Leadership Forum in Toledo, Ohio.  Arts organizations from around the country were represented to discuss successes and challenges in furthering the creative industries.  Get an inside look as to what lessons were learned and can be put to use in Ann Arbor and southeast Michigan.  Deb Polich is President and CEO of the Arts Alliance, WEMU's partner in "creative:impact," and she shares her experiences at the forum with our own David Fair. 

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In this week's "creative: impact," WEMU's Patrick Campion and Arts Alliance president Deb Polich sit down with Aileen Rohwer, who is executive director of Great Lakes Performing Artists Associatesa nonprofit agency that represents artists and venues in the Great Lakes region.

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You may not know it but, when it comes to publishing,  Washtenaw County is one of the biggest and most impactful communities in the country.  A prime example is Thomson-Shore, Inc. in Dexter.  In this week's "creative:impact," WEMU's David Fair and Deb Polich of The Arts Alliance catch up with the President of the creative publishing house, Kevin Spall. 

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September 10th through the 16th is National Arts Education Week. In this week's edition of "creative:impact," WEMU's David Fair talks with Creative Many Michigan's Sarah Triplett about an increased focus on Arts Education in Michigan and what it means for the present and future. 

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A grant-funded program is launching in the Washtenaw Intermediate Schools this year aimed at creating greater, and equal, access to creative education across the expanse of the district. Learn more about the "Arts and Creative Integration for Student Excellence," or ACEISE, initiative in this week's presentation of 89.1 WEMU's  "creative:impact."  

12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) is co-sponsor of a measure aimed at creating greater support for the creative industries, including artists. The legislation is known as the CREATE Act. In this week's edition of  creative:impact, WEMU's David Fair and President and CEO of  The Arts Alliance, Deb Polich, learn kmore about what passage of the bill would mean, locally.

Creative industries in Washtenaw County add hundreds of millions of dollars to the local economy.  In the weeks and months to come, 89.1. WEMU's David Fair and co-host Deb Polich, the President and CEO of The Arts Alliance, explore the myriad of contributors that make up the creative sector in Washtenaw County.   

Creative industries in Washtenaw County add hundreds of millions of dollars to the local economy.  In the weeks and months to come, 89.1. WEMU's David Fair explores how funding works to support the arts and humanities with the President and CEO of The Arts Alliance, Deb Polich.