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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. 

Grants Resource / http://www.grantsresource.org

For many arts and cultural organizations, May is "grants month."  The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs' annual grant deadline is June 1st, and many are scrambling to gain access to available funding.  Scott Rosencrans makes a living winning access to that grant money.  He is owner of Grants Resource and joins WEMU's David Fair and Deb Polich of The Arts Alliance for a look at the process and importance of grant writing in this week's installment of 'creative:impact.' 


A lot of people work are working hard to make sure you never know they are there.  They work lighting, costuming, sound, stage maintenance, and projection at the film and live events you attend.  It is an important component of the area's cultural sector and the focus on this week's "creative:impact" on 89,1 WEMU. 


7 Cylinders Studio / https://7cylinders.com/

There are film and video careers to be had and a living to be made in Washtenaw County.  But, you will have to hustle for it.  Donald Harrison of Ypsilanti has been doing exactly that with his 7 Cylinders Studio.  The former executive director of the Ann Arbor Film Festival shares his expertise on making an impact in the film and video world in Washtenaw County in this week's edition of 'creative:impact!' 


The Ark / http://theark.org/

If you've ever been to a music performance at The Ark, you know why it is a revered venue, not only in Ann Arbor, but throughout the country.  For musicians and audience alike, it is small, intimate, and welcoming. 

Leslie Science and Nature Center

Exposing all generations of people to nature and engendering a connection and appreciation for the outdoors.  That is a big part of what is happening at the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor.  For those that participate, it is making a difference.  In this week's 'creative:impact' segment, WEMU's David Fair and president and CEO of the Arts Alliance, Deb Polich, further explore the difference the center is making now and for the future. 


Aubrey Grace Photography

You never know where a musical journey may take you.  On 'creative:impact' this week, you'll follow the journey of a local woman who has ended up in a different place than expected.  Jennifer Jones, a classically trained piano player and cellist, took up guitar and songwriting and is now running a fully-functioning, music-management machine in Ann Arbor.  From player to entrepreneur, this is the story of the founder of Sadie Madden Music in a modern day “Gig Economy.” 


creative:impact-The Art Of Industrial Design

Apr 10, 2018
Allen Samuels

From the outside, looking in, it may be easy to dismiss industrial design as something less than artistic.  That would be a mistake.  In fact, it is one of the engines driving the creative sector. No one knows that better than Allen Samuels.  He was worked in the field as an inventor, entrepreneur, corporate leader and teacher.  He offers up his expertise in this 'creative:impact' conversation with WEMU's David Fair and Deb Polich, President and CEO of The Arts Alliance.  


Ann Arbor Hands on Museum / https://www.aahom.org/

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility.  Since The Americans With Disabilities Act was passed by Congress in 1990, accessibility has fortunately moved beyond a check list of "must meet" requirements to a desire to work towards making arts and cultural facilities and programs accessible to the broadest possible audiences.  And, it has not been by mandate.  The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum's 'My Turn' program is an example of this shift.  In 'creative:impact' this week, you'll meet Larissa Kunynskyj and Gwen Dunlop.  Larissa is the Accessibility Programs Coordinator at the Hands-On Museum.  Gwen is a parent whose personal experience led her to found and operate Aim High School to serve those on the autism spectrum and to help inspire the 'My Turn' program.  

Courtesy Photo / www.julienagel.net

Do you have a fear of public speaking?  Presenting on stage?  In this week's edition of WEMU's 'creative:impact,' we explore performance anxiety issues with Dr. Julie Jaffee Nagel of Ann Arbor.  Dr. Nagel was a Julliard-trained concert pianist with some performance fears.  She now runs a therapeutic enterprise to help others address those same issues and has authored the book, "Managing Stage Fright." 


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." 


Arts Alliance
The Arts Alliance / a3arts.org

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.


David Fair / 89.1 WEMU

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."


State Theatre
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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.


Sue McLeary

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.


Pittsfield Township / http://www.pittsfield-mi.gov/

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." 


Ari Weinszeig, Zingerman's
Courtesy photo The Ann / theannmag.com

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." 


Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

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. 


BTN LiveBig

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. 


Mary Thiefels
Novemberista's Crew / treetownmurals.com

'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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