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Winter Art Tour

On this week’s "Art & Soul," 89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry talks to Omari Rush, the executive director of CultureSource, and Cara Rosaen, the lead organizer of the Winter Art Tour, which is happening the weekend of December 8-10 in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.

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This week, Art and Soul is about the visual arts in Washtenaw County.

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry speaks with Omari Rush, executive director of Culture Source.  They talk about arts events in Washtenaw County and the shape of the arts in Southeastern Michigan.


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This week, Art and Soul is about the visual arts in our community.  89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry is joined by Omari Rush, vice president of strategic initiatives for the Ann Arbor Art Center and Olivia Guterson. Guterson is a recruiting coordinator for Duo Security in Ann Arbor and also an artist painting a mural in the company's newest location the historic Allmendinger Building on First Street in Ann Arbor.


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This week's "Art and Soul" is all about the visual arts.  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry sits down with Omari Rush from the Ann Arbor Art Center and with a local artist who's emerging from the local art scene.


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As we informed you in a brief story late last month, Ann Arbor resident and former Miss Washtenaw County Heather Kendrick was named Miss Michigan.  In this longer version, we explore more in-depth her platform of supporting the arts, including right here in Washtenaw County, as well as how the arts changed her life forever. 


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It's been less than a week since Ann Arbor resident Heather Kendrick was crowned Miss Michigan, but the former Miss Washtenaw County is already hard at work. 


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Lovers of art will find that there will be plenty to do this summer in Ann Arbor.

89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry speaks with Omari Rush from the Ann Arbor Art Center, and Deb Polich, director of Artrain and the Ann Arbor Arts Alliance, about a special film event taking place this month benefiting the five Michigan Medicine programs of Big Hearts for Seniors.


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Spring is a busy time for visual arts activities in Washtenaw County,  In this week's Art and Soul, I talk to Omari Rush, director of external relations at the Ann Arbor Art Center, about the latest events coming up in your area involving the visual arts.


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Plans are in the final stages for an art installation as part of the under-construction Stadium Boulevard project near Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.


This week on Art & Soul I am joined by the Ann Arbor Arts Center’s Director of Community Engagement, Omari Rush, to talk about the visual arts.

The recent election has left many people with concerns about the future funding of the arts. Omari talks about what people can do to protect them and how they can get involved.


Ypsi Alloy Studio

On this week's Art & Soul, I talk with Omari Rush from the Ann Arbor Art Center about the upcoming "Emergent Effect" exhibition taking place this month.

We speak with Elize Jekabson of Ypsi Alloy Studios, which is partnering with the Ann Arbor Art Center on the exhibition.


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I am joined by Omari Rush, the director of Community Engagement at the Ann Arbor Art Center, and Cara Rosaen, lead organizer of the newly created Winter Art Tour happening this weekend in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.

Rosaen explains why the art tour was created and how it incorporates a number of different art shows and sales happening locally this weekend into one big event.


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This week on Art and Soul, I'm joined by the director of community engagement for the Ann Arbor Art Center, Omari Rush, and John Kotarski, the Chair of the City of Ann Arbor Public Art Commission.

We talk about the new and improved art commission, which works for the city council to put art in public places across Ann Arbor.


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This week on Art & Soul: The Visual Arts, the director of community engagement for the Ann Arbor Art Center Omari Rush and I talk about a number of events going on in our community.

There is a new event called "YpsiGLOW," taking place in Ypsilanti later this month.

That's where the conversation begins...


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In this edition of Art and Soul, I am joined by the director of community engagement for the Ann Arbor Art Center, Omari Rush, and special guest Lynette Lao, president of the board for the Fly Children's Art Center in Ypsilanti.

"Fly" is designing one of the special pavilions that will be part of Pop-X running September 22nd to October 1st in Ann Arbor's Liberty Plaza.

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On this week's program, I talk to Omari Rush, the director of community engagement for the Ann Arbor Art Center.

The discussion included the rich and exciting art scene that continues to grow in Ypsilanti.


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This edition of Art and Soul focuses on comics and animation with special guests Jerzy and Anne Drozd.

Jerzy Drozd creates comics and is known as the "pied piper of children" at the Ann Arbor Art Center. He describes himself as a "person who writes with pictures" and says the youth comics market is a growing field right now.

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In this edition, Omari Rush of the Ann Arbor Art Center and I make a visit to a very special home on the west side of Ann Arbor to talk about the visual arts in and around Ann Arbor. 

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Art and Soul is a conversation about the visual arts in the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti area with Omari Rush, the director of community engagement at the Ann Arbor Art Center.


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Art and Soul is a monthly review of visual arts activities around Washtenaw County with Lisa Barry and Omari Rush from the Ann Arbor Art Center.


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Art and Soul is a monthly review of visual arts activities around Washtenaw County with Lisa Barry and Omari Rush from the Ann Arbor Art Center.

Included in the discussion is an upcoming event called, "GIG The Art of Michigan Music," an event featuring concert photography, GIG posters and shirt designs at the Ann Arbor Art Center.

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The ten-day, outdoor POP X art festival started today at Liberty Plaza Park in downtown Ann Arbor. 

A recording of water streaming is the first thing you hear when you enter the one square foot pavilion sponsored by the Ann Arbor Women Artists.  The pop-up room is decorated with cupcakes, fruit and other goodies you would find at a picnic.  

Artist Mary Murphy helped put the exhibit together out of paper mache, steel and glass.  Murphy says the life of an artist could be lonely while working on pieces so she enjoyed working with other artists on this project.

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Art & Soul is a new feature from 89.1 WEMU that looks at the visual arts experience happening in our community.

  It focuses on the rich and vibrant art scene available locally with information on what's happening now, soon and what's coming up around town.
  This week I spoke with Omari Rush from the Ann Arbor Art Center about a new outdoor art festival called Pop-X. It's an outdoor exhibition of art in downtown Ann Arbor's Liberty Plaza Park and it launches on October 15th.