Ann Arbor Art Fairs

Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

One of Ann Arbor's four art fairs is marking its 45th anniversary this year.  It's not just the weather that officials with the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair are celebrating.


Beyond a piece of art you bring home, mostly visitors are left with only memories of each year's Ann Arbor Art Fair. One booth has been recording those memories for years.

From little kids holding their parents hands to adults clutching some art on a stick, Courtney Kistler asks a simple question, "Hey wanna be on TV?"  Kistler is a production assistant with Community Television Network, or CTN.

She says people typically talk about what they like of the art fair or a new purchase, but it's a free open mic so she hears some interesting stories as well.  "We had a guy who was from India give a little bit of his life history and then he talked about himself in Hindi as well.  So that was pretty cool."

Janice Degen
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With about 1,000 artists on hand Ann Arbor's Art Fair gives visitors the chance to check out nearly as many unique art forms.  There also are several places where you can see artists at work.    

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Mr B at the Ann Arbor Art Fair
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

At the Ann Arbor Art Fair, the pieces on display are a feast for the eyes.  They’re accompanied by all kinds of incredible music.  


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Nearly 1,000 artists have come to Ann Arbor to sell their work in this year's Art Fair.  About a half million visitors are expected at the 30 block event that is made up of 4 separate art fairs.


www.artfair.org

The Ann Arbor Art Fairs begin tomorrow and run through Saturday evening. As a result, there are several street closures downtown. The closures begin at 7:00am Tuesday morning and run through noon, Sunday, July 20th.   

According to the City of Ann Arbor, closures include:

Townie Street Party
Ann Arbor Street Art Fair: The Original

About a thousand artists and a half million visitors are expected in Ann Arbor for the city's four art fairs.  Before art takes over the city the 10th annual Townie Street Party is Monday night.  


The Ann Arbor Street Fair, The Orginal

The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, The Original has been running at a financial deficit the last few years. Event organizers put the annual losses at a range from $5,700  to $8,000. 

Ann Arbor City Council  is dedicating $10,000 to it's community events fund to help cover anticipated losses in 2014. City Council Member Christopher Taylor explains that the unique importance of the art fair makes it worth supporting.

SEE ALSO: The Shadow Art Fair Set To Make Its Last Stand

Overall, the city charges the four art fairs about $60,000 for barriers, extra safety services, and trash removal.  $8,000  is paid by the original art fair.  This fair also pays rent to the University of Michigan and has limited sponsorship options because it's located on campus.

Christopher Taylor also says that the the other three art fairs haven't requested funding from the city, but did write in support of the original art fair receiving assistance.  He says the unique importance of the art fair to the city makes this investment worthwhile and doesn't serve as a precedent for funding other events.

Listen to Andrew Cluley's full report.

 — Andrew Cluley is a reporter and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him aCluley@emich.edu.

The Shadow Art Fair Set To Make Its Last Stand

Jul 19, 2013

Saturday is likely to be a bitter-sweet day at the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti. That is the site of what will be the last-ever Shadow Art Fair. WEMU's Bob Eccles has this report.


The Michigan Theater

In this week's installment of Cinema Chat, Michigan Theater Program Director Amanda Bynum sat in for her boss, Russ Collins.  She came to the studio with an abundance of information, and joined WEMU's David Fair in enthusiastically good spirits! 


EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EDT FRIDAY

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning,  to be in effect until 8pm Friday. This warning replaces the earlier heat advisory. That is no longer in effect. 

Hundreds of people Monday night flocked to the annual Ann Arbor Townie Street Party. As WEMU’s David Fair reports, the event serves one part kick-off to the upcoming Ann Arbor Art fairs, and one part “thanks” to local residents for enduring the influx of some half-a million people over the next several days.

The Art Fairs begin this week in Ann Arbor. Tonight, locals get a pat on the back for being good sports about hosting the large crowds the  fairs bring to the downtown area. As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports,  there will be plenty to do at tonight's kick-off to Art fairs week.

The Michigan Theater

  Every Thursday at 7:40am, WEMU's David Fair visits with the Executive Director of the Michigan Theater to cover Hollywood news, and provide a heads up on all of the movies available in the area over the coming weekend. Today, was certainly no exception, as David welcomed Russ Collins back to the studio!