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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. 


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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
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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."


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." 


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

Dozens of Ypsilanti High School and Middle School students will be treated to a special film opening next month thanks to a local fundraising campaign that exceeded expectations.


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'. 


WSG Gallery

On this week’s Art & Soul: The Visual Arts, 89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry and Culture Source’s Omari Rush speak with Valerie Mann, who runs the WSG Gallery in Ann Arbor, and is the co-founder of Salt Valley Arts in Saline.


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. 


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. 


Lisa Barry / 89.1 WEMU

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."  


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. 


Courtesy photo / Deb Polich

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.


Amanda Orr / amandamckaydesigns.com

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.


The Arts Alliance of Washtenaw County is have a special ceremony and celebration next Sunday and awarding three medals for Arts, Science and Humanities and two 21st Century Awards. Ann Arbor musician and recent finalist on the TV show "The Voice," Laith Al-Saadi is winning the Spotlight Artist Award, and I spoke to him about that and the importance of the arts in our community as well as what life is like since his TV show experience.  

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