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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. 


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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!' 


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.


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.


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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." 


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." 


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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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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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.   


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.